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Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

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217 S. Lakeshore Drive
Ludington, MI 49431
United States
Regions: Northern Michigan
(231) 843-4808
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The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum brings history to life with digital storytelling, authentic images and artifacts, and engaging interactive exhibits that entertain, enlighten, and inspire!
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Rebecca Berringer
Executive Director

Located in the former U.S. Coast Guard Station, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this family-friendly, three-story museum overlooks Lake Michigan’s wild shoreline, Ludington’s iconic North Pier Light, and the historic carferry Badger, extending the maritime experience beyond its doors in this vacation wonderland.

The museum is operated by the Mason County Historical Society, which also operates the nearby Historic White Pine Village.


The Port of Ludington Maritime Museums offers guided tours of the museum and a walking tour of  Maritime Heritage Trail. Visitors can also pilot the PM 22 Carferry across Lake Michigan, bring into port, or set out on a night crossing in our pilot house simulator. Captain Wallace Van Dyke is on board to assist visitors as they pilot the PM 22.

Hours (April - November)

10:00 am - 5:00 pm -

Extended hours can be arraigned at time of booking.

Group Tour Reservations:

Discounted Rates

Bus Driver & Tour Guide - free

Discounted rates for combined tours at Port of Ludington Maritime Museum & Historic White Pine Village

For more information contact Rebecca Berringer 231-843-4808 x103

Area Attractions:

  • Stearns Beach Ludington_______________________________nearby

  • Waterfront Sculpture Park_______________________________nearby

  • SS Badger_________________________________________nearby

  • Ludington State Park/Big Sable Point Lighthouse______________5 minutes

  • Historic White Pine Village_____________________________8 minutes

  • Silver Lake Sand Dunes_______________________________20 minutes

  • Country Dairy______________________________________30 minutes

  • Holland - Home of the Tulip Festival_______________________90 minutes

  • Traverse City - Home of the Cherry Festival__________________90 minutes

  • Mackinaw - Home of the Lilac Festival_____________________2 1/2 hours

Mason County Cultural Trail System

  • Agricultural Trail

  • Barn Quilt Trail

  • Lumber Heritage Trail

  • Music Heritage Trail

  • Sculpture Trail

  • Maritime Heritage Trail

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