Marquette Maritime Museum

The Marquette Maritime Museum Association began in 1980.  The Museum was opened in the old City Waterworks building in the summer of 1982. The building is a one story, stone, hipped-roof Richardsonian Romanesque style structure with a parapeted front gable and rounded arch windows. It was designed by architect Demetrius Frederick Charlton.

Last year there were approximately 12,000 visitors to the museum. We are proud of the education we provide to area schools in the form of free admission to the Museum and Lighthouse.  Last year we had nineteen different classes and had over 1,000 kids learn their local maritime history.  Our guests come from all over the United States.  Last year we had visitors from all but Rhode Island!  We also have a steady visitation from all over the world that included eleven different countries.

During the summer months, the museum is staffed with one full-time worker and a variety of part -time tour guides.  The Museum also relies on volunteers to help with day to day operations and general maintenance.

2016 Board of Directors
Fred Stonehouse – President
Kurt Fosburg – Vice President
Dave Northey- Treasurer
Carolyn Northey – Secretary
Scott Porter – Acquisitions and Restoration

Charon Porter- Museum Gift Shop
Frank Donckers
Lee Rowe
K. Charles Wright

Greg Shirtz

Lisa Shirtz

2016 Advisory Board
Donald Elzinga
Peter Frazier
Gary White


Support provided by:

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Hirvonen Foundation
Frazier Foundation
Marquette Community Foundation
Rotary of Marquette
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Shiras Institute
Reynolds Foundation
Cliffs/Eagle Mine Foundation




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