Historic Fort Ontario

Become a Member of Friends of Fort Ontario

The Friends of Fort Ontario is a not-for-profit educational organization with tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Organization was formed in 1989 to encourage community participation in the programs, assist in the preservation and enhancement of the collection of artifacts and documents, develop and conduct educational programs, services and activities which will broaden the experience of a visitor, sponsor fundraising events which will lead to improvements and engage in other activities which are in harmony with the operation of the Fort Ontario State historic Site.

We continue to operate as an all volunteer organization. This has been accomplished and maintained by an effective collaboration facilitated through the Memorandum of Understanding that the Friends of Fort Ontario and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation operate by.

As a member:

  • You have free admission to the fort during normal hours of operation
  • You receive a 10% discount on your purchases from the Museum Shop, with a few exceptions
  • You have exclusive access to the Fort ramparts to watch the Harborfest Fireworks

Your membership supports programming and fort enhancements beyond the basics provided by the State Parks system.

Recent projects include:

  • Sponsorship of reenactments
  • Purchases of historical artifacts for displays
  • Uniforms for the volunteers
  • Wireless Internet for visitors
  • Interpretive panels in and around the fort describing the history of the site
  • Repairs and replacement of some site structures such as flag posts and the Post Cemetery sign.
  • Speakers for events
  • Americorps staff providing interactive activities with guests
  • Advertising promoting fort attendance

Please choose below on the membership pamphlet and print it out to mail with a check, or “Click Here to Join Online” to do the application process and pay the fee online. Thank You.

Friends of Fort Ontario Membership Pamphlet
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Click Here To Join Online

Members levels:

  • $15 Individual (Card holder only)
  • $25 Family (Card holder and immediate family, generally 1 or 2 adults and their children or grandchildren 18 yrs and under)
  • $10 Senior Citizen (62+) (Card holder only)
  • $15 Senior Couple (62+) (Card holder & 1 Senior guest)
  • $10 Veteran (Card holder only)
  • $15 Veteran Couple (Card holder & 1 guest)
  • $20 Veteran Family (Card holder and immediate family, generally 1 or 2 adults and their children or grandchildren 18 yrs and under)
  • $50 Bronze Level (Card holder with up to 3 guests, plus 1 complimentary pass for use by friends and guests for one time admission to the Fort during regular hours in addition to card holder’s benefits for all memberships noted above)
  • $100 Silver Level (Card holder with up to 3 guests, plus 2 complimentary passes for use by friends and guests for one time admission to the Fort during regular hours in addition to card holder’s benefits for all memberships benefits noted above)
  • $500 Gold Level (Card holder with up to 3 guests, plus 1 complimentary ticket to special priced reserved programs in addition to card holder’s benefits for all memberships noted above)
  • $1,000 Platinum Level (Card holder with 3 guests, plus 8 complimentary passes for use by friends and guests for one time admission to the Fort during regular hours, and a Museum Shop keepsake for card holder, in addition to all card holder’s benefits for all memberships noted above)

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