Welcome! For over a century, Ludington has beckoned visitors to its prime waterfront perch on Lake Michigan. The friendly resort town features a magical beach, a premier state park, Lake Michigan’s historic carferry (now a National Landmark), one of the top charter fishing ports in Michigan, glorious sunsets, and other remarkable natural resources that make it a highly desirable recreational spot for vacationers. Now it can boast of one of the finest maritime museums in the nation.
Maritime history is brought to life through a variety of diverse, family-friendly, interactive exhibits at Mason County Historical Society’s new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum. Located in the former US Coast Guard Station, a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum entertains, enlightens, and instructs.
Come pilot the famed carferry Pere Marquette 22 into Ludington’s harbor, meet holograms of both Captains Nels Palmer and Andy Van Dyke, and enjoy many other richly engaging, interactive exhibits. The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum is a year-round attraction that captures for its visitor the opportunity to feel the presence of all the sweet water sailors from the time of the wooden schooners through to the present. The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum opened for the public on Saturday, June 10, 2017, and is open every day of the week through the summer, 10am-5 pm.
Plans for the museum began over 10 years ago when the USCG decommissioned the historic station and turned it over to the City of Ludington. The City then immediately partnered with Mason County Historical Society and, out of this public and private partnership, the idea for this exciting museum was born.
The history of Ludington and Mason County is inextricably linked to the area’s maritime legacy—to the succession of ships and vessels that graced her shores and to the men and women whose lives were spent—and sometimes lost—on Lake Michigan. Come meet the intrepid mariners from yesteryear and sail into the past to relive history for the fun of it!
Experience piloting the car ferry Pere Marquette 22 into Ludington’s harbor.
Examine 19th century Ludington to the harbor today through an interactive exhibition of artist and historian Jacob Lunde’s immense historical panorama.
Lumbering Days on Pere Marquette Lake: The Jacob Lunde Scroll (view this spectacular, one-of-a-kind, 100’ long painting with narration by Lunde himself, along with accompanying exhibits depicting the lumbering, salt, commercial fishing, shipbuilding, and harbor history)
And So Much More!