Maritime Month!

This month is Maritime Month! Come to the museum and take part in all of our fun, special activities!

Here is a schedule for the events taking place:

Thursday, August 7th: National Lighthouse day

Saturday, August 9th: Shipwreck Day

Wednesday, August 13th: Maritime Museum Open House – Free to everyone in Marquette County!

Saturday, August 16th: Lighthouse Day

Saturday, August 16th: Ghost Stories at Marquette Harbor Lighthouse – Call ahead and reserve your spot

Thursday, August 21st: Evening Lighthouse Tour – Call ahead and reserve your spot

Saturday, August 23rd: Kids Day

Thursday, August 28th: Evening Lighthouse Tour – call ahead and reserve your spot

Saturday, August 30th: WWII Submarine Day

For more information visit our website at or call us at (906) 226-2006.

We hope to see you this month at one of these fun events!!

United States Coast Guard Open House!

Help us wish the United States Coast Guard a happy 224th birthday by visiting the Coast Guard station in Marquette for a free open house! Plus, when you visit the open house, you’ll receive a $1 off coupon for our museum! Hurry, it’s today only!

This Day in History

For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to do “this day in history”.  I was coming up empty as I was searching for Maritime or Great Lakes history for today’s date, July 27th, until I found an interesting bit of information on the National Weather Services website. 

According to NOAA:

“On July 27, 1884, the steamer, steel, passenger/package freighter Alberta, collided with the steambarge John M. Osborne in a fog 3.5 miles from Whitefish Point on Lake Superior and sank in shallow water near Whitefish Point. A single casualty was lost in attempt to rescue crewmen from the sinking Osborne. She was recovered soon after. This was Alberta�s 1st year. The John M. Osborne, a wood, bulk freight, “steambarge”, while carrying iron ore, was bound Marquette for Ashtabula with two barges in tow, when she collided with the steel passenger steamer Alberta, which stayed in the gash until most of Osborne’s crew had scrambled aboard. The Osborne then sank in 20 fathoms of water 6 miles north northwest of Whitefish Point. The accident happened in fog. This was the Alberta’s third serious collision of the year. *3 or 4 lives lost on Osborne, one from Alberta in a brave rescue attempt.”


You can’t get much more maritime than that!

Stop in the Marquette Maritime Museum today and learn more about Great Lakes maritime history!



Bishop Frederic Baraga

In 1830 Bishop Frederic Baraga left his native land of Slovenia with the intention of ministering to the natives of Upper Great Lakes Region. He spent most of his time in L’Anse and is known as the first Bishop of the Upper Peninsula. His tomb is located in St. Peters Cathedral on Baraga Ave. in Marquette.

There are talks of Bishop Baraga being canonized in the Catholic Church.

If you want to learn more about Bishop Baraga and his life, stop in to the Maritime Museum and buy a copy of his diary!


Bad Weather? No problem.

This week has felt like fall in Marquette.  With the temperatures barely reaching the 60s and the fog setting in, people are looking for things to do.  So, what have people been doing?  They have been visiting us at the Maritime Museum! We have had a busy week here with visitors from all over.  With most people coming from Wisconsin or Illinois, we have also had a visitor from as far away as upstate New York!

The wind off the lake might be cold, but that doesn’t stop people from wanting to learn some important Marquette history.

Stop by today and see what all the talk is about! 
The rain may stop the Lighthouse tours, but it doesn’t stop the education!