When you walk inside the doors of the Seward House Museum, it is like stepping back in time as if William Henry Seward himself just left for the day. The Seward House Museum displays one of the most original collections of any historic home in America. Our collections are an invaluable historic asset for historians, artists, and the public alike. Even Doris Kearns Goodwin, when referring to the Seward House, stated, “I keep telling everyone that it is one of the most treasured museums in our whole country.”

We work each day to inspire curiosity and foster learning about the 19th century through the lens of the William H. Seward family. Your gift will support a national treasure, allowing us to continue providing dynamic and meaningful experiences today and for generations to come.

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Planned Giving

Support the legacy of the Seward House Museum through gifts that can offer tax benefits and enable you to make a more significant gift than otherwise possible. For more information about planned giving or to notify the Museum of a planned gift, please contact Maria Coleman at or 315-252-1283.

2023 Seward House Museum Highlights

  • The opening of our new exhibit, "Rooted in Reform," which explores the Seward family's connections to the Auburn Prison and criminal justice reform. This has led to a series of exciting program and new partnerships.
  • Building off the success of "Rooted in Reform," twice in 2023 the Museum convened collaborative conference sessions for the Museum Association of New York State. Partnerships in these panels included representatives from carceral sites like the Sing Sing Prison Museum.
  • Playing a lead role in the City of Auburn's annual Founders Day weekend. SHM staff led historic trolley tours, presented new research on Elijah Miller's role in the original founding of Auburn, and hosted a community conversation with Ted Freeman, author of a new book on the City's African American heritage.