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Operation Oswego County

44 West Bridge St.
Oswego, NY 13126
P: +1 315-343-1545


Oswego County has a rich heritage of culture and creativity.

From its humble beginning as the furthest frontier border during the Revolutionary War and the most important battle front in the War of 1812, to today with its historic museums, concerts, festivals, farmers markets and art galleries, Oswego County is a historical and cultural treasure that awaits you.


Productions such as Hansel and Gretel, HMS Pinafore, The Magic Flute and Susannah thrill audiences of the Oswego Opera Theatre.

Visual, performing, literary and culinary arts classes and events for all ages abound at The CNY Arts Center.


Thirty-four (34) sites related to the Underground Railroad Freedom Trail are located throughout Oswego County.

At the end of the Second World War, historic Fort Ontario in Oswego was used as an emergency refugee center for victims of the Nazi Holocaust, the only one of its kind in the U.S. The Safe Haven Museum now commemorates the plight of the inhabitants of the refugee center.

The county is home to two historic lighthouses and more than 15 history museums.


Oswego State University’s Tyler Art Gallery and Waterman Theater are open to the community to enjoy cultural performances, art exhibits and theater productions year round.

Riverside Artisans is an artists' cooperative with a retail store and gallery, featuring hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind fine art and craft gifts.

Programs for Children & Family

The Children's Museum of Oswego (CMOO) features interactive exhibits, with current and historical local significance, focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) concepts, that inspire learning through play and exploration.

Events and Festivals

Each year, Harborfest brings more than 250,000 people to Oswego for four days of family fun including awe-inspiring fireworks, a majestic tall ships battle, entertainment stages, and more than 100 admission-free performances and children's events.

Data Name Value
Accredited Museums None
Arts Institutions 5
Dance Companies 0
Historical Sites 0
Museums 5
Musical Groups and Artists 0
Other Performing Arts Companies 0
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 0