Muskegon is a lakeshore community located on Michigan’s western shore just about directly across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, WI. and about one-third of the way up Michigan’s lower left hand from the Indiana State line. The towering sand dunes along the eastern shores of Lake Michigan collectively represent the world’s largest accumulation of sand dunes bordering a body of fresh water.
Visitors to the lighthouses are welcome anytime, however the towers are currently closed for general public tours until certain safety precautions and restoration steps are completed. Special private group tours can be arranged at this time on a limited basis by contacting Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy through our tour request form. Our eventual goal is to have public tours to climb to the top of the lantern room.
The South Breakwater Lighthouse is located at the end of the southern Army Corps of Engineers breakwater at the entrance to the channel leading to Lake Muskegon from Lake Michigan in the City of Muskegon, Michigan. Approximate Latitude / Longitude: +43° 13′ 26.83″, -86° 20′ 49.60″. The South Pierhead Lighthouse is located at the end of the Army Corps of Engineers south pier in the harbor of the City of Muskegon, Michigan. Approximate Latitude / Longitude: +43° 13′ 36.00″, -86° 20′ 29.50″.
The South Breakwater Lighthouse is accessible through the NOAA Lake Michigan Field Station or can be viewed by boat and has no official street address. The South Pierhead Lighthouse is accessible via beach access or can be viewed by boat. The nearest address is the NOAA Lake Michigan Field Station located at 1431 Beach St., Muskegon, MI. 49441.
Muskegon’s aMazing Museums – M3
Educating, Engaging, Entertaining –
Were you aware that the the Muskegon Area hosts 14 museums which offer local residents and visitors the opportunity to learn about area history, ships, inspiring art, industries, lighthouses and historic buildings, and the people who helped to make this city what it is today? The following museums have formed a new association (M3) to collaborate, share ideas and work together to share the many “aMazing” things to explore and enjoy the multitude of rich cultural opportunities available right here within our community.
Muskegon’s aMazing Museums (M3) Member organizations include:
C & O Railroad Caboose Museum, 124 W. Hanson St., Whitehall (231-893-4585)
Dr. Meinhardi’s Apothocary Shop, 128 W. Hanson St., Whitehall (231-893-4585)
Holton Historical Society, 6511 Holton Whitehall Rd., Holton (231-821-2659)
James Jackson Museum of African American History,
2416 Peck St. Muskegon Heights (231-739-9500)
Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave. Muskegon (722-0278)
Hackley-Hume Historic Homes – 484 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Firebarn Museum – 510 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon
Scolnik House of the Depression Era – 504 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon
Michigan’s Heritage Park – 8637 N. Durham Rd., Whitehall
Montague Museum, 8717 Meade St., Montague (231-894-9267)
Muskegon Heritage Museum, 561 W. Western Ave. (231-722-1613)
Muskegon Lights – Muskegon South Pierhead Light, on the channel (844-mlights or 844-654-4487)
Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon (231-720-2570)
Ravenna Township Museum (231-853-2400)
SS Milwaukee Clipper, Lakeside, Muskegon (231-683-1590)
USS LST 393 Veteran’s Museum, 560 Mart St., Muskegon (231-722-4730)
USS Silversides Submarine Museum, 1346 Bluff St., Muskegon (231-755-1230)
White River Light Station, 6199 Murray Rd., Whitehall (231-894-8265)
Some of these museums are seasonal, while others are open year round, so check their web sites or call for more information. All of them offer fascinating exhibits, activities and special events, so check out Muskegon’s aMazing Museums and discover the exciting things to do right here in the Muskegon Area!