Cayuga Museum of History and Art

203 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: 315-253-8051

Cayuga Museum of History and Art


The Cayuga Museum of History and Art engages the community to appreciate local history, promotes the arts, and educates individuals about the invention of sound on film through the operation of the Museum, Case Research Laboratory, and Carriage House Theater. 

The Cayuga Museum has been collecting material of local relevancy since its founding in 1936, and today we are Cayuga County’s largest repository of cultural artifacts. The Museum is also incorporated with the Case Research Laboratory, obtained from Theodore Case in 1941. Mr. Case deeded to the Museum the Lab building and its contents, including letters, plans, equipment, and notebooks pertaining to the invention of sound technology, totaling over 6,000 objects.


Cayuga Museum of History and Art is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council.


Booker T. Washington Float - 1945

Collection of photographs documenting a parade in Auburn, NY, to celebrate the end of WWII in 1945.

Old Home Week parade on Genesee Street

This collection contains photographs of a parade held during Auburn’s Old Home Week celebration in June 1906.

Cayuga County Savings Bank, 1954

Photographs of the city of Auburn NY, featuring downtown businesses, residences, city buildings, banking institutions, and hotels. 

Studio Camera

Collection of photographs related to the Case Research Laboratory in Auburn, NY, where the first commercially successful sound-on-film system was developed by Theodore Case.

priest within a church apse

Photographs of various religious institutions in Cayuga County.

Helen Alexander Diary, 1868

Diaries of Helen Alexander, who lived in rural Cayuga County from 1838 to 1923.  

George Michaels Speaking in NYS Assembly Chamber

Materials relating to NYS Assemblyman George M. Michaels, who represented Cayuga County. He's best known for his pivotal vote for the passage of abortion rights in New York State.

Damage at A&P Supermarket on Genesee Street

Collection of photographs documenting damage to the city of Auburn, NY, from a storm in 1946.

Fleming NY Petition

Petitions signed by men and women in various towns of New York State in support of women's suffrage.