The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, museum provisionally chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. Our mission is "To promote, protect, enhance and collect the maritime historical resources associated with the Oswego River and its drainage basin, the Oswego Canal and Lake Ontario" and our vision is that "the H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego will creatively engage and inspire through educational, cultural and innovative experiences focused on Lake Ontario and its connecting waterways."
The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego was founded in 1982 under the auspices of the Port of Oswego Authority and led by Mrs. Rosemary Nesbitt - former SUNY Oswego theater professor and City of Oswego historian. Located on Oswego's West First Street Pier running adjacent to the Oswego River where it empties into Lake Ontario by way of Oswego Harbor. Prior to becoming the Maritime Museum, our main facility was the administrative offices, powerhouse, and workshop for the grain elevator that rested on the northern end of the structure. Today, the Museum continues to advance and grow meeting many of the challenges not uncommonly associated with life on the pier.
Summer Art Show 2019
The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego's 2019 Summer Art Show titled “Where the River & Lake Meet” is a phot...READ MORE
Lighthouses & Life-Saving
Explore the lighthouses, keepers, and technologies of the past.READ MORE
Programs & Events
Oswego Paddlefest - 2019
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