Museums

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Bridge House Museum
Other 55 State St. Phoenix NY 13135 Work Phone: (315) 695-1308 Website: www.bridgehousebrats.com

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The Bridge House Museum contains a collection of artifacts depicting the history of the village of Phoenix and the NYS Barge Canal. The historic building is located along the canal at the corner of State and Lock Streets in Phoenix. Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 1 through Sept. 1. Admission is free.

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Casey’s Cottage
Other Mexico Point Dr. Mexico Point State Park Mexico NY 13114 Work Phone: 315-963-7657 Website: www.howardsplace.net/manorhouse.html

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Nestled in the trees at Mexico Point State Park, off NYS Route 104B, Casey’s Cottage is maintained by the Friends of Mexico Point State Park. The cottage is open seasonally for free tours during events at the park.

During the 1930s, Dr. William C. Casey and Severin Bischof, with the help of their friends, transformed a former carriage house into an 11th century manor house. The medieval influence is apparent in the life-size wall carvings, the huge fireplace complete with chains for the hounds, and ceilings carved with old English and Gaelic quotes. Free admission.

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Central Square Historical Society
Contact: Heather Stevens
Home 3125 East Ave. Village of Central Square Office Building Central Square NY 13036 Home Phone: 315-676-2682
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Central Square Railroad Museum
Other 132 Railroad Ave. Central Square NY 13036 Work Phone: 315-668-6727 Website: www.cnynrhs.org/CentralSq.html

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The Central Square Museum was once jointly operated as a depot for the New York, Ontario & Western and New York Central railroads. There are both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Open noon-5 pm Sundays, May-October.

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Children’s Museum of Oswego
Website: www.cmoo.org

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“Coming Soon”

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Fort Brewerton/Block House Museum
Other 9 New York Route 11 Brewerton NY Work Phone: 315-668-8801 Website: www.fortbrewerton.org/oliver.htm

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The Oliver Stevens Blockhouse Museum, located on Route 11 in Brewerton, touches on 10,000 years of history from Paleo-Indian to World War I. Adjacent to the museum are the original earthworks of the 1759 British fortification. The Stevens Blockhouse is a replica of the original home built in 1794 by Oliver Stevens, the first permanent white settler in Oswego County. The museum is open the first weekend in June through the second weekend in September, and by appointment. Fridays and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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Fort Ontario State Historic Site
Other 1 E. 4th St Oswego NY Work Phone: 315-343-4711 Website: www.fortontario.com

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Fort Ontario brings military life of 1868 alive for visitors. This New York State Historic Site overlooks beautiful eastern Lake Ontario in Oswego. Located on a picturesque bluff overlooking Lake Ontario at 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego. Visitors have an opportunity to see the enlisted men’s barracks, officers’ quarters, the powder magazine, and much more. The fort is open from mid-May to late October, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m;
Sunday 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. The fort is closed on Mondays except for Monday holidays, when it is open regular hours. Call for specific opening and closing dates.

Fort Ontario Post Cemetery Map

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H. Lee White Maritime Museum
Contact: Mercedes Niess
Other 1 West First Street Pier Oswego NY Work Phone: 315-342-0480 Website: www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com

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The H. Lee White Maritime Museum, located on the West Side Pier in Oswego’s “Historic Maritime District,” features a fascinating variety of artifacts, paintings, models and intriguing stories of the area’s maritime heritage. The museum features a series of hands-on exhibits for children as well as several historic vessels. The National Historic Landmark Tug LT-5 is the last functioning Large Tug used in the Normandy landing on “D” Day. It was awarded National Landmark status because its crew shot down a German plane. NYS Derrick Boat 8, “The Lance Knapp,” was the last steam-powered vessel on the Barge Canal. The derrick boat includes a unique exhibit on the history of canalling in New York State. Both of those boats are tourable, as part of regular admission, mid-May – Sept. 30 weather permitting. The OMF Ontario, the first schooner built in Oswego in over 100 ears, is in the water for viewing during these same months and is boardable, on a limited basis, at certain events. The Eleanor D, the last US commercial fishing boat to work Lake Ontario is permanently on view behind the main building, on the pier and holds special significance to the history of the Oswego fishing industry. Finally, historic canal tug Chancellor will soon be joining the museum’s “fleet” and will be undergoing restoration. The museum and gift shop are open daily 1-5pm year round with expanded hours in July and August 10am-5pm. Admission: $7/adult, $3/youth, age 5 and under are free. Check the website or facebook page for special winter rates, an extensive program list and details on temporary exhibits.

