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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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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
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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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Concord, NH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

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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