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205. Michigan Maritime Museum

July 28, 2011

The great thing about the museum is right in the middle of the action of South Haven on the Black River. If you make a day of the beach and decide to wander to the pier along the river you end up at the Museum. If you wander the shops, get lunch along the river, and then end up at the museum. Making the museum your main reason to South Haven is a good reason and there is plenty to do at the museum to fill your day.

At the Michigan Maritime Museum experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes by visiting Michigan’s most distinguished institution of maritime research, preservation and education.

Five separate buildings offer a variety of engaging opportunities for the Museum visitor including permanent and changing exhibits on Michigan maritime history, a center for the teaching of boat building and related maritime skills, and a regionally renowned research library. Waterfront festivals and events are complemented by the hustle and bustle of a modern harbor and vast sandy beaches in one of west Michigan’s most picturesque shoreline communities.

The sloop Friends Good Will promotes tourism in West Michigan by providing the public with a wide variety of cultural and educational experiences. The historic replica is the only Tall Ship to sail the Great Lakes with a state-of-the-art, interactive, floating classroom designed for year-round instruction. Friends Good Will, fully U.S. Coast Guard approved for passengers, is available for day sails, as well as private charters.

There is a new “on water” experience available on the Lindy Lou, the Museum’s new river launch. The Lindy Lou is reminiscent of the river launches that took passengers up stream to resorts and picnic grounds, or simply provided a pleasant way for families and lovers to spend a lazy afternoon on the river around the turn of the century. The new launch takes its design cues from the famous Truscott Launch, a launch that was built in St Joseph, Michigan in the late 1800’s and could be found on rivers and inland waterways throughout the country. The Lindy Lou also takes an environmental cue from the past as it is powered by an electric motor as were launches that cruised the lagoons during the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

For more information visit:

Museum Admission
Dockside boarding of Friends Good Will is included with museum admission if the vessel is in port during summer season.  $6.00 Adult, $4.50 Child, $5.00 Seniors.

Friends Good Will Ticket Prices
Sail aboard Friends Good Will during our summer season. Choose a Day Sail or a Sunset Cruise (must be 4 years old or above).

Day Sails – 1 1/2 hour cruise
May 29 – Oct 10 – 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm $30/person
Sunset Cruise -2 hour cruise
May 28 – Oct 10
Pirate Chaser Sail – 1 1/2 hour cruise
June 17 – Sept 4 $35/person



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