Welcome to Auburn, NY
Take an hour or spend a few days, visiting Auburn’s historic and cultural sites and you’ll see why we are called ‘History’s Hometown.’
See where iconic American heroes Harriet Tubman and William H. Seward lived while helping lead slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. View outstanding examples of Tiffany glass at the Willard Memorial Chapel, Cayuga Museum of History & Art and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Visit the birthplace of talking films at the Case Research Lab and take in a contemporary art exhibit or quilt show at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. Top off your day with a comedy act, play or even a dance performance at Auburn Public Theater. You will not be short of things to see and do and everything is within a 5-mile radius of downtown, Auburn.
New Exhibits at the Seward House Museum
This year the Seward House Museum is pleased to showcase two new exhibits focusing on the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the assassination attempt on William Henry Seward. The exhibition on the U.S. Civil War tells the story of the Seward family whose members served in varied roles; battlefield commanders, military administration officers, and of course, political leaders. It includes period uniforms worn by Seward’s sons, weaponry, an expanded section on William H. Seward’s involvement with the C.S.S Alabama incident, and a piece of General Grant’s casket. Technologies new to the museum have been installed to push this already impressive new exhibit over the top and appeal to new visitor demographics.
For the assassination exhibit, a slew of new imagery and objects loaned from the National Park Service and private collectors will be displayed. These, of course, will sit alongside the infamous and beautifully reframed bloody bed sheet taken from William Seward’s bed the evening of the attack, and pressed flowers from President Lincoln’s casket. A further new addition to this exhibit is the costume worn by Titus Wellever, who portrayed Seward’s would-be assassin, Lewis Powell, in the 1997 television film “The Day Lincoln Was Shot.” Now open, the exhibit provides a dynamic new way to envision this seminal moment in American history.
Both exhibits are featured during the general house tour of the Seward House Museum. Our hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm with tours on the hour and the last tour running at 4 pm.
Preserve America Community
Preserve America recognizes and designates communities, including municipalities, counties, neighborhoods in large cities, and tribal communities, that protect and celebrate their heritage.
Since the program began in 2003, more than 800 communities have been designated as Preserve America Communities from throughout the country. Participants come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Newly designated communities are notified by a letter from Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States.