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Seward House Museum

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Address: 33 South St, Auburn, NY 13021-3929
Phone Number:
+1 315-252-1283
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

We invite you to visit the Seward House Museum, the historic home of...

We invite you to visit the Seward House Museum, the historic home of William Henry Seward; New York State Senator, two time New York State Governor, US Senator, and Secretary of State during the Lincoln and Johnson administrations. Our knowledgeable staff is on-hand to provide guided tours, helping you navigate the many fascinating aspects of this beautifully preserved home. Enjoy masterpieces of American art and special exhibitions in both the historic house and the museum’s gardens.

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Great Insights in to an Interesting historical figure

The tour of the well-furnished home was lead by a very well-informed guide and provided a wealth of information into an often overlooked figure in out history. We really enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2016
Oswego, New York
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Oswego, New York
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

The tour of the well-furnished home was lead by a very well-informed guide and provided a wealth of information into an often overlooked figure in out history. We really enjoyed the detail and care with which the house has been preserved and the tour was nicely organized and presented. This tour pairs well with tours of the Harriet Tubman house,... More 

4 Thank cfpatty
Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you are anywhere near Auburn NY you must go to the Seward House Museum! The staff are very knowledgeable and have a passion for this piece of history. I am telling everyone to visit

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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for a fully furnished historical home this one was great to tour in finger lakes. Was worried as there weren't alot of pictures on trip advisor. Alot of the pieces were original to the house. After taking the tour we learned alot about this secretary of state. I recommend if you are in the area to... More 

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Grand Cayman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

We stopped in this place but did not have the time to explore. They have a decent shop where you can buy Finger Lakes stuff. If for anything, I got to see a "vehicle" of Seward for free. The exterior of the house is so unique, got to have photos there too. Parking is ok, and it's in downtown Auburn.

3 Thank PitonsFan
Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We visited the Seward House Museum on the first Friday of the month. In Auburn some local sites, restaurants, and stores extend their business hours on the first Friday of each month in the summer. We were warmly welcomed with free admission from 5-8pm - along with punch, wine or beer, and live music! The locals were so nice! The... More 

2 Thank Shelley M
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

we learned alot about William Seward and his time in public service; that part was exceptionally interesting to us; the house tour is uninspiring; a nice home of the era nicely kept; nice docents; just we are tired of seeing furniture and such; give us mor of the pure history ...

1 Thank Scouternurse S
Grand Rapids, MI
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

We took a tour here on a very hot summer day. It is not air conditioned, so keep that in mind when you go. They had the upper level closed due to the heat, but our guide did let us up to look quickly in a couple of the rooms. Since the house has always remained in the Seward family,... More 

2 Thank Beentheredonethat777
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

Had seen that this was rated the #1 attraction in Auburn and thought it might be "nice" to do ... price was reasonable ... $9 or $10 for an hour tour of the house which went into quite a bit of detail and there was lots of see. Just be aware that only fans in the house in the summer... More 

2 Thank owlloverNyc
Chemung, New York
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

Loved the tour of the Seward House! What a great gem of a museum right in NYS! Will not be disappointed if you stop in.

1 Thank blackhatter1
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

If you like Civil War history, this is a place you need to visit. Seward was as critical to the preservation of the Union as Lincoln and Grant (Sherman too, but that's for another review). The home life he left behind to do his work as a statesman reflected the values he took with him. Just staring at the books... More 

1 Thank Kelly D

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