Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
Within the Maritime Museum
The museum will focus on Ludington's harbor history, our carferries, and the Coast Guard. There are three major "hooks" to the museum--one being a 110-foot panorama painting of Pere Marquette Lake and how it looked in the 1800s. There is also a tribute to the Pere Marquette 22 carferry...featuring the pilothouse itself. The third attraction is a scale model diorama of the Elberta railyard, built by blueprint designer Art Gerritsen and donated by his wife to honor his memory. Considering the building was once the Ludington headquarters for the Coast Guard, this is considered a "museum within a museum" and will pay tribute to the men and women who serve on our lakes.
Maritime Museum Fundraising in Progress
To help make this museum a reality, additional financial contributions are needed. Please help support this project, so that generations to come can enjoy and learn about Ludington's rich maritime history.
To donate, call Mason County Historical Society at (231) 425-3825, or phone Dr. Rick Plummer at (231) 852-0685. You can also visit www.LudingtonMaritimeMuseum.org for more information.
Maritime Museums Around the Great LakesInterested in discovering more maritime museums around Lake Michigan? See our story about the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
More History in the Ludington Area...
For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.