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A Little Known But Amazing Piece Of American History

This place is a gem. It's located near Fort Ontario so visits to these sites can be combined. We... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2018
Mebane, North Carolina
Very Educational and Inspiring!

This is a little known story of the "guests" of President Roosevelt during WW 2. The video at the... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2018
Archdale, North Carolina
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

This place is a gem. It's located near Fort Ontario so visits to these sites can be combined. We watched 2 short movies about the story. Both were excellent. The story is told so beautifully by exhibits. Several books are available at the registration desk....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

This is a little known story of the "guests" of President Roosevelt during WW 2. The video at the end of the tour does a great job of putting "faces" to this historical event. A "must see" if you are visiting Oswego!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

A 35-minute movie is the best part of the museum. It features interviews with the refugees who were sheltered here. I had read the books “Haven” about this internment camp, which was the reason I wanted to visit it, but felt the movie gave a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

We visited this museum during a week we visited Fair Haven state park. If you want something to do for an hour or so check this place out. There are some cool displays and pictures. The movie is a little long at 35 minutes but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 18, 2018

Several years ago I had the book Safe Haven and I knew I was going to visit this museum. This is the site where numerous Jewish immigrants were brought to America during WWII to be saved from sure death by the Nazis. They were housed...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Maryanne P
Reviewed July 14, 2018

We went looking for Fort Ontario, but found this museum and were glad we did. We had had no idea that the U.S. had only taken in fewer than 1000 Holocaust victims, much less that they had put them in Oswego, of all places. The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 21, 2018

This is never covered in history books about WWII. Heartbreaking stories of people saved from Nazi camps, mostly by the indomitable Ruth Gruber and FDR's Interior Secretary Harold Ickes. The mission - "The Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum is dedicated to keeping alive the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank ny_mainer
Reviewed September 25, 2017

Stopped here after visiting the fort and so glad we did. My husband and I were shocked that we knew nothing about this part of US history. Make sure you watch the film, it gives tons of insight. The guide is extremely friendly and knowledgeable....More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Beverly J F
Reviewed September 13, 2017

We stopped here after visiting Fort Oswego nearby, but when we walked in, we were told they were closing soon and she wouldn't be showing the film, so sadly, we missed that. She did let us in to walk around the museum and we were...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank CharismaJ2
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Excellent exhibit and movie on the Jews kept at the Fort Onterio deportation camp. These 982 people were transferred here after being liberated from Nazi Europe.

Date of experience: August 2017
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