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Half-Shire Historical Society
Other 1100 County Route 48 Richland NY 13144 Work Phone: 315-298-3620 Website: www.halfshire.com

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Housed in the former Richland Elementary School, the historical society maintains an extensive collection of documents and agricultural tools and items that reflect northern Oswego County’s heritage. Genealogy research and special exhibits on farm life from 1800-1950. Free admission.

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John D. Murray Firefighters Museum
Other 35 E. Cayuga St. Oswego NY 13126 Work Phone: 315-343-0999

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Vintage fire trucks and memorabilia. Free admission.

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John Wells Pratt House Museum
Other 177 S. First St. Fulton NY 13069 Work Phone: 315-598-4616

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The John Wells Pratt House Museum, maintained by the Friends of History in Fulton, NY, Inc., highlights the significant history of Fulton, a former mill town and prominent industrial center. Built in 1861, it features permanent and changing exhibits on Fulton’s history, industry, and people. The museum is open  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM from April to
December each year.
Also by appointment when arranged. Admission charged.

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La Guerre D’Independence
Other 3338 Main St. Mexico NY 13114 Work Phone: 315-963-8400

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This impressive wall mural depicting America’s War of Independence is on permanent display in Mexico Academy and Central School on state Route 104 in the village of Mexico. The historic woodblock mural was made in France and is one of only two in existence. The other is on display in the White House in Washington, DC. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays) for viewing. Free admission.

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Mexico Historical Society Museum
Other 65 S. Jefferson St. Mexico NY 13114 Work Phone: 315-963-8452

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The Mexico Museum features changing exhibits, albums, maps, and fascinating restored materials detailing Mexico’s past. The museum, which was originally a mid-19th century law office, is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m., from March through September and by appointment. Admission is free.

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Oswego Expeditions
Contact: Jennifer Mays
Work PO Box 3011 Oswego NY 13126 Work Phone: 315-561-0223

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Oswego Expeditions merges health, history and nature thru outdoor recreation. We provide safe, fun year-round recreational and educational opportunities.

  • Customized guided kayak tours and rentals
  • Customized guided hiking tours throughout Oswego County and Adirondacks
  • Customized Passport to History Expeditions. Guided museum and walking tours in Oswego County’s historic communities
  • Bike rentals and snowshoe rentals – $8/hour or $25/day (6 hours)
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Oswego Railroad Museum
Other 56 W. 1st Street Oswego NY 13126 Work Phone: 315-532-8691

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The Oswego Railroad Museum is dedicated to the historic preservation of railroad history in Oswego County. This is depicted in an H.O. layout along with various static displays. The museum is sponsored by the Oswego Valley Railroad Association Inc. and is maintained by the members of the club. The museum is located in the city of Oswego on West First Street near the H. Lee White Marine Museum. The museum is open from May 10 to Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission charged.

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Oswego Town Historical Society
Contact: George DeMass
Work 2320 Co. Rte. 7 Oswego NY 13126 Work Phone: 315-343-4414 Cell Phone: 315-420-0000 Website: www.townofoswego.com/historical.html

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This museum interprets the history of the town of Oswego, its contributions to maritime commerce and the cultures which have occupied this port city. There are displays on one-room schoolhouses, town history and Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War doctor born in Oswego who is the only woman to have ever received the Medal of Honor.

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Pulaski Historical Society Museum
Other 3428 Maple Ave Pulaski NY 13142 Work Phone: 315-298-4650 Website: http://www.pulaskihistoricalsociety.org

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Located in the Village of Pulaski, this museum portrays the colorful industrial and agricultural heritage that grew from the village’s settlement on the Salmon River. The museum contains a fascinating collection of tools, equipment, manufactured products and other artifacts, as well as thousands of documents and archives including personal diaries, news clippings, letters, and other items. Hours: March, April, May, October and November: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; June and September: Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; July and August: Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and by appointment. Free admission.

