Maritime Museum Heritage Center

The $3.6 million Heritage Center museum and conference center at the Michigan Maritime Museum campus is now open.

SOUTH HAVEN — Amid little fanfare, Michigan Maritime Museum staff recently opened the campus’ new $3.6 million Heritage Center.

All of the furnishings for the 17,000-square-foot, two-story building at 260 Dyckman Ave., weren’t quite in place yet due to pandemic-related shipping and supply issues, but museum officials felt the building was ready to be unveiled, but quietly.

Maritime museum pilot room

Michigan Maritime Museum Executive Director Patti Montgomery Reinert stands inside the pilot room of the new exhibit, "Full Steam Ahead: The Golden Age of Great Lakes Passenger Steamships."