Maritime Museum groundbreaking photo

Governmental officials join the Michigan Maritime Museum board of directors and representatives from Midwest Construction Group of Zeeland in a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday for the museum's new $3.6 million Heritage Center on the museum's campus overlooking the city's harbor.

SOUTH HAVEN — After four years of planning and fundraising, the Michigan Maritime Museum broke ground Friday on its new $3.6 million Heritage Center.

The new museum will replace the small, cramped one-story structure that has housed the museum’s exhibits and programs for the past several decades.

Maritime museum Heritage Center rendering

This architectural rendering by Edgewater Resources of St. Joseph shows what the Michigan Maritime Museum's new $3.6 million, 17,000-square-foot Heritage Center will look like when completed in June of 2022.

Maritime Museum groundbreakfing Fred Upton

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, right, speaks of the importance of the Michigan Maritime Museum in preserving South Haven’s maritime history. Shown to the left is Brian Bosgraaf, chairman of the museum’s capital campaign committee and chair of the museum’s building committee.