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The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
+1 860-247-0998
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Amazing history and documentary

This museum is a must visit for anyone who has heard about Mr. Clemens. The staff is very nice and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Arch L
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Quite Interesting

Surprisingly, it was quite easy to purchase tickets for the tour (small groups of about 10), even... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brattleboro, Vermont
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The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of America's greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books. The Webster Bank Museum Center at The Mark Twain House & Museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about Mark Twain, his family, the historic house, and the author's legacy. This state-of-the-art facility houses our ticket desk; the Aetna Gallery with a permanent exhibition on Twain's life and work; a rotating exhibition hall, The Hartford Financial Services Theatre, showing a Ken Burns mini-documentary on Twain; classroom space; the lecture hall-style Lincoln Financial Auditorium; The Mark Twain Store; entertaining spaces like the soaring Hal Holbrook and the sunny second floor cafe/patio area.
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
+1 860-247-0998
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This museum is a must visit for anyone who has heard about Mr. Clemens. The staff is very nice and knowledgeable. They have house tours every 15-30 min for $20 for adults and $11 for children. We took the special tour where one the guides...More

Thank Arch L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Surprisingly, it was quite easy to purchase tickets for the tour (small groups of about 10), even at the height of summer. You can also purchase online in advance. There is a film and small gallery to visit either before or after the tour plus...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A chance to step back in time and view the beauty and splendor of yesteryear. Can't say I knew much more about Samuel Clemens than the average person, read a couple of his stories in my youth and so wasn't thinking this would be a...More

Thank HappyCamper00000
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On arrival you are allocated a tour time of the house. While you wait there is a short film (we didn't have time to see this) and some museum pieces with quotes from Twain. Then it's into the house. Bridget was our tour guide and...More

1  Thank BigMerk
Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited the Mark Twain house on a Saturday in July and had a lovely tour with just a few other people. The tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and open to all my questions. They told fun stories and shared historical moments that made the...More

1  Thank Megan R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Start your visit here by viewing the 20 minute Ken Burns film about Mark Twain. What is really cool about this film is that Mark Twain himself is in it. We signed up for the Living History tour which was just a few dollars more...More

1  Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is marvelous, just amazing. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are a wonder. The guided tour not only provides the history of the house, but also insight as to who was Mark Twain. He was definitely a man ahead of his time.

Thank TwoT0Travel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting tour. I learned about Twain, the house and the area. Our tour guide was a teacher. I could tell she loved giving the tour and sharing her knowledge with us. I bought an inexpensive book of Mark Twain's quotes in the gift shop.

Thank Maryann S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a great educational experience and fun trip for you, a date or family to embrace history. I truly enjoy my visit each year.

Thank Tara C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love history and graduated from HPHS in 1972. It is very close to Mark Twains house, but I never went there until now. WOW, I miss seeing this great part of our history for long time. It made me think like I was but...More

1  Thank Manuel Q
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Cindy L
21 August 2017|
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Response from jakester88 | Reviewed this property |
Agree with BigMerk. The museum and gardens are fine, they have elevators, but the house is a different story and that's what you really want to see.
10 April 2017|
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Response from Jena G | Reviewed this property |
The house tour is about 45 minutes, but there is a museum and a bookstore that you can visit at your leisure. I spent good three hours there (but I am someone who just loves to linger at historical sites) and even then I... More
24 March 2017|
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Response from charlessd2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The grounds: not so much, but there is a track and soccer field with a park next to the parking lot.