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Seward House Museum

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Address: 33 South St, Auburn, NY 13021-3929
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+1 315-252-1283
13:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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An interesting place to visit for young or old

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 November 2016
Craig G
Maumee, Ohio
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Maumee, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

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

1 Thank Lynne F
Webster, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 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 18 October 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 

Thank Diana C
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Going through Auburn 2 years ago we didn't have time to visit the Seward House so it was on our must do list if we ever returned. It was well worth the visit and we had one of the best tour guides Joanne Mitchell we're ever had on a historic site. Her knowledge of the home and Mr. Seward turned... More 

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

I was lucky enough to have a solo tour of the Seward House Museum! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions! The home was filled with original art, furniture and books which made it even more exciting to tour. I enjoyed the gallery upstairs of all the important players of that time!

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Albany, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I have toured a lot of homes. This one is by far one of the most intact and pristine examples we have ever visited. Due primarily to the respect the generations of Seward's showed the property and took care of the priceless artifacts. Jeff, our tour guide did a fantastic job and was very knowledgable. Great home... More 

Thank Randy W
MsFanny, Manager at Seward House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to leave us feedback. Jeff is a valuable member of our team. His passion and enthusiasm for all things Seward is evident in his interpretation of the Seward story. More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I was in town with my hubby and while he was attending to work, I did some sight seeing. I had heard from another about the Seward House and had reviewed the brochure information so made it on my second day and so glad that I did. The tour of the home/museum was very informative and introduced things that did... More 

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

You get a very informative tour of the home of William Henry Seward, our Secretary of State who pushed for the purchase of Alaska from Russia - and haven't we been glad he did many times over! The home is lovely and the staff is great.

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Doylestown PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

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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