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Richardson-Bates House Museum
Other 135 E. Third St. Oswego NY 13126 Work Phone: 315-343-1342 Website: www.rbhousemuseum.org

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The Oswego County Historical Society’s collection of nearly 25,000 artifacts, documents, and photographs traces the significant history of the area, and is located in the Richardson-Bates House Museum. The house was built between 1867 and 1880 and is a fine example of Tuscan Villa Victorian architecture. The upstairs of the house is dedicated to the preservation of local history. The downstairs is preserved as the Richardson family knew it, with 95 percent of the original furnishings of the period. Maxwell Richardson was an attorney, real estate broker, and two-term mayor of Oswego. His house reflects his wealth and position as a civic leader. The museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is charged.

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Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum
Other 2 E. Seventh St. Oswego NY 13126 Work Phone: 315-342-3003 Website: www.safehavenmuseum.com

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Commemorates America’s only shelter for Nazi Holocaust survivors. 982 refugees from 18 war-torn countries fled the Nazi terror in Europe during the Holocaust. They sailed to the safety of America as guests of the US government, and were housed at Fort Ontario for 18 months. Children attended Oswego schools and adults attended English classes and learned trades. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Memorial Day through Labor Day; winter hours from Labor Day to Memorial Day are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is located in the Fort Ontario Park. Admission charged.

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Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum
Other 3044 NYS Rte. 13 Altmar NY 13302 Work Phone: 315-298-3347

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The Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum is home to a collection of over 250,000 historic items originally on display at the Gladding Corporation’s Museum. Homemade antique fishing rods, rare lures, reels and tackle and a significant library of books, original watercolors, and historic prints are included in the collection. Open seasonally and maintained by the Pulaski-Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.

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Salmon River Lighthouse & Marina
Contact: Abe Ellis
Work 5 Lake Rd. Extension Pulaski NY 13142 United States Work Phone: 315-509-4208 Work Phone: 757-287-0426 Website: www.salmonriverlighthousemarina.com

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Families, fishermen and lighthouse lovers from around the world enjoy spending time in our 3-bedroom Lighthouse or one of our three (3) rental cottages, all located right in the midst of one of New York State’s premier fisheries.  Located at the mouth of the Salmon River at Lake Ontario, our Marina, Lighthouse and cottages offer something for everyone, young and old alike.

Unlike a major portion of Lake Ontario with its rocky coastline, our guests are afforded the unique and quiet enjoyment of a massive span of private, soft, sandy beach on the shore of the Lake, with a very gently sloping and soft, sandy lake bottom, located directly across the river from the Marina.

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Schroeppel Historical Society Museum
Other 486 Main St. Phoenix NY 13135 Work Phone: 315-695-6880 Website: www.nycanals.com/Phoenix

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Former 1910 St. John’s Episcopal Church

Museum has Gothic architecture with stained glass. Features history of the Town of Schroeppel and Village of Phoenix including the Oswego Canal. Open Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm during June, July and August.

Curator: Barb Dix

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Starr Clark Tin Shop And Underground Railroad Museum
Home 3250 Main St. Mexico NY 13114 Work Phone: 315-963-7853

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Beginning Friday, May 31, 2013, hours of operation will be every Friday, 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.

For tours by appointment, please call 315-963-7853.

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West Monroe Historical Society
Other 2355 State Route 49 West Monroe NY Work Phone: 315-668-6726

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Housed in the former West Monroe Grange, the museum contains a collection of locally-produced stoneware, a complete 1940s kitchen, and a large variety of items and photographs centered around West Monroe and communities on the north shore of Oneida Lake. Special exhibits and materials for genealogical research. The society is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and by appointment.

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West Pierhead Lighthouse in Oswego
Other Oswego Harbor Oswego NY Work Phone: 315-342-0480 Website: hlwmm.org/lighthouse.php

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Built in 1934 and automated in 1967, the lighthouse is one of Oswego’s most recognizable landmarks. View from Lake Street, Oswego. Photo opportunity, not open to the public.

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