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Mark Twain House

351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
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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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Fort Lauderdale, FL
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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Miami, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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

Top Contributor
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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Hershey, PA
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19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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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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Avon, Connecticut
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We had family visiting from out of town, what would be an amazing thing to do? Bring them to the Mark Twain house. We all were pleasantly surprised by the amount of fun we had and how much we learned on our afternoon trip. Our visit was a lovely was to spend the day. I would absolutely suggest it to... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is a small historical site which will not take more than 2 hours to visit (including the museum and film in the separate modern building). It is well worth the visit from a historical perspective and to see also a quirky but beautiful victorian house. It is also right next to the Beecher Stowe house and you can buy... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you like historical homes & tours, I'd highly recommend the Mark Twain house & Harriet Beecher Stowe House. Our guide was excellent and knew everything there was to know about the Mark Twain house. The house is pretty fascinating and so is the history surrounding it.

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