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Mark Twain House

351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
860-247-0998
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Ranked #1 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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Springfield, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We hit this because it was close by our new residence. It was a great way to spend a Saturday. The house tour is guided and our guide was very informed. The house itself is great; especially if you love giant old Victorian homes. Lots of Twain history here for the Twain enthusiast or scholar. Terrific newer welcome center, cafe... More

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south windsor, ct
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We both love Mark Twain and really enjoyed a rare private glimpse into his personal life. His home is beautifully restored, and we felt like we stepped back into history. Not only did we learn a lot about Samuel Clemens himself, but also about the age in which he lived. We even saw his study where he wrote! What an... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to the Mark Twain House. Our tour guide was excellent (though at the end of the tour he sort of walked away without giving us an indication the tour was over...). We got a great understanding of Twain's life from the guide as well as the story of his family using the house as context.... More

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Wantagh NY
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The museum exhibit on the lives of the servants was very informative and interesting. We took a guided tour of the house and grounds. Our guide was fairly knowledgeable about the life of Samuel Clemens, but she assumed that her audience had complete knowledge of Samuel Clemen's life before he moved to Elmire, NY and Hartford, CT. Because her narrative... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

not told beforehand re stair climbing (in museum and house) and elevator availability. Girl who conducted guided tour was not well trained and used a lot of slang, her leg shook constantly, complete turnoff! And I so love Mark Twain.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Well preserved a few items are original in the home but most are reproductions whixh was disappointing. Cool to see the home and the area which is ateeped in hisotical literary culture beecher house there. Docent was a 15 year old not good but she tried. Frankly for 20 dollar admission it should be someone who knows the history and... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

When I walked in and saw the price I walked out and said that I was not paying $18 for a ticket. I then thought for a bit and really had nothing to do until I could check into my hotel and no idea what else I could do so I pulled out my wallet and ponied up the money... More

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Sandwich, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We hadn't been back to Harford for a while and were so amazed at the grandeur of the new welcome center to a wonderful "old" treat. The house is spectacular on its own, but with a wonderful tour guide, the history and life of Twain came alive for us. The features of the house are fascinating and Twain's personality quite... More

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

Delighted to read your review!!! If you left inspired to read and learn, we achieved our goal. If you go to our website, there is a great list of suggested reading located under "The Man" tab. Great biographies of Twain and his contemporaries. Thanks for your visit and your kind words. More

Stratford, Connecticut, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Culture, Literature, History - this place has it all - get the package to see both the Clemens home, and the Stowe home. There are also 2 other spaces on the property - the Stowe Center and the Twain "Museum". Good permanent exhibit on Clemen's life, great gift shop and nice cafe with some basics. The Twain Home is amazing... More

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Michigan
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55 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We chose to just see the Mark Twain house. The tour took about an hour and we both enjoyed it. After the tour we watched a video that does a nice job of going over Twain's life, also there is a large display/room that gives information on Twain.

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

So glad you enjoyed your house tour and that you had time for the film and gallery; they really do enhance the experience here. Thanks for the visit & the nice review!!! More

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