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“A must for any history buff!”

Seward House Museum
Ranked #1 of 23 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 January 1, 2014

Seward has undergone renewed interest lately, first with the publication of "Team of Rivals", and following that the movie "Lincoln" which was based on that book. Seward played a major role in mid 19th century politics, the civil war, emancipation, and despite this he is best known as the purchaser of Alaska.

As someone else said, it looks like the house was recently lived in. Things are meticulously arranged, and well taken care of. Around every corner for me was an "I can't believe they have this", things such as original Matthew Brady portraits, the original of the famous painting of the singing of the emancipation proclamation, a portrait gallery with the items hand numbered by Seward, and my jaw dropping favorite, a desk used in the first continental congress gifted to Seward.

If you are a lover of history, particularly this amazing time in American history, or if you just like to see beautiful art and furnishings, this is the place for you.

I want to go back!

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Holiday decorations very nicely done by local florists and re-enactors with Seward family Holiday stories add to the charm of this gem of a house museum. Certainly worth visiting but this tour is short and previous and/or return visits are recommended. The house was kept in the same family for well over a century and that allowed the contents to remain mostly undisturbed for that period of time. This is a rare view of how the wealthy lived in the 19th century, even in a small city. If the Seward House were in Newport, Savannah or Philadelphia, there would be long lines waiting for tickets. In Auburn it can be easily overlooked and that would be a mistake. Seward was a remarkable man who lived in a remarkable time. To visit his home is a privilege.

Thank Lawrence K
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Seward House is the home of William Henry Seward who was governor of New York State, Secretary of State for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was responsible for the purchase of Alaska for the United States. The house is a marvelously maintained example of 19th century living by the wealthy and famous. The home was beautifully decorated for the Christmas holiday. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

1  Thank JHHaight
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Seward House was the home of one of the most important political, social and philanthropic
figures of the United States. Seward worked toward social justice by making better housing for blacks, helping escapees on the Underground Railroad (along with associate, Harriet Tubman), an confidant of Abraham Lincoln in who was also wounded in the murderous attack on Lincoln and who, later would purchase Alaska from Russia.
This is the one of the best Museum houses I have ever visited. In fact, the family left everything (including the regally set dining table) as if they had just left. The staff is still sorting though the collection.

Thank StephenStomps
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Just one of many participants in the monthly First Friday, the Seward House Museum features an artist and music and a good crowd.

Thank Susan1013021
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