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Welcome to the Richardson-Bates House Museum

Today the Richardson-Bates House remains one of the most intact house museums in New York State, which also features an extensive archival collection and exhibit space documenting the history of Oswego County.

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Founded in 1896, the 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 headquarters for a public museum.

Since that time the society has owned and operated the magnificent Richardson-Bates House Museum.

Visit to learn more about of the life and times of a fascinating Oswego family and the history of the place where they lived.