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Museums in Cayuga County

Cayuga Museum of History & Art and The Case Research Lab Museum

203 Genesee St.

Auburn, NY 13021


Housed in the 1836 Willard-Case mansion, the museum concentrates on local history and the history of sound film. Includes Theodore Case’s original laboratory, the birthplace of the talkies.

Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society

14 W. Cayuga St.

Moravia, NY 13118


The museum contains artifacts relating to Milliard Fillmore and genealogical materials in the Luther Research Center.

DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame and Classic Car Museum

1 Speedway Dr. (Rt. 31)

Weedsport, NY 13166


Racing and antique cars and car memorabilia.

Frontenac Museum

Rt. 90

Union Springs, NY 13160


Located in a historic Presbyterian church, the museum has exhibits on local history and culture.

Genoa Rural Life Museum

Genoa Historical Association

Jct. State Routes 90 and 34B

P.O. Box 316

King Ferry, NY 13081


A one-room schoolhouse and threshing barn provide a hands-on exhibit of what rural life was like in the past in this quaint rural town. Other interesting places to visit in the area.

Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged (Harriet Tubman Museum)

180-182 South St.

Auburn, NY 13021


This house museum features the life of Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), abolitionist, humanitarian. Tubman originally lived in the house and then used it as a home for the poor and elderly. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and the New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail. 

Howland Stone Store Museum

2956 Rt. 34B (Hamlet of Sherwood)

Aurora, NY 13026


Owned by the Friends of the Howland Stone Store, this lovely cobblestone building acts as a record of its role in the Underground Railroad and safeguards the possessions and memorabilia of previous owners. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and on the State's Underground Railroad Heritage Trail.

The Little Red School House Museum

14352 Woods Rd. (Rt. 104A)

Sterling, NY 13156


Home of the Sterling Historical Society, this two-story schoolhouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. Displays include a barber shop, general store, an early farm kitchen, and other items of local interest. The museum also has on display a fine collection of railroad lanterns, a model railroad, and the only railway signal tower in the state.

Old Brutus Historical Society

8943 N. Seneca St.

Weedsport, NY 13166


Permanent displays of local business signs, tools, and a turn-of-the-century kitchen. A large collection of local history and genealogical records.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

205 Genesee St.

Auburn, NY 13021


Multi-arts organization with emphasis on fine arts, architecture and design. The Center encourages the work of emerging artists and promotes public participation in and appreciation of the arts through exhibitions, educational programs, and other special events designed to reach a diverse audience.

Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural Museum

Emerson Park and Rt. 38A

Auburn, NY 13021


Extensive collection of farm and home implements of all kinds from the 1860s to the 1930s.

William H. Seward House

33 South St.

Auburn, NY 13021

This house museum depicts the life and times of abolitionist and former secretary of state William Henry Seward (1801-1872) and his family. Seward was the leading proponent of the Alaska Purchase and one of the founders of the Republican Party. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and the New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail.


Udated 8 September 2011








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