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Mark Twain House

351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
860-247-0998
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Ranked #2 of 44 Attractions in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: Mark Twain and his family lived in this 19-room mansion on Farmington Avenue from 1874-1891.  Many rooms are lavishly decorated by Associated... more »
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Rochester, New York
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104 reviews 104 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

A Hartford must-see, whether you're a fan of the author's work or of architecture...or both! A beautiful house with very informative tour guides to lead you.

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New Bedford,MA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Our 2nd visit. We did the combo Twain & Stowe houses tour. 1 1/2 hours and very interesting & informative. All of your questions will be answered. I highly recommend this tour. Not for very young children though. We had one on our tour, and she was very antsy.

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

My second visit. Much improved since last visit. Great display of servant life on second floor. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides . A wonderful place to visit and a great man to learn more about

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Learned so much about this beloved author and his family while touring his wonderful home. I'm really glad we took this tour. The guide was terrific and obviously loved her job.

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MarkTwainHouse, Tourism Outreach Coordinator at Mark Twain House, responded to this review

Thanks you for your visit and for your kind words, especially for your guide. We're really glad you came, too! More

San Jose, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the museum and tour of the Mark Twain House. It was interesting and informative. When in Hartford, it is definitely worth a couple hours of your time.

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MarkTwainHouse, Tourism Outreach Coordinator at Mark Twain House, responded to this review

Thanks! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. More

Miami, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The guide kept informing our group that we were late and could not see the 2nd floor because "paying guest needed to see it and we were late". We were paying quest with a tour group whose leader called to say we were going to be late & changing our time for our tour. This guide had a poor attitude... More

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MarkTwainHouse, Tourism Outreach Coordinator at Mark Twain House, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear of this unfortunate experience. Scheduling of group tours happens in advance to be sure we have adequate staffing and can avoid the sort of experience you described. We always do our best to accommodate late arrivals & schedule changes, and it appears that there was an error in communication on our part that led... More

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93 reviews 93 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

From start to finish the house tour was a fact packed look into Sam's family life. Including the economics of his writing, speaking and investing (e.g., his speaking tour of Europe purpose was to payoff debts.). Of particular interest was the process he followed, involving his family, with his wife as initial editor, and acquaintances to stimulate his creative processes.... More

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MarkTwainHouse, Tourism Outreach Coordinator at Mark Twain House, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review and for making special mention of our bookstore. The store staff does an wonderful job of offering something for everyone; from numerous titles by & about Twain to our delicious Huckleberry Fizz Soda. So glad you enjoyed your experience here. Thanks again! More

Hershey, PA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Mark Twain house and museum is a must see for everyone - BUT the video is not closed captioned for the deaf - lady said they have been waiting 4 years to have captioning installed! Sorry, I don't believe her. My wife uses a wheelchair and only the 1st floor is accessible and she had to leave the tour... More

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MarkTwainHouse, Tourism Outreach Coordinator at Mark Twain House, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. We agree, the Mark Twain House & Museum is a must see and we want to be sure it can be enjoyed fully by all guests. We share the concerns you expressed and will be making upgrades which will allow for an improved experience for deaf/hearing impaired visitors and those who cannot climb stairs. This... More

Springfield, Missouri
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Being a Missouri girl and a Twain fan I was bound to make a trip to the Mark Twain House while I was in Hartford. I am certainly glad I did. It was $18 for a tour of the house and visit to the museum. The words to describe how pretty the house was could come only from Mark Twain... More

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West Suffield, CT
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I grew up in the area and never took the time to visit until this past year. Boy did I miss a lot. I went with my son's school to visit and then again as a family to one of the "Haunted Tours." The guides are very knowledgible about Samuel Clemens and all that he did to show how great... More

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