2021 Annual Waterfront Open House

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 on Oswego’s waterfront and kickoff National Safe Boating Week.


This free event will allow families to visit the Museum, experience a boats up close, get the feel for being on the water, learn about boater safety, and find out about other fun events to be held this summer along Oswego's waterfront.


After a long winter the Museum’s vessels will be open for visitation including the National Historic Landmark WWII Tugboat, “LT-5” and the National Register of Historic Places canal barge, “Derrick Boat 8”, and the tall ship Ontario will be available for deck tours.


The U.S. Coast Guard Oswego station will be there to educate the public with their 45 foot rescue boat. The Oswego Fire Department's Fire/Rescue vessel "Marine One" will be on hand as well for viewing. Paddle Safety information will also be on location during the event.


The Lighting the Way: Oswego's Lighthouse in Pictures exhibit , sourced from regional photographers, features both in-house and virtual components.  Photography will be exhibited at the Maritime Museum located on Oswego's West 1st Street Pier between May 15th and September 6th during regular museum hours.  Visit to view the exhibit online! 


"Oswego has the good fortune to be surrounded by water, whether it is a Great Lakes, a spectacular harbor or a fish-filled river, which is also part of the greater New York State Canal system. This is a great opportunity to learn and experience all the waterfront has to offer. We call it a putting your toe in the water and see what you might like to do to have fun but didn't know where to start opportunity." noted Mercedes Niess, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum.  There will be displays for each partner organization as well as demonstration opportunities and information on upcoming water related events. 


The Museum and Treasure Chest Gift Shop are open every day from 1-5 pm with expanded hours July and August from 10-5 pm. For more information contact: 315.342.0480.

Promotional Lighthouse Tours & Dinner Discount

The City of Oswego and the Maritime Museum partner to offer discount tours of the Lighthouse and $5 off local cuisine!

Thursday August 26th, Discounted lighthouse tour and $5 off at LaParilla, Southern Fare, and GS Steamers! ...


Lighthouse Boat Tours 2021

Tickets now available online!

After a historic year in 2020, the Maritime Museum is excited to kick of the 2021 tour season. Purchase your tickets here....


Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Feature

The pending National Marine Sanctuary on Lake Ontario was featured on Great Lakes Now!

Check out the feature on sanctuary initiatives on the Great Lakes here....