Dive into History at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum!

History buffs, military enthusiasts, and families alike – set sail for adventure at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum in Muskegon, Michigan! This incredible museum isn't just home to a World War II submarine, it's a portal to the past filled with fascinating exhibits, thrilling stories, and even a chance to spend the night on a real sub!

Group of people entering and exiting the USS Silversides Museum Entrance

Walk Where Heroes Walked

The USS Silversides, a Gato-class submarine launched in 1941, is the star of the show. Explore its cramped quarters and imagine the courage it took for sailors to patrol the depths during wartime. 

More Than Just a Sub

The museum experience doesn't stop there. Explore the two-story museum building packed with exhibits that tell the broader story of World War II and the critical role submarines played. You'll even learn about some of its most dramatic missions, like aiding Marines in Guadalcanal under relentless enemy fire. Climb aboard the retired US Coast Guard Cutter McLane, a vessel that patrolled the seas during Prohibition, World War II, and countless search and rescue missions. 

Side of USS Silversides Submarine shows flags of ships she sank or damaged during WW2

Did You Know?

  • The USS Silversides holds the record for the most prolific combat record of any surviving American submarine according to JANAC (Joint Army-Navy Assessment Committee).
  • It sank an impressive 23 ships during WWII, ranking it third among Allied submarines!
  • You can even catch a live view of the Silversides and Muskegon Channel straight from the Visit Muskegon website!

young woman with long curly blonde hair and 2 blonde young men are stuffing man into torpedo tube on USS Silversides submarine Museum

A Perfect Family Outing

The USS Silversides Submarine Museum offers a unique and educational experience for the whole family. Kids will love exploring the submarine and learning about history in a hands-on way. Plus, the museum is conveniently located on the scenic Muskegon Channel, where you can spot everything from two historic lights, great lakes freighters, the Lake Express High Speed Ferry, and even cruise ships.

Three people standing on Bow of USS Silversides. She is docked in the Muskegon Channel and a motor boat and sail boat can be seen sailing past.

Plan Your Visit

The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is open year-round, with tours available daily from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Combination tickets include access to the submarine, cutter, and indoor museum. Allow around 2 hours to fully take in all the exhibits and tour both vessels.

Blue Star Memorial Marker Located at USS Silversides Museum

Become a Member and Go Deeper

For an even more enriching experience, consider becoming a USS Silversides Museum member. Membership perks include free tours, discounts in the gift shop, and exclusive lectures and events.

Muskegon's Naval Treasures

The USS Silversides isn't the only historic ship calling Muskegon home. The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum is a rare surviving example of a Landing Ship Tank used during World War II. And don't miss the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper. Step back in time aboard this ship that once carried passengers and vehicles across Lake Michigan. Together, these vessels paint a vivid picture of America's naval history and make Muskegon a must-visit destination for maritime and history lovers.

So, what are you waiting for? Chart your course for adventure at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum!

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