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“A forgotten gem”
Review of Safe Haven Museum

Safe Haven Museum
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Oswego
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Syracuse, New York
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A forgotten gem”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

Wow!! My son and I were looking to "do something" on a rainy Central New York day. We went to Fort Ontario but it was closed for the day so we went over to this museum. Glad we did. It is an almost forgotten part of Oswego history that the city was host to refugees during World War II. Very educational and interesting.

Visited November 2012
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Farum
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Touching and emotional story”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

We were 4 Danes taken by surprise, when we visited the small museum of "Safe Haven" for the only Refugee Center in US during World War II. Everyone have to see the movie with witnesses sharing their destinies; the story about 982 refugees coming to US in 1944. The documentary was excellent composed, very touching and worst of all – still relevant. If you are close to Oswego: Go there. (Visitors should at least be 12 years old).

Visited July 2013
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Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Must See in the Oswego Area”
Reviewed 13 July 2013

Upon my arrival, one of the volunteers explained in detail how almost 1000 mostly European Jewish individuals were transported to Oswego during WWII, providing safe haven for them. This small museum packs a lot of punch in a relatively small area and I was really impressed. I asked the volunteer if many school groups came to visit, she said yes, also many senior groups. The museum has limited hours so I would check before visiting; well worth the $5.00 admittance charge. Plenty of free parking.

Visited July 2013
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Toms River, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“Little Known Powerful Historic Venue”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Although small, this museum is definitely worth visiting. Telling the largely unknown story of 982 WWII refugees who were saved from Nazi persecution by being given a temporary haven in a small town in upstate New York, this museum conveys a part of history of which we had been totally unaware.. The movie and exhibits are excellent and are both compelling and moving. The warmth and welcome that were offered to these "strangers' by the townfolk of Oswego is heartwarming and an example to all of us. One cannot leave this museum without feeling shame that America did not do more to help those under Nazi terror but proud that one small community opened their hearts and minds to help others in need. Do put it on your bucket list!

Visited June 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
656 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
“Wonderful Little Place!!”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

If Jewish history or the holocaust interest you, this is a MOST GO TO place! It is very well organized, and tells the story of how the USA saved close to 1000 lives during WW2 by bringing them here to Oswego. Its really fascinating!!

Visited June 2013
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