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The Cayuga Museum/Case Research Lab

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Address: 203 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021
Phone Number: +1 315-253-8051
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12:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Cayuga Museum presents changing exhibitions, public programs, and...

The Cayuga Museum presents changing exhibitions, public programs, and serves hundreds of researchers annually on three floors of the historic Willard-Case Mansion. We care for thousands of artifacts, archives and a photographs from Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes region as well as the complete archives and collections of the Case Research Lab, where Theodore Case invented the first commercially successful system of sound on film. 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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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 exhibits as well as the normal offerings. If your outdoor plans are messed up, this... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Craig G
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Maumee, Ohio
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Maumee, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 adjoining film museum is included in your admission and worth the time.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 was also the first place where the electric chair was used. This is a self-guided... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 way of the grandeur of the interior. Also, not only do you get the history... More 

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Montvale, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 enabled sound to be imprinted onto the film.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 happy to answer any questions you may have. It's a must see if your in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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

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Auburn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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.

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 yesterday. Also amazing are the original Thomas Edison light bulbs that still work..This building is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

Amazing. The history of recording sound on film was invented in 1924 by Theodore Case and is exhibited here. You see the equipment in his studio and see the dark lab too. Inventions are displayed. The history of Case and Fox Movies in CA is fascinating. This museum should be tenderly protected and widely publicized. Go see this remarkable display... More 

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