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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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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in...

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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must see! A Hartford GEM

love this place, been there twice, go at Christmas time, it is decorated beautifully. I loved the history and the beauty of the building. This is a must see. A great History... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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East Hartford, Connecticut
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East Hartford, Connecticut
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

love this place, been there twice, go at Christmas time, it is decorated beautifully. I loved the history and the beauty of the building. This is a must see. A great History lesson and so much fun to experience!

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Hartford, Connecticut
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether you are a Twain fan or not, the Mark Twain House is an interesting and amusing place. The tour of the residence is done by Twain expert/enthusiasts who make what could be a very dry house tour lots of fun. I have toured the home a number of times and it is never the same experience twice. There are... More 

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Thank wendellb67
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed exper icing this tour the guide was very helpful and even pointed out extra things along the way.

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Bloomfield CT. USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We lived directly across the street from the Mark Twain house many ,many years ago and never had the desire to check it out. We recently took our grandchildren there and was quite impressed. The library is outstanding, of course. The house has been kept as close to the way it was as possible. There are guided tours available (check... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Fascinating look at one of USA's outstanding writers through the home he lived in for seventeen years. Guided tour held my eight and five year old grandsons transfixed.

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Thank onearleft
Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Very well preserved home. He was a complex individual and was glad I learned more about him. He was a genius!

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Thank rallysal5
Darien, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I've lived in CT for a long time, and heard of the Mark Twain House and Museum for years, but never visited until recently. Out of town guests tend to provoke such a visit, and I was very glad. The tour was brief, there is an informative movie that is optional (Ken Burns), and a well-stocked bookstore. Learning about the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The Mark Twain House is a must stop when in Hartford. The House itself is fantastic, beautifully restored and furnished. The Museum exhibits are somewhat basicl, but give an overview of Twain's life.

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avon ct
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Don't miss it--after all, there was only one Mark Twain and he loved Hartford and Hartford continues to love him. You can even visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe estate right there in the same neighborhood !! Go for it !

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Suffield, Connecticut, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I've went to the Mark Twain House years ago and loved it.It was before the new visiotrs center was built. This year I went to see the Chrisrtmas decorations. Getting to the visitors center from the parking lot requires a big set of stairs or a winding path for the handicapped. Once you are inside the center going to the... More 

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