Overnight Encampment


Spend a night aboard one of the USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum’s historic vessels and make history come alive. Walk the decks, explore the sub and the cutter, then sleep in the berths where brave men once served our country. Truly an unforgettable experience for any group, the overnight encampment program is well suited for scouting and youth groups as well as family or adults-only team building events.


We have a 20 person minimum however smaller groups can be added to larger ones. Please let us know what your projected attendance numbers are when calling.

Friday – Sunday: $37.50
Monday – Thursday: $32.50
Pricing is per person per night and does not include meals.

**Please note a $200.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due within 10 days of booking your reservation. VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER and AMEX cards are accepted. Availability for overnight encampments can change on a daily basis. We cannot hold dates without an actual reservation.

Send a check or money order to:
USS SILVERSIDES Submarine Museum
1346 Bluff St
Muskegon, Michigan 49441


  • Overnight encampments are open to anyone over the age of 5.
  • USS Silversides can accommodate up to 72 overnight participants.
  • The USCGC McLane can hold an additional 38.
  • Fold-out cots on both vessels can even accommodate extra participants.

The total number of participants in your group must be finalized 60 days prior to the date of your actual stay. You can add extra participants after this date if availability remains. You must call in advance of your stay to add extra participants in order to ensure that enough space remains aboard the vessels.

The final deposit for your overnight encampment is due 60 days (or 30 if booked within 60) prior to the date of your actual stay. The final deposit is comprised of the total number of participants multiplied by the overnight rate less your $200 deposit. There are no refunds or exchanges for “no shows.”


To reserve an overnight encampment aboard the USS SILVERSIDES, please email Tom at tjohnson@silversidesmuseum.org or call (231) 755-1230, ext 226

 Another part of your over night experience could include our ROV class.

 ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Class

Participants will learn the physics of buoyancy and balance through several hands-on activities in our Underwater Submersible ROV class.  The class will also teach about remotely operated vehicles. Students, in groups construct ROVs and test them in our water tanks.  A minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 30 participants may enroll in a class.  By the end, the students will have a much greater appreciation of how submarines swim and how a submarine crew is truly a team working together!

The basic class is $10.00 per participant. Usually it is just the students, and sometimes siblings, who participate in the class. Adults are certainly welcome to be in the room watching, encouraging, taking pictures, etc. but they are not usually paid participants in the class. 

Groups must pre-register and pre-pay prior to the date of stay. The age range is from Kindergarten to Adult.  Classes take place at 4pm on the date of your arrival.  If your group schedules a class, participants need to arrive by 4pm.  Latecomers will miss part of the class.