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Playing Pokemon Go? Head to Oswego Museum

Jul 11, 2016 10:39AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Oswego’s 166 year-old Little White School Museum and its grounds, Heritage Park, have now entered the computerized virtual world of the newest of the wildly popular Pokémon games.

Pokémon GO, the new augmented-reality game developed by Niantic for iOS (Apple) and Android devices was released this month. It allows players--called Pokémon Trainers—to capture, train, and trade virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world on their portable devices.

After logging into the app for the first time, players create an avatar, which is then displayed at the players’ current locations along with a map of the players’ immediate surroundings. Features on the map may include a number of Pokéstops and Pokémon gyms, which are typically located at popular meeting places, such as memorials, places of worship, parks, and tourist attractions. Among local Pokéstops is the Little White School Museum, which includes three Pokémon GO hotspots.

Players have to walk around in the real world in order to move their avatar in the game. Different wild Pokémon live in different areas of the world; for example, water-type Pokémon are found near water.

The object of the game is to capture wild Pokémon by using a portable digital device to throw a virtual pokéball skillfully enough to hit a target wild character. Each successful capture earns points for the Trainer, who can then train the wild Pokémon to earn more points.

The three Little White School Museum hotspot locations are Heritage Park (the museum grounds), inside the museum itself, and the Heritage Perennial Garden, which borders Heritage Park to the east.

Each location grants special bonus items to Pokémon Trainers, while the outdoor landmarks offer places to catch Bug, Grass, and Air type wild Pokémon. Players are encouraged to tour the museum to find out what kind of wild Pokémon may lurking in it.

Parents should note the game is free to download and play, although it does encourage a variety of in-app purchases.

“We hope to see Pokemon Trainers out and about our grounds taking advantage of all the great opportunities to add to their collection and local history knowledge,” said museum assistant Jenny Martis.

The museum is located at 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk) in Oswego. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 630-554-2999 or send an email to


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