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Address: 33 South St., Auburn, NY 13021
Phone Number: 13152521283
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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Had to see the bloody sheets, but came away with more

The Seward House is a must-see in central NY - esp. for history buffs! We went because we wanted to see Lincoln's assassination bedsheets, but the whole house was interesting and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Seward House is a must-see in central NY - esp. for history buffs! We went because we wanted to see Lincoln's assassination bedsheets, but the whole house was interesting and beautiful. Great to learn more about Seward... a man who thought way ahead of his time. Quite a guy. Wish NY's current guv had half Edward's "stuff!"

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

One of the nicest and most elaborate historical homes we've visited. Almost all of the furnishings once belonged to the Seward family, and there are some wonderful pieces William Seward obtained by virtue of his position as Secretary of State. Guided tours begin on the hour, and our guide was knowledgeable and gave a good running commentary, although I wish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Whether you're visiting Auburn for the first time, or you're a local who means to re-visit, the Seward House and grounds is a must and won't disappoint. The house itself is well-maintained, charming, and authentic. The tours are all informative and interesting. Afterwards, be sure to check out the gift shop and then stroll the grounds.

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Stepping Back In Time.....WOW...the house has been kept in wonderful condition. Guide knew her stuff!! Very informative. Would return again!! Thank you.....

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Seward Museum is worthy of anything you would see in the Smithsonian Museum. Th house is well preserved and the original furnishings quite incredible. Mitch M., the docent blended the historical facts and family stories flawlessly. After hearing about the family's role in the Civil War and the years following made me want to research and read more about... More 

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I went on a walking tour from the Seward House to the Cayuga Museum in Auburn. It was the second time this tour was offered. It is great for those interested in Auburn's history and or architecture. The guides were very nice and willing to answer questions or allow guests on the tour to share their knowledge. It was very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We took the hour tour of this beautiful home. We have toured the homes of many American historical figures but never one so full of the family's actual furniture, artwork, books and other personal items. This visit caused us to learn more about this amazing man of Lincoln's cabinet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This museum is well maintained. The Seward's have a beautiful collection and an amazing library. Great Tour. It takes about a hour. So you can see the Tubman home and Case Research Lab

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Secretary of State to Abraham Lincoln - The home as if he just walked out the door. Very very informative and hospital docents. If you viewed the movie "Lincoln" visiting here will provide a profound experience. If anywhere in the Finger Lakes, make it a must 'stop'.

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Nicely maintained building and grounds. Worth a tour. A lot of history here, and the tour guides are interesting and informative. There is a charge - not sure what it is. Open daily.

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Additional Information about Seward House

Address: 33 South St., Auburn, NY 13021
Phone Number: 13152521283
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Auburn
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 10

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