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The Cayuga Museum/Case Research Lab

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Address: 203 Genesee St, Auburn, NY 13021-3304
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+1 315-253-8051
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Cayuga Museum campus operates in three buildings: the mansion, the Case...

The Cayuga Museum campus operates in three buildings: the mansion, the Case Research Laboratory, and the carriage house. The mansion is home to several changing exhibits each year as well as a permanent exhibit about Auburn Correctional Facility. The Case Research Laboratory is the home of talking movies, where Theodore Case invented the first commercially successful system of sound on film, which visitors can now explore on a guided tour to learn about the history of sound film. The carriage house is a recently renovated multi-purpose space used for museum and community events. Our mission is to provide a forum for the public to realize, interact with and appreciate Cayuga County’s shared past and unfolding present to help shape a better future.

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History at it's best

The revolving exhibits mean that you can visit repeatedly and see another new aspect of Auburn's history at each visit. The exhibits are carefully researched and displayed. The... read more

Reviewed January 4, 2017
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Reviewed January 4, 2017

The revolving exhibits mean that you can visit repeatedly and see another new aspect of Auburn's history at each visit. The exhibits are carefully researched and displayed. The adjacent building carefully documents the invention of sound motion pictures by the prior owner of the home, William Case. A treasure!

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Maumee, Ohio
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

My wife and I visited as I hadn't seen it for 20 years. So much to see. There are changing exhibits as well as the normal offerings. If your outdoor plans are messed up, this museum will delite you for a couple of hours. The adjoining film museum is included in your admission and worth the time.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Reviewed September 13, 2016

This was an interesting museum to tour. The main building contained different artifacts with explanations including a beautiful Tiffany window. The second floor had the history of the Auburn prison which was used as a model for other prisons of the early 1800s. This prison was also the first place where the electric chair was used. This is a self-guided... More 

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Reviewed August 28, 2016

When you first drive up to the front of the mansion, it gives you a sense of awe. The architecture and size will make you want to see what it's like inside. And, once inside, you will be amazed by what you see in the way of the grandeur of the interior. Also, not only do you get the history... More 

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Montvale, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Excellent bit of history about Ted Case, inventor of sound for film which ended silent movies. This historical research lab is located behind the Cayuga Museum. The docent did a great job explaining how the AEO light reacted to sound waves and how this discovery enabled sound to be imprinted onto the film.

1 Thank Dorothy F
Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed May 23, 2016

I have visited Cayuga Museum many times for exhibits, concerts in the Theater Mack, and fund raisers as well. The exhibits are informational and interesting, highlighting the rich history of Auburn and the surrounding area. The warm and welcoming staff are always helpful and are happy to answer any questions you may have. It's a must see if your in... More 

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Reviewed May 21, 2016

who knew sound of movies originated in this town... nice, instructive museum on the process, although the entry isn't all that easy... charming, obviously volunteer staff

Auburn, New York
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Reviewed May 19, 2016

Took the tour of the lab and it was very very interesting to hear how the film industry started to use sound and the other items to view.

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Reviewed December 18, 2015

To see how the Case Family lived, and the displays in the museum, there is a jail cell on the second floor, in former greenhouse is original equipment that sound motion pics were invented by Ted Case in the 1920's.

1 Thank Alex M
Auburn, New York
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Reviewed September 14, 2015

Amazing display. Must see to appreciate what we enjoy today with 'sound on film'. Theodore Case and his Research Lab were forgotten for many years. Thanks to this Museum for maintaining the original preservation of all his work. Like Thodore Case walked out the door yesterday. Also amazing are the original Thomas Edison light bulbs that still work..This building is... More 

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