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The Cayuga Museum and Case Research Lab

203 Genesee St, Auburn, NY 13021-3304
+1 315-253-8051
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History at it's best

The revolving exhibits mean that you can visit repeatedly and see another new aspect of Auburn's... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
James L
Much to see in this period bldg.

My wife and I visited as I hadn't seen it for 20 years. So much to see. There are changing... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
Craig G
Maumee, Ohio
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The Cayuga Museum campus operates in three buildings: the mansion, the Case Research Laboratory, and the carriage house. The mansion is home to several changing exhibits each year as well as a permanent exhibit about Auburn Correctional Facility. The Case Research Laboratory is the home of talking movies, where Theodore Case invented the first commercially successful system of sound on film, which visitors can now explore on a guided tour to learn about the history of sound film. The carriage house is a recently renovated multi-purpose space used for museum and community events. Our mission is to provide a forum for the public to realize, interact with and appreciate Cayuga County’s shared past and unfolding present to help shape a better future.
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203 Genesee St, Auburn, NY 13021-3304
+1 315-253-8051
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

The revolving exhibits mean that you can visit repeatedly and see another new aspect of Auburn's history at each visit. The exhibits are carefully researched and displayed. The adjacent building carefully documents the invention of sound motion pictures by the prior owner of the home,...More

Thank James L
Reviewed 7 November 2016

My wife and I visited as I hadn't seen it for 20 years. So much to see. There are changing exhibits as well as the normal offerings. If your outdoor plans are messed up, this museum will delite you for a couple of hours. The...More

1  Thank Craig G
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This was an interesting museum to tour. The main building contained different artifacts with explanations including a beautiful Tiffany window. The second floor had the history of the Auburn prison which was used as a model for other prisons of the early 1800s. This prison...More

Thank FrequentTraveler696
Reviewed 29 August 2016

When you first drive up to the front of the mansion, it gives you a sense of awe. The architecture and size will make you want to see what it's like inside. And, once inside, you will be amazed by what you see in the...More

Thank Michael A. S
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Excellent bit of history about Ted Case, inventor of sound for film which ended silent movies. This historical research lab is located behind the Cayuga Museum. The docent did a great job explaining how the AEO light reacted to sound waves and how this discovery...More

1  Thank Dorothy F
Reviewed 23 May 2016

I have visited Cayuga Museum many times for exhibits, concerts in the Theater Mack, and fund raisers as well. The exhibits are informational and interesting, highlighting the rich history of Auburn and the surrounding area. The warm and welcoming staff are always helpful and are...More

1  Thank ryn606
Reviewed 21 May 2016

who knew sound of movies originated in this town... nice, instructive museum on the process, although the entry isn't all that easy... charming, obviously volunteer staff

Reviewed 19 May 2016

Took the tour of the lab and it was very very interesting to hear how the film industry started to use sound and the other items to view.

1  Thank Chris M
Reviewed 18 December 2015

To see how the Case Family lived, and the displays in the museum, there is a jail cell on the second floor, in former greenhouse is original equipment that sound motion pics were invented by Ted Case in the 1920's.

1  Thank Alex M
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Amazing display. Must see to appreciate what we enjoy today with 'sound on film'. Theodore Case and his Research Lab were forgotten for many years. Thanks to this Museum for maintaining the original preservation of all his work. Like Thodore Case walked out the door...More

1  Thank Lucy T
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