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H. Lee White Marine Museum

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Address: West 1st Street Pier 1, Oswego, NY 13126
Phone Number: 315-342-0480
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Oswego maritime excellence

Grandkids and grandparents really liked this museum. Lots of exhibits and explanations of Oswego's maritime history. Get to walk on a historic tug boat. The staff have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jerry Z
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Camillus, New York
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of information packed into this relatively small museum. Learn about the shipping industry, shipwrecks, lighthouses and more inside the building located on a pier. Then venture out to the two boats for a guided or unguided tour of a derrick barge and a WW2 LT-5 tugboat (the only one left in existence!)

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Camillus, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Grandkids and grandparents really liked this museum. Lots of exhibits and explanations of Oswego's maritime history. Get to walk on a historic tug boat. The staff have a real love of the museum. I highly recommend this place.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We timed out visit perfectly! We were able to tour the museum and the tug boat with just our family and the wonderful volunteers! It is a fascinating museum with hands on things for kids as well as interesting facts! It was amazing touring the 1940's tug boat! It is worth the stop!

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East Hanover
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Fee to get in but it goes toward the maintenance of the museum.Some interesting exhibits especially dedicated to the waters of and around Lake Ontario. Very poignant pictures and stories of WWII refugees housed in Oswego.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

We visited the Maritime Museum last year and learned so much! We even got to look inside the LT-5 which is right outside along the water. It's a fun, short day trip and the view of Lake Ontario from the museum is great!

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

This museum is full of nautical history. It looks small from the outside but is full of interesting exhibits and displays. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. There is a small gift shop. Don't miss it! Good for the whole family.

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Oswego, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

They put on wonderful events to help educate while making it fun for our youth. The exhibits are great, the staff is wonderful and there is a great little gift shop available for souvenir shopping. Support the local history and heritage. Worth it to come for a tour.

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Oswego, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

It's a little awkward to get to, but as long as you can find it, it's worth a trip. Driving out on the pier is kind of neat in itself. Lots of nice historical perspectives on the port and shipping on the Great Lakes. Oswego's port was big business in the old days and this museum really brings it to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I have seen many Marine museums, this is small but has many artifacts that I haven't seen anywhere else. For instance, there is a native canoe carved in wood over 350 years old. The tour of the tugboat is fascinating and it is the only boat I have seen in a museum that has survived the 2nd world war.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is a great, modest maritime museum. I have been there on two occasions and enjoyed both visits. They do a nice job of presenting and maintaining the site. It is great for adults and children. It has a lift chair for those unable to make it to the second level on their own. Museums like this make America special.... More 

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