Walk through this portal and discover portholes from the past.
Visit The Evolution Of Lighthouse Optics.
Peer into the captain’s cabin in the “Texas” on the Pere Marquette 21.
The photographs of Erhardt Peters.
View the unique Sulewski Gallery.
Wrecks of the Sunset Coast.
Artist Jacob Lunde “got a notion to make a little picture” to use when sharing stories.
View over 150 lighthouse models that include those from the East, West, and Gulf Coasts and the Great Lakes.
This exhibit explores the personnel of Coast Guard Station Ludington over the 70 years they operated out of what is now the museum building.
Children can try their hands at loading one of Ward’s steamships as they take their first steps as entrepreneurs.
Try your hand at the wheel of Kitzinger’s steamship Nevada.
At the turn of the last century, Captain James W. Martin conceived of a new industry at Ludington that would revolutionize crosslake shipping.
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway took over management of the Pere Marquette Railway in 1928, eventually merging it into its burgeoning railroad in 1947.
Head back in time to the pilothouse of the Pere Marquette 22 in the 1930s in this exciting interactive experience like no other.
Rest and enjoy a variety of short spots and a 15-minute documentary about the legendary shipwreck Alvin Clark.
Models of Houghton C. Smith JR.
In the late 1950s, the United States Coast Guard sought a replacement for the 36-foot motor lifeboat that had become its workhorse.
When the Badger entered service in the spring of 1953 for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, 17 steam-powered train car ferries operated on the Great Lakes, and another eight on the Detroit River.
The Armistice Day Storm, of 1940, killed 154 people, including 64 sailors on Lake Michigan. Now more than eight decades after that fatal day, this exhibit will take you back in time to experience the startling weather systems that converged over the lake causing such disastrous effects.