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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
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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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Excellent and Fascinating Museum

Stopped here while visiting family in the Syracuse area. As another reviewer said, this is truly a step back in time, and into the home life of the Seward family and Seward... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here while visiting family in the Syracuse area. As another reviewer said, this is truly a step back in time, and into the home life of the Seward family and Seward himself, a fascinating historical figure. The tour is guided and very well done with lots of historical detail. Most interesting part was the room devoted to the assassination... More 

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Auburn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Seward House is a gem. The Seward family did not throw anything away. All of the original furnishings are amazing. But even more amazing is the amount of history contained in this house. I have toured the house a number of times and I learn new things every time I visit. A very worthwhile tour. Touring at Christmas time... More 

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Horseheads, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed spending some of our "date day" here. I am currently reading "Team of Rivals" book so I thought this museum would be interesting. It really was. We did a guided tour which was informative. Also it looks like they take care at keeping it clean and well maintained including tasteful holiday decor.

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Croton on Hudson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Of course like most I knew about Seward's 'foolish' but visionary purchase of Alaska. However, I was very surprised to learn about the wider conspiracy around Lincoln's assassination and its impact on Seward's life. The house itself is remarkable with its period furnishings and the commentary of the guide was very informative based on a depth of historical knowledge. Be... More 

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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

The Seward House Museum is amazing! You realize that you are not just seeing artifacts of a bygone day. You are in The Seward Family home. The furniture is original to the house as are the beautiful paintings. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and breathed life into all of the facts. I believe her name was Corliss and she... More 

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

A walk back in time. With all the original furnishings you feel like you can picture yourself being back in that era. The staff is very educated on the history of the museum. The grounds are kept just as beautiful as the inside. The Seward House is a must see.

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Maumee, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

My wife and I visited. I had not been there since a school field trip 45+ years ago. Beautiful home and the docents give a clear and inspiring tour. Many people are unaware that Secreatary Seward was also shot the evening that President Lincoln was assassinated.

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Thank Craig G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful historic house with original furnishings. The house and grounds are very well maintained. Staff is very knowledgeable

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Webster, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

I'm not a real big history person, but I found the house and associated stories and protraits to be quite interesting. Our docent was extremely knowledgeable and could answet any question.

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Silver Creek, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Perhaps if we had taken the tour at a different time I would have enjoyed it more. But it was mid-afternoon and we had already been to another city sightseeing and the day was very hot and there was no air conditioning or fans to cool us off while in the house. Therefore my physical discomfort leads me to just... More 

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

Thank you so much for your visit and for providing us with this feedback. The home does not have AC and yes, it certainly can get quite warm during the summer months. We typically winterize the home in late September or early October as in Central New York, snow can and does happen with the arrival of fall. We would... More 

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