The H. Lee White Marine Museum details three centuries of the rich nautical history of Oswego.

In a city that served as a battlefront during the War of 1812, and where a historic lighthouse watches over Lake Ontario, the H. Lee White Marine Museum continues to honor Oswego's rich history with new exhibits each year.


Sitting on a pier on the mouth of the Oswego River, the museum opened its doors in June 1982 and has expanded from three rooms to 12. "We have continued growth all the time," said Rosemary Nesbitt, Oswego City Historian and museum founder. "We hope to eventually have more space."


The museum also has two annexes showcasing vital water vessels used during different periods of American history. The annexes include the National Historic Landmark LT-5 Tug (a vessel used during World War II's D-day Invasion), and the 1925 New York State Derrick Boat No. 8.


All in all, the museum features more than 300 years of local history.


"This is local history, which is really the most important," Nesbitt said. "It is an important place. The Port of Oswego has been an influential part of the growth of Oswego and of New York State since the beginning."


The H. Lee White Marine Museum was developed by the Port of Oswego Authority to reflect the historic importance of the Oswego Harbor, and the exciting story of Lake Ontario. For more information about the museum, or, call 315-343-0480.

Fast Facts

H. Lee White Marine Museum



Open: Museum is open year-round from 1-5 p.m. except for July and August: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vessels are open weather permitting


Accommodations: Nearest are a two-minute drive away, with several hotels in the City of Oswego


Shopping: Specialty shops in the downtown district, chain stores on outskirts of city


To get there: The Museum is located four-tenths of a mile north of U.S. Route 104 in the City of Oswego, on the west side of the Oswego River. From the Thruway take I-81 North to Rte. 104 and turn north onto West First Street. Where the street bends to the west, continue straight on past the Essroc storage silos to the end of the pier.