Museums & History

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Historical Association of South Haven
A wealth of interesting information, exhibits, photographs are on display in a historic schoolhouse. Many interesting programs and events throughout the year.

Maritime Museum
Commemorates the rich heritage of the Great Lakes State. Visitors are guided through exhibits where history comes to life with captivating stories of maritime activities on the Great Lakes. The Friends Goodwill is a replica of an 1810 square topsail sloop. In season it takes guests out 2 or 3 times a day. The sunset cruise is a must. Please look at their website for a list of all the interesting things they have to offer.

Liberty-Hyde Bailey Museum
One of the oldest standing homes in South Haven, circa 1858. Home of Liberty Hyde Bailey, a horticulturalist, ecologist, poet and author of 65 books.

Books worth reading:
Photographic Memorie by Rich Appleyard 269-637-8087 A fascinating 360-page hard cover book that relates South Haven’s history in pictures and words.

A Place to Remember by Bea Kraus
From the beginning, the South Haven story.

A Time to Remember by Bea Kraus
A history of the Jewish resort era in South Haven

Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery 269-668-2876
Learn all about fish, their life cycle and habitats, as well as the history of fishing and fishery management. They produce a wide range of fish species for both inland and Great Lakes waters. See how a working hatchery operates and walk among the ponds and lakes where fish are raised.

The Keewatin Maritime Museum (seasonal)
S.S Keewatin, an elegant 1907 Edwardian steamship. The last of the classic Great Lakes Passenger Steamships that brought tourists to the area.