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“A house filled with history!”

Seward House Museum
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Auburn
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Open the door and be swept back in history. Seward had the forethought to buy Alaska and so many thought he was crazy for that. Serving under President Lincoln there are just numerous stories. A definite must see if you are in the area. How blessed we are that a family member made this into a museum to share with us. The tour is approximately 45 minutes and very informative. Go!

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

What a wonderful piece of history. Great tours given by the docents about an American many people don't know. Senator, governor, secretary of state who was a key part of lincoln's cabinet. The house stayed in seward's family until the 1950s, so everything is personal family memorabilia and furniture. It's a magnificent house with beautiful gardens. If only the walls could talk. Don't miss it.

2  Thank Sharon P
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

My wife and I went to the Seward House on the recommendation of my brother-in-law prior to a family wedding in Auburn. We're both very glad we did!

This house is a historical gem - even if you are not a Civil War buff (and I am not) - this house will impress as an astonishingly well-preserved piece of US history. Unlike most house/museums which have one or two original pieces of furniture, Seward house has all the original furnishings and books from the Seward Family. The upstairs is astonishing with its walls of orginal lithographs of from Seward's collection of individuals he met and hobnobbed with. (Note Andrew Jackson's lithograph - same image that appears on the $20 bill!)

Admission is $8/adult, but is free on the first Fri evening of the month. We actually decided not to go on Fri evening, but rather Sat morning. This proved to be a good decision, as we avoided the crowds, had a virtually private tour, and extra time to look in amazement at the Seward rooms - noticing details that would have probably gone unnoticed in a faster tour.

Highest recommendation!

4  Thank garyokeNh_Vt
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Seward Family Museum protects the legacy of a truly inspiring American, his extraordinary wife, and their children and grandchildren. Every room in the home, from the "old kitchen" stop on the Underground Railroad to the Alaska room and the extensive diplomatic gallery is a testament to a historic achievement. Still, surrounded by so many of their possessions, it feels like William Seward and his family would be right at home here today. Andrew was a fabulous tour guide and every member of the staff was outgoing, knowledgeable, and clearly dedicated to the museum's work. Our "behind the scenes" tour arranged through the Aurora Inn was a real privilege. Geralyn's plans for the future display of heirlooms in the attic are so exciting - we still can't believe we were able to venture into the attic! We have visited the homes of many other famous Americans, but have never enjoyed a visit as much as this one...we will be back!

2  Thank BradW36262
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

This nineteenth century home is not only nearly
perfectly preserved but it still contains most of the original furniture and other contents such as clocks, books, and silverware just as they were in Seward's day. The guide was knowledgeable and informative. It was fascinating to see the actual carriage from which Seward fell resulting in his injury not long before Lincoln's assassination and Seward's attempted assassination. Better even than Mt. Vernon.

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