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The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
+1 860-247-0998
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Beautiful Piece of American History

It was a lovely educational tour in a exquisitely crafted home. With lots of rooms, nooks, and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
LizDelSol
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Los Angeles, California
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Lovely, but need friendlier guides

The museum and house were beautiful and impeccably kept, but no one greeted (or even acknowledged... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sharyon C
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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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: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a lovely educational tour in a exquisitely crafted home. With lots of rooms, nooks, and crannies I felt like I got a taste of what Sam's life was like. When in Heartford stop by for a piece of American History. I was fortunate...More

Thank LizDelSol
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The museum and house were beautiful and impeccably kept, but no one greeted (or even acknowledged my presence), until I’d wandered around alone for about 20 min. And then I was warned/questioned about “buying a ticket” (it was rather unclear which sections were free vs....More

1  Thank Sharyon C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely worth the time and admission fee to get insights into one of our most loved authors. Our guide was very good, giving lots of background into Samuel Clemens life, especially during the years he spent in this house, and insights into the social fabric...More

Thank Julie32159
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

During a road trip from VA to Rhode island we stopped to see the Mark Twain house in Hartford, what a wonderful tour this was. So informative and worth the visit. The home is beautiful and gives you a true experience of what it would...More

Thank Capri L
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband was been on a reading kick lately, and Huckleberry Finn caught his attention, so we devised a three day mini vacay to CT to included taking a tour of the house. Such a treasure it is. The tour guide, Diana was so knowledgeable....More

1  Thank Momma L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mark Twain House and Museum is a wonderful place to tour, and its proximity to the Harriet Beecher Stowe home/center is a plus. Do pre-arrange for timed tours to take full advantage of the history of these places. Having enjoyed the food at the...More

1  Thank Ruth N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this place and being a part of history! Seeing how one lived and grew up and how one got his Inspiration is wonderful.

Thank Lysa G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful chapter in American history. A great way to learn about a celebrated author who chronicled an interesting era. The house is a well preserved artifact of the gilded era. Access is afforded to almost every room, where guides adeptly tell you corresponding stories...More

Thank Benjamin P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating tour led by reenactor of Twain’s friend Revd Joseph Hopkins Twichell. Definitely worth taking one of the guided tours if you want a bit more from your visit. The house itself is interesting because it is standout different from the usual clapperboard properties.

1  Thank DizzyMare24
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mark Twain House offers very interesting tours, which (mostly) must be booked in advance. There is a very good museum shop with many interesting items for purchase.

Thank Mark G
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no. them useum is but the house, built in the 19th century is not
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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
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