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H. Lee White Marine Museum

1 West 1st Street

About us:

The H. Lee White Marine Museum was founded in 1982, by Mrs. Rosemary Nesbitt under the auspices of the Port of Oswego Authority. Located in Oswego's Historic Maritime District, the main building, an original canal terminus, served as the offices and repair shop for the nearby grain elevator.

Today the Museum is growing and changing. Open all year long with new exhibits installed each year, it offers a variety of activities, programs and events for visitors and area residents of all ages.

In addition to maintaining a National Historic LandmarkWWII tug, LT-5, the Maritime Center also maintains a 1925 Canal Barge, New York State Derrick Boat 8, the first schooner built in Oswego in a century, the OMF Ontario, and the last remaining U.S. commercial fishing boat to work Lake Ontario, the Eleanor D.

Permanent exhibits and artwork, housed in the main building and along the pier, highlight the diverse range of maritime history surrounding the life of the Oswego Harbor. 

Family, adult and youth programming, tours, outreach and an exceptional gift shop, the Treasure Chest, round out the many ways this institution strives to serve the community.


Jenn Mays

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Learn everything you want to know and more about maritime history on Lake Ontario, the Oswego River and Canal. Tours of the museum and boat trip to the West Pierhead Lighthouse are world class destination trips! Access kayak, bike and snowshoe rentals on property with Oswego Expeditions.

Ron Dolbear

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Local history well covered

Becifer Studios

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Awesome bits of history for anyone who loves the waves. Relics, antiquities, art - even vintage vessels for touring.

sheila weldin

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Amazing local history. great volunteers! exhibit building size is deceptive. much larger (& fuller) than it appears, in comparison to 300 ft tankers that dock next to it on pier! Also several historic vessels- you can tour a couple, INCLUDED in an admission fee that's less than a fast food meal! Also a wonderful gift shop you can browse for free and find reasonably priced, diverse gifts, memorabilia and decor for self


Saturday, July 22, 2017
its okay i guess. a lot of people though

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