Larger than ever before! Get into the spirit of the season with a crisp autumnal walking tour led by museum staff from the Seward House and Cayuga Museum. Take in the foliage and take in the history as guides lead you through a winding stroll that features Auburn's downtown, historic South Street residential district, and Fort Hill Cemetery. Walkers will also enjoy taking a break at the Seward House - the tour's midway point - where complimentary cider and donuts will be served.

The fabulous and fascinating artwork of the Seward House moves from the backdrop to the foreground in this art-centric tour. Learn how aesthetics framed the world - and home - of the Seward family, as well as which artists and art movements caught their eyes.

Admission is $10. This tour will be in place of the regular 11am public tour.

See the Seward House Museum decked out for the holidays! Experience a Victorian Christmas in full with elegant decorations and live music performed throughout the day. Museum staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and share stories of Seward family Christmases.   

This event is free and open to the public.

Back by popular demand! Join museum staff from both the Seward House and the Cayuga Museum for a guided walking tour through Auburn. This tour is dedicated to unpacking the history of Auburn's West Side. By exploring the homes, businesses, and public spaces of this neighborhood, guides will discuss how the area emerged as a distinctive community in its own right. This tour is rain or shine, so participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and prepare appropriately in anticipation of two hours of walking through city neighborhoods.

Operatic soprano Rebecca Carr returns to the Seward House Museum for the fifth annual Parlor Music Concert, accompanied by her accomplished collaborative pianist, Richard Montgomery. The magnificent ambiance of the Seward House Museum drawing room and its 1872 Steinway piano will compliment Carr’s voice, which is characterized as a “big, vibrant soprano” that brings “touching” and “remarkable” portrayals to the roles she performs. The evening with Carr features a dramatic and engaging program of beloved operatic and operetta arias.

 Mr. Seward’s Junior Detective Leaguetour is designed especially for four and five year olds. Led by retired teachers, this unique experience offers children the chance to explore the first floor of the museum following clues that lead to distinctive artifacts.

Join us for a First Friday reception, featuring live music by Michael Fedorchuk, a member of Magical Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute band. In addition, the staff of the Seward House Museum will be highlighting our own personal art collections. The range of our individual interests is considerable and diverse. We encourage you to come see what our employees have found inspiring or intriguing on our own "Special Collections." Enjoy a fall evening of great art, live music, refreshments, and tours of the Museum. Free and open to the public.

For generations, the Sewards were among the most prominent of New York families. On this specialty tour, learn about how various members of the Seward family contributed to the history of the Empire State.

Admission is $10. This tour will be in place of the regular 11am public tour.

Leading Jefferson scholar, Catherine Kerrison presents her groundbreaking research on one of the most contested chapters in the history of any American Founding Father.

Join us for a September First Friday Community Event! Enjoy live music on the historic grounds by the band Teenager.  On display in our gift shop gallery space will be Every Place is a Poem, a new series of works by artist Jessie Reich. In this series, Reich explores the relationship of poetry, place, and the printed word. 

As always, guests are invited into the Museum to view the Dining and Drawing Rooms, with docents on hand to answer questions and interpret the spaces. Complimentary refreshments will be served.