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.

2021 Seward House Museum Highlights

  • Numerous partnerships with local and national businesses and sites. Virtually, we partnered with Ford's Theatre, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, the Surratt House Museum, and Dr. Samuel Mudd Museum on a series of panel discussions. Closer to home, we partnered with our community neighbor Simple Roast Coffee on a Seward-themed drink special, as part of our focus on Seward's domestic travels.
  • The long-awaited return of our volunteer and internship programs, both longstanding pillars of the Museum's identity.
  • The Museum welcomed Dorothy Wickenden, author of The Agitators, for a reception and book talk as part of the 2021 Elsa Soderberg Distinguished Speaker Series. This event was a sell-out, and marked our first in-person lecture since 2019.