Founded in 1896, the Oswego County Historical Society has preserved and promoted the history of the greater Oswego area for more than 100 years.

In 1946, the historical society received a generous gift of a historic 19th century Italian Villa to serve as the permanent head quarters for a public museum.

Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the Richardson-Bates House offers a unique glimpse of the lifestyle of a wealthy and  prominent Oswego family, as well as a museum dedicated to interpreting the history of the people and places in Oswego County through exhibits and educational programs.

Please visit to learn more!

  • Museum

  • The Richardson-Bates House was built in two stages as a private residence for Maxwell Richardson, a local attorney, real estate broker and two-term mayor of Oswego. In 1867, Max commissioned Rochester architect Andrew Jackson Warner to design the Tuscan Villa style residence for him and his family. The opulent interior decor reflects the 19th century Victorian fascination with art, culture, education and history.

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  • Admission

    • Adults – $8.00

    • Students & Seniors – $5.00

    • Children (6 – 12) – $3.00

    • Children Under 6 – Free

    • OCHS Members – Free

    • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

  • Video

Classic Movie Night ``Mr. Smith Goes to Washington``

One of the greatest films of all time, Frank Capra's ``Mr Smith Goes to Washington`` with Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains and Edward Arnold, will be shown at the Oswego Cinema 7 Theater on Thursday October 17 at 7PM as the fall fundraiser for the museum.
Tickets are $20 and are available at the Rivers End Bookstore in downtown Oswego at the corner of W. Bridge and W. 1st ST, or at the Oswego Cinema.

Contact the Richardson-Bates House Museum for tickets or more information at 315-343-1342 or by email at

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