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Oswego's West First Street Pier


PO Box 101

Oswego, NY 13126 





 ADULTS - $7.00

TEENS  - $3.00

12& under - FREE

Hours of Operation

 Monday - Sunday 1-5pm

 July & August, 10-5pm

 Historic Vessels open Mid-May - Sep 30

(weather pending)


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grain elevator

This view of the pier shows the main museum exhibit building (white building in center) alongside the huge grain elevators it historically serviced.

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.


These gears, in the ceiling of Pontiac Hall, in the main Museum building, represent part of the story of this historic building. Pontiac Hall was the machine shop for the building and these were integral to the belt-driven pully system that ran many of the machines.


In addition to maintaining a National Historic LandmarkWWII tug, LT-5, the Marine Museum also maintains a 1927 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.


        The purpose of the H. Lee White Marine Museum Guild, Inc. is to provide a professionally operated and accredited museum, which serves to maintain and promote Oswego’s maritime history.            Adopted 10/97           


        The H. Lee White Marine Museum will be an accredited, physically expanded and a financially secure museum within the maritime district.           Adopted 10/97

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Harris Lee White

Rosemary Nesbitt,

Museum Founder

Mercedes Niess,

Executive Director

William White,



H. Lee White Maritime Museum


West First Street Pier   PO Box 101   Oswego, New York 13126   315/342-0480  info@hleewhitemarinemuseum.com

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