Exterior House (Spring)

"When the morning mail comes in, there are two forms of unhappiness about letters.  One is not getting them; and the other is getting too many of them.  Ladies often have the former trouble.  Mine, all my life, has been the latter one." —Seward, February 8, 1872

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.

In place of regular public tour.  Admission: $10.

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.

In place of regular public tour.  Admission: $10.

Focusing on the wartime actions of the entire Seward family, this specialty tour traces the history of the Civil War through a most intimate lens. Follow the various members of the family through the conflict that divided a nation, and learn how each bore witness and participated in the struggle to preserve the union. 

In place of the regular public tour.  Admission: $10.

This tour offers a glimpse into the lives of the women of the Seward family through their personal diaries and letters. It explores gender relations, politics, and social customs in the antebellum and Civil War periods.

In place of the regular public tour.  Admission: $10.

Learn more about a friendship that reshaped the course of American history. Secretary of State Seward was generally considered “President Lincoln’s right hand,” a trusted advisor and confidant among the administration’s famed “team of rivals. But they also struck up a close and warm friendship. Discover the nature of their relationship on this very special tour experience.

In place of the regular public tour.  Admission: $10.

Join museum staff from both the Seward House and the Cayuga Museum for a guided walking tour through Auburn. Staring at the Seward House Museum, the focus of this tour centers around the eastern side of Auburn, including special emphasis placed upon the iconic South Street district and its fascinating residential history. The surrounding neighborhoods will also be explored and their unique histories revealed. 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.

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