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The Museum is now open all year!

Hours of Operation:

June, July, Aug

10am - 5:30pm

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Sept thru May

Sunday - Thursday
10am - 4pm

Friday & Saturday
10am - 5:30pm

USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum

The USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum opened in 1987 when the USS Silversides arrived at its new home in Muskegon, Michigan. In 2008, the museum expanded with the construction of the 16,000 square-foot Robert G. Morin Facility. This new museum includes a wide range of exhibits and displays focusing on the USS Silversides, World War II, the Pearl Harbor attack, submarines, the Cold War, marine technology, and Great Lakes shipping. The museum also features a 72-seat theater currently featuring a documentary about U.S. involvement in World War II and the role of U.S. Navy Submarine Service.

Museum admission can be purchased individually or with admission to USS Silversides and USCGC McLane.


educational and interactive exhibits

USS Silversides - Tour a Submarine!

Decommissioned from active service in 1946, Silversides was moved to Chicago where it was utilized by the U.S. Navy Reserve until 1969. Moving to Muskegon, Michigan in 1987, Silversides has been painstakingly maintained in its World War II configuration and is considered the U.S. Navy’s most successful surviving World War II submarine. In 1993, the Prohibition-era U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane joined the Silversides on display at the museum.

Both historic vessels are open for public tours and throughout the year

The feature attraction at the USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum is the World War II submarine USS Silversides.

Commissioned just a few days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Silversides completed 14 combat war patrols in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Silversides is officially credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships (the third highest total for any U.S. Navy Submarine) for an approximate tonnage of 90,080. Silversides received four Presidential Unit Citations and 12 Battle Stars for her wartime service. Portions of the 1943 film Destination Tokyo were actually inspired by the real-life events which occurred aboard the USS Silversides during the war.

Channel View Room

In addition to our exhibit space and historic vessels, the museum’s Channel View Room can be a premier meeting location for educational programs and military special events. With state of the art technology and a wonderful view of the Muskegon Lake Channel from our outdoor balcony, the Channel View Room makes a great choice for educational programs and military special events both large and small.

Call Denise at 231-755-1230 x226 for more information on rental rates and availability.

Channel View Room and Conference Center MUSKEGON MICHIGAN

New Exhibits Explore Mysterious
Lake Michigan Shipwrecks

Two new exhibits will be on display for the summer season. You will explore the Unsolved Mysteries of the schooner Thomas Hume, named after the famous Muskegon lumber baron. The vessel went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1891 and remained hidden until just recently. Archaeological investigations revealed amazing things about the vessel and its crew, and the tragic circumstances of its sinking in a violent storm. Underwater video and a sinking reenactment will make you feel as if you've been on the shipwreck Thomas Hume.

The technology of how vessels unloaded their cargos is the topic of the exhibit "Shipwrecks: A Deep Look" where visitors will explore the wrecks of the Rockaway, the H.C. Akeley, and the Hennepin, all lost within a few leagues of the museum.  From the sweat of their brow, to revolutionizing conveyor belt systems, these shipwrecks demonstrate mans' never ending efforts at automating labor.

Don't delay in seeing these exhibits that showcase Michigan's fascinating maritime history. Both exhibits are brought to you by the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association made possible by grants from the Michigan Humanities Council.


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Phone (231) 755-1230
Fax (231) 755-5883

Street Address:
USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum
1346 Bluff Street, Muskegon, MI 49441

Hours of Operation:
June, July, Aug:
Daily 10am - 5:30pm

Sept thru May:
Sunday - Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday & Saturday 10am - 5:30pm

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