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The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego manages and exhibits a collection of thousands of artifacts, images, archival records, and original artworks telling over 400 years of regional maritime history.

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Whether your interest is in the pre-colonial period, or shipwrecks, or lighthouses; we have it all! See a glimpse of what we have to offer in our online gallery.

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Tugging Around Oswego Harbor - William Leighton Exhibit

Through photographs, watercolors, and scale models, Leighton’s impressions of tugboats provide a vivid portrait of Oswego Harbor in the 20th century and echo the essential nature of tugboats to harbor operations.  As a professional photographer and twenty-eight-year veteran of the Palladium Times, Leighton’s (1925-2017) love for the workhorse of the water is on full display May 18 through December 22, 2024.

Oswego Paddlefest 2024 - Details & Registration

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum presents Oswego Paddlefest, Saturday, July 13, 2024. The event is in its 10th year and encourages kayakers and canoeists to enjoy and appreciate the unique beauty of the historic Oswego Canal/River. Paddlers will experience locking through 4 actual canal locks. 

Location & Hours

1 West First Street,
Oswego NY, 13126
(315) 342-0480

Open 7 Days a Week
Sep - Jun:
1pm - 5pm
Jul - Aug: 10am - 5pm
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving,
Dec 24 - Jan 2

Vessels are open mid-May through mid-October (weather pending).

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