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!
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.
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
Closed for the Winter
The Oswego County Historical Society will be closed during the winter months until April while we do an annual deep cleaning of the Richardson-Bates House Museum and prepare a new exhibit for the Temporary Gallery.