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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 People and History

A visit to the home of Lincoln's Secretary of State, William H. Seward, was the key driver for our visit to Auburn and it was worth it. It's a fascinating home, filled with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Doylestown PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A visit to the home of Lincoln's Secretary of State, William H. Seward, was the key driver for our visit to Auburn and it was worth it. It's a fascinating home, filled with amazing relics of the time, including the "usual suspects" involved in Lincoln's kidnapping plot and the somewhat bloodied sheet from the attempt on Seward's life. It was... More 

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Concord, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

OK -- I'm a historic house groupie. And the Seward House Museum is right at the top of the list of great places I've visited. Usually a historic home has gone through many owners between the time that the famous person lived there. The furniture is "of the period" and "similar to" what might have originally been there. But the... More 

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Seward was an amazing statesman who, when he couldn't get the presidential election, threw all of his support behind Lincoln. He was the man was behind the purchase of Alaska from Russia and was very well-traveled. The upstairs hallway of his home is literally covered with pictures of the various heads of state he met all over the world!

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see while in Auburn. The history about William Seward is an eye-opener. Before we stopped here, we only knew about Seward’s acquisition of Alaska (Seward’s Folly). One of the fascinating things we learned is how there was a conspiracy to not only assassinate Lincoln, but others in his cabinet, including Seward. Seward was attacked in his... More 

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For most, the history of William Seward will be a revelation...several actually. The man who would be President had he not been overseas rubbing shoulders with dignitaries as Lincoln quietly campaigned here at home....Fortunately, Lincoln recognized Sewards vast knowledge and statesmanship and made him his Secretary Of State...When Seward arranged the purchase of Alaska from the Russians ( for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice the home was left as it was when the last member of the family left the home, home left as a museum.

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Knox, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really glad we decided to do this tour. The house is amazing in itself, but the information shared by our guide is what really made this worthwhile. Didn't realize the importance of the William Seward to the Lincoln administration, or the close friendship he developed with Lincoln. Well worth the time to make this part of your trip to Auburn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tour is $10 and lasts 1.5 hours. Parking on the grounds, also in the adjacent muni lot. You do not have to pay for parking on weekends. This tour was fascinating. The house was chockfull of artifacts that were actually owned by William Seward. Many were gifts from foreign heads of state. The house was built by Seward's father in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived at the beautiful estate of William Seward. I expected just one more quick and uneventful tour. I mean what could possible be shown or said about this individual and his life since he was someone not very well known in U.S. history. Boy, was I wrong!!!! The guided tour was extremely... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review. The Seward family history is amazing and important and we never run out of stories and interesting ways to share those stories. More 

Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

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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Thanks for your visit and for leaving us your feedback. We take pride in our summer intern program as we train the next generation of leaders. More 

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