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Address: 2 E 7th St, Oswego, NY 13126-1197
Phone Number: +1 315-342-3003
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Fascinating piece of Oswego History

I had heard stories from my parents regarding the refugees being housed at Fort Ontario, but until my visit, I didn't know the exact extent of it all. Wow, just doesn't cover... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Margaret P
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Oswego, New York
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Oswego, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I had heard stories from my parents regarding the refugees being housed at Fort Ontario, but until my visit, I didn't know the exact extent of it all. Wow, just doesn't cover it.........very emotional and informative. If you visit Oswego, it's a must see! If you live in Oswego and haven't been there, what are you waiting for? You won't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

You will not be sorry but you will be a better human for the experience of having visited. God works through people and we are responsible to and for each other in times of "Peace and War". The few saved, too few. The millions exterminated. Never forget. Because history repeats itself.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

During WWII, almost 1,000 Jewish refugees from Nazi-Germany were brought to Oswego, NY, and this museum recounts that experience. It is a small building, but the amount of information and learing available is overwhelming. If you get a chance to hear the docent tell the story of how this event came into being, stay and listen. Very much worth your... More 

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Hamlin, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

So many people do not know that this museum exists. This should be a "must do" on your list. Such a wonderful story of refugees housed at Fort Ontario. You need to experience this without anyone telling you the story.

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White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We made a point on our trip from NYC up to the Thousands Islands and Toronto to make stop in Oswego just for this museum. My wife and I both knew the story and had seen a play/musical years ago that was based on the Ruth Gruber book. For this visit, our children (13, 13, 10) were on this trip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We had never heard this story of holocaust refugees and gives us a whole new pride of how the USA welcomes immigrants. The phrase 'Holocaust to Haven to New Home' says it all. Alex, the young man who narrated the story for us, was very knowledgeable. He answered our questions and showed us around the museum. Oswego should be very... More 

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DeWitt, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

This is a small museum that consists primarily of three components: a lobby site layout model showing what the area was like at the time that the refugees were here, a very good 38 minute film that gives personal perspectives from those who were there and tells the story, and numerous wall panels with photos and text to read. If... More 

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Baldwinsville, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

After reading Safe Haven by Ruth Gruber and Good Night Maman by Norma Mazer Fox, our book group visited this museum in Oswego. It was so much more than expected. Although small, and mostly based on pictures and a film, the museum tells the story of what happened very well. They have a model of what the place looked like... More 

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Oswego, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This place tells the story of refugees from Nazi Europe. Oswego offered shelter, peace, and safe haven to people in great need. It made me proud of my fellow Oswegonians.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

I found this place totally by accident. Well, I should say, Oswego. I wondered about what there was of interest in the area and this popped up. I never realized that there was a refugee center from WWII ~ the ONLY one in the country. The second I stepped in front of the building, I felt tears and taking the... More 

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