Current Exhibits

Pressing Ahead: Publishing in 19th Century Auburn

March 3 – May 27, 2017

Inside Standing Rock: Photographs by Alex Hamer

March 3 – May 27, 2017

Upcoming Exhibits

Becoming American: the Italian Immigrant Experience in Cayuga County

June 9 – September 24, 2017

Women’s Protest: Two Sides of the Fight for Suffrage in New York

October 6 – December 30, 2017

Permanent Exhibits


Both Sides of the Wall:  Auburn and Its Prison

What is now called Auburn Correctional Facility is the oldest continually-operating prison in the U.S.  The history of the prison and the city that grew up around it cannot be separated.  Through scores of photographs and artifacts, this exhibit tells the story of the most influential of all American prisons.


A Child’s World

Growing out of 4th graders’ requests to see more about children in our museum,
this exhibit explores what’s changed and what remains the same in the ways in which we raise our children – care, education, work and more.


Case Research Lab

The Birthplace of Talking Movies!!

Theodore Case converted the green house on the family estate into the Case Research Lab in 1916. He then set out on a scientific journey that changed the way we see and hear the world.  Come see how the CRL developed the first commercially successful system of sound on film.

Past Exhibits

Contemporary Heirlooms from the Piecemakers Quilt Guild

November 17 – December 30, 2016

The Auburn System: Photographs by Joe Librandi-Cowan

 October 7 – December 30, 2016 | Second Floor

A Living Legacy: Arts of the Haudenosaunee

September 15 – November 6, 2016

The Painter on Perry Street: Works of Mike Evangelista

July 17 – September 4, 2016

Cops and Robbers: Law Enforcement and Sensational Crimes

May 13 – September 4, 2016

Visit Your Museum: A Look Back at the Art and Culture Clubs that Shaped Us

February 11 – April 24, 2016

Old is New: Recent Donations to Our Collection, 2014-2015

Through April 24, 2016 | Second Floor

Breaking Bread: Food, Culture and What’s on Your Plate

September 11 – December 30, 2015

Untold Stories: Treasures from the Seward Family Collection

June 7 – August 30, 2015

*Collaborative exhibit with the Seward House Museum

People Helping People: Celebrating 50 Years of Community Action

April 3 – May 24, 2015

*Collaborative exhibit showcasing the Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency

Processing the Past: Glass Plate Negatives from our Collection

February 6 – May 24, 2015

Local Links: Notable People with Cayuga Connections

February 6 – March 22, 2015

Contemporary Heirlooms from the Cayuga Lake Quilt Guild

November 7 – December 30, 2014

A Living Legacy: Arts of the Haudenosaunee

September 19 – October 26, 2014

Auburn at Normandy: The 299th Combat Engineers and Local Stories of WWII

May 23 – August 31, 2014

Discover the stories of men from Auburn’s West End who served together throughout World War II and were among the first to hit the beaches on D-Day; through tales of first-hand experiences, photographs, flags, and much more.