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The Mark Twain House & Museum

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Address: 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
Phone Number: +1 860-247-0998
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Description: The restored home of Mark Twain, located in the Nook Farm neighborhood, is...
The restored home of Mark Twain, located in the Nook Farm neighborhood, is a testimonial to one of America's greatest authors and social commentators.
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A trip back to the past

This was fabulous. Seeing this old house, lovingly restored and full of history. The guide was great, but the real star was the house itself. Simply stunning. I would be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Milford, New Hampshire
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Milford, New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

This was fabulous. Seeing this old house, lovingly restored and full of history. The guide was great, but the real star was the house itself. Simply stunning. I would be difficult for anyone that can't do stairs very well, and the staircases were a little narrow and steep, but apart from that, I would thoroughly recommend this if you are... More 

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

Mark Twain called it "the loveliest home that ever was". Thanks so much for your visit and your thoughtful review. It sounds like you had the kind of great experience we strive to deliver to all our guests. If walls could talk, indeed... Thanks again! More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
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92 reviews 92 reviews
34 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

I'll start with the bottom line: The Mark Twain House is very disappointing. I advise you to skip it and concentrate on the adjacent Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, which is much more authentic and interesting. Like all people who read Mark Twain's writings – I was looking forward to visit his Hartford House. Unfortunately I can't share the common enthusiasm... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed by your recent visit. -Our admission price is in keeping with similar organizations in this part of the country, and includes both the tour and museum admission. -Our no photography policy helps us to protect the house and keep our tours proceeding on schedule. This is standard in most historic homes. Please... More 

Miami Beach, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Well, it takes a certain type of person to enjoy the Mark Twain House & Museum $16 worth (the price of an adult admission). Unfortunately, I'm not one of those people. I was fortunate that I had purchased a Groupon for 2 for 1 admission, but even at $8, I'm not sure I got true value. As others have mentioned,... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. We're sorry to hear that it didn't meet your expectations. Our pricing is comparable to similar organizations in the region and we try to participate in programs such as Groupon in order to offer an affordable experience to anyone interested in our house tours. If you have any suggestions for improving... More 

Burlington, Vermont
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I really enjoyed visiting the Mark Twain House & Museum if only walls could talk. It's a bummer they don't allow photography inside the mansion. Either way it's worth checking it out!

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's standard practice for historic homes to ban photography and it's done in the interest of protecting antiques and keeping tours moving on schedule. Please visit the "House" tab on our website where you will find a Virtual Tour feature that allows you to view... More 

jo913
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115 reviews 115 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We saw this and the Stowe House before, but it was well worth seeing again, it is a beautiful, very livable house,

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allentown,pa
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

You must do both this house and next door neighbor and contemporary Harriet Beecher Stowe house tours. See hers first as it's lovely and hugely interesting. Then see his. Wow! Designed by someone who built churches it is beautiful ornate over the top and interesting family history.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The Twain house is a jewel of a museum, with striking architectural details and a great look into the lifestyle of a figure of Mark Twin's stature. Our guide was very informative -- a young Trinity College student who spoke rapidly yet intelligently about the era, the house fixtures and furnishings, and its architecture. We learned a great deal about... More 

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Rainbow Lake, New York, United States
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164 reviews 164 reviews
44 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

To stand in the room and look at the writing desk where Mark Twain penned several of the greatest American novels ever written is an amazing and thrilling experience. The entire house is pure artistic and historical wonderment at its best. Our guide was helpful and related numerous details that brought live to Twain's fascinating world. Whether you're aTwain fan... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

For us it is an oft repeated visit with out of town visitors and for the changing seasonal decorations. Good on its own, this tour is greatly enriched by the tour guides. Ours have been consistently enthusiastic and surprisingly knowledgeable.

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have been to this house many times, each a revelation about a truly remarkable author. In the museum, in the tour, one cannot help but imagine being transported back over a century to watch one of the most important of American authors at work. The experience is aided by a recently constructed major visitor center and gallery. Amenities are... More 

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