Seward House Museum
33 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021 • (315) 252-1283
William Henry Seward was a political leader in the 19th Century. He left a legacy of great achievements with each office he held. As Governor of New York he instituted the first statewide school library system. As Secretary of State to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, Seward was instrumental in writing the Emancipation Proclamation and negotiating the purchase of Alaska, known as “Seward’s Folly.”
William Seward and his wife Frances not only lived in their South Street home, but utilized it in acts of kindness and radical reform. The Seward family entertained U.S. presidents, escaped slaves, and people from all walks of life. Visitors to the Seward House Museum walk amongst the Seward family’s original furniture and personal belongings. Touring through thirteen period rooms, visitors learn the story of an extraordinary man and his family.
Seward House Museum’s extensive collection features decorative and fine arts from the height of the Victorian Era. Fine arts and history lovers alike will enjoy seeing iconic pieces by renowned artists including Thomas Cole, Emanuel Leutze, Daniel Chester French, Henry Inman, and Matthew Brady.