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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
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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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The building itself is worth visiting- a snapshot of the furnishings and the way people of means lived in the late 19th century. Learning more about a fascinating historical... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Springfield, Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois
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74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building itself is worth visiting- a snapshot of the furnishings and the way people of means lived in the late 19th century. Learning more about a fascinating historical character is a bonus. Seward was a traveler and a collector. He was the recipient of gifts from dignitaries all over the world. The foundation that runs this house is excellent.... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

nicely furnished home that takes you back to the mid 1800's. Beautiful setting on Millionaires row so there are more period homes to see nearby. The inside is stunning, and is set up as Mr Seward had it from days gone by. Must see if you are in the area.

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Thank holidaymansb
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This is a good place to visit to gain better perspectives into some things in American History. Two secretaries of State living in Auburn, William Seward, and John Foster Dulles.

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Reamstown PA
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

I wish I could rate it a 5/5. Coming from a history nerd who loves Civil War and learning about anyone involved in the conflict. Wish I could have spent hours at Sewards house since I love the smaller museums and attractions dealing with history. My wife and were in area for my daughters collegiate field hockey and I built... More 

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MsFanny, Manager at Seward House, responded to this review

I am very sorry for your poor experience and the inconvenience of your visit. I gather from your review that you are do not live in the area, but if you send me your address, I would be happy to send you some guest passes for a future visit. We thank you for the feedback and will correct the language... More 

Palm Springs, California
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Great experience since the home maintained lots of original furniture and artifacts. The main thing is, I had forgotten that Seward was also planned to be assassinated with Lincoln. But it failed. He also died in his office in the house. It is a very interesting tour.

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Sewards Folley, buying Alaska, and the anguish of the family when they were accosted by an intruder and almost murdered, Seward was in bed in D.C when he was almost assassinated like Lincoln. More history than a person can assimilate in an hour. But it was the narrator that clinched it, Reilly you nailed it. My eyes were so busy... More 

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Plattsburgh, New York
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122 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The guides at this house are extremely well versed in the history that lies here! Everyone in our travel group loved this tour and visit and is well worth the stop.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I loved visiting the Seward House i came to Auburn to vist the home of Harriet Tubman Visiting the Seward House was an additional treat The house is filled with fine art and many artifacts. The guide was very informative and plesant It was wonderful to find out that Harriet Tubman was a frequent visitor to Mr. Seward and this... More 

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New London CT
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98 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The house is beautiful and full of history and the nature of the man, William Seward. Very very interesting. Our guide was excellent and we learned much about him and his times. Lovely grounds too.

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Skaneateles, New York
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104 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This museum, the former home of William Seward who served as Lincoln's Secretary of State, is a well preserved step back in time. Upon entering you feel as if Seward and his family are just down the hall. The home and its artifacts are left as if the Sewards were still in residence. The tour is well done and educational.... More 

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