Lake Michigan's Call to Duty in WWII
In addition to our temporary exhibits, our submarine and our Coast Guard cutter, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum offers an extensive permanent collection highlighting the role of submarines in World War II, submarine technology and submarine construction.
Our permanent collection includes artifacts like torpedoes, depth charges, uniforms and personal effects formerly belonging to soldiers, sailors, pilots and submariners. Visitors will also find nautical instruments used in submarines, including a functioning periscope, as well as a fully accurate paratrooper hanging from the ceiling.
The USS Flier
The European Theater
The USS Silversides
The USS Silversides (SS-236) is a Gato-class WWII submarine. She received twelve battle stars for World War II service and was awarded one Presidential Unit Citation for cumulative action over four patrols. She is credited with sinking 23 ships, amounting to 90,080 tons. Based on this record, Silversides has the most prolific combat record of any still-extant American submarine.
Visitors are invited to tour the USS Silversides both inside and out. Our staff has carefully restored every aspect of the ship, from the guns to the mess hall. Groups are even able to reserve the submarine for an overnight encampment, where they can sleep in the same bunks that housed the ship’s submariners during her many combat missions.
USCGC McLane Cutter
The USCGC McLane (WSC-146) is a prohibition-era Coast Guard cutter. Originally designed as a patrol ship, the Mclane was transferred to the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1946. She patrolled the Bering Strait during World War II, where she participated in sinking a Japanese Submarine and rescued the crew of a downed aircraft. The McLane continued to serve for decades after WWII, and was finally decommissioned in 1968.
Today the USCGC McLane is docked behind the USS Silversides, and visitors are invited to explore the ship along with a combination ticket to the Silversides Museum.
Upcoming Events at SilverSides
Museum Ships Weekend 2023
(Includes admission to submarine, cutter and museum)
Senior (65+) or veteran: $15.00
Children (5-17): $13.00
Children under 5: Free
Active-duty military: Free
All Ages: $8.50