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Seward House Museum

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Address: 33 South St, Auburn, NY 13021-3929
Phone Number: 13152521283
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Fascinating and unexpected history

I didn't come to the area this time for the history, but our B&B host highly recommended the tour, and we were very glad we went. Did you know that the same conspiracy that was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Binghamton, New York
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Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I didn't come to the area this time for the history, but our B&B host highly recommended the tour, and we were very glad we went. Did you know that the same conspiracy that was responsible for assassinating Abe Lincoln also stabbed his Secretary of State, William Seward? And yes, they kept the blood soaked bed sheets. This house is... More 

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Auburn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is just a wonderful piece of history!! The best part it is right in our hometown and great to visit during Xmas.

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MsFanny, General Manager at Seward House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback and please come back to visit us during the holiday season! More 

Pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Seward House is probably the best guided, historic tour that we have been on. The young intern (Michael) was very knowledgeable about the house, the family, and the history of the home. 98% of the items in the house are original and were used by the family starting in the early 1800's. This is a gem that you should... More 

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Skaneateles, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Seward House is a local treasure. It is painstaking restored and the docents are fabulous. If you visit in the summer and early fall the gardens are worth a quick walk through as well.

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MsFanny, General Manager at Seward House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your visit and your feedback. Come back soon....with friends! More 

Kingston, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mom and I were on our second trip to the Finger Lakes area (we'd been a few years before) and we spent the first part of our trip in the Skaneateles area. I'd seen some excellent reviews of the Seward House Museum, and since we both enjoy historical sites/tours, we headed to the Seward House for the first tour... More 

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Fayetteville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The house, owned by Lincoln's secretary of state, is in pristine condition, and the tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable.

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East Brunswick, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

William Seward was governor of New York state and later Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln. His lovely and stately home includes 90% of the family's original furnishings as well as mementos, paintings, and photographs from famous people who visited Seward during his lifetime. It is fascinating to learn of his notable career, including his purchase of Alaska, and the... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Seward Family had such a well-developed sense of their place in history that they kept everything. Everything. Including William Seward's not-fully-smoked Cuban cigars! That should tell you how much there is to see, to absorb, to understand about the family, their collections, their lives and their remarkable house/museum. Our tour guide, an intern at the Museum for the summer,... More 

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rochester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house tour provides an excellent look back into the history of the area, as well as a connection to national politics and the acquisition of Alaska. Seward was a US Senator, NYS governor and Secretary of State under Lincoln. Our guide provided an excellent tour of the house, its history and artifacts, the history of the family, and Seward's... More 

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Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We all liked this museum. Our guide had a ton of knowledge and was really easy to relate to. Amy told fun and interesting stories about William Seward and his family. It was reasonably priced and well worth the time we spent there. My 4 teens enjoyed it too. We all learned a lot.

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