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.
2021 Annual Waterfront Open House
2021 Annual Waterfront Open House features Oswego-themed Lighthouse Photography exhibit as well as USCG and Oswego Fire Department!
The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is proud to present Oswego's Annual Waterfront Open House to be held along the west pier in the Historic Maritime District on Saturday, May 15th from 1-4 pm. Come by and help us promote fun activities near t...READ MORE
Lighthouse Boat Tours 2021
Check back soon for upcoming 2021 tour dates.
After a historic year in 2020, the Maritime Museum is excited to kick of the 2021 tour season. Check back for dates and booking information! ...READ MORE
Call for Artists: Oswego's Lighthouse in Pictures
Submissions due April 30, 2021
State-wide Oswego Lighthouse themed juried photography exhibits seeks submissions for in-house and virtual exhibits. ...READ MORE