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The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
+1 860-247-0998
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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

If you care about Mark Twain, then this is the place for you. Our one-hour guided tour was conducted by a serious and dedicated Twain scholar. The house is beautiful, unusual, and unique. It is decorated in a very Bohemian style. Though large and beautiful, the house is not overwhelming when you consider that Mark Twain, at this period of... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I've been to his hometown, Hannibal and bumped into him metaphorically quite a bit this year, but this is the house where he was the most happy and I think it shows. It's a lovely home and the tour gives you insights you would miss otherwise. Well worth a visit.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Very interesting tour--lots of fascinating facts about the family and the house is fascinating. It is very dark, especially when compared with the Stowe house next door but that is part of what makes it unique and worth touring. If you're in Hartford, this is a worthwhile trip.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is the home of Mark Twain, one of America's most beloved authors, and the home the Clemens family built and lived in for less than 20 years.. They eventually left when Twain went broke due to poor investments and had to go on a world speaking tour to pay off debts. When their oldest daughter dies there, they never... More

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A beautiful home, worth seeing, The one big draw back is that it is so dark inside the home. We went on a sunny day and it was still difficult to appreciate the beauty of the home-too darn dark. It's another over-protective museum that does not allow photography inside the home and of course, they cant turn on lights inside... More

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

Thanks for your visit and for your review. Visitor feedback is very important to us and we appreciate hearing about your experience. Many visitors comment that they feel taken back in time during their house tour, and this is exactly our intent. It is for that reason that the lights are kept dimmed to the intensity of 19th century gaslight.... More

Wakefield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We did a day trip to the Mark Twain House and it was well worth it! The house is amazing. Lovingly restored in every detail. The lighting is dim, but this replicates the gas lighting that was in the house. The little cafe in the visitor's center was very good and saved us from driving around to find a place... More

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

Thank you for visiting and for the nice review. We think the house is pretty amazing too. Yes, we do keep the lights dim and hope visitors can appreciate that we try to stay as authentic to the 19th century gaslight as possible. The stairs are also a good thing to be aware of. They pose an issue for some... More

Elgin, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We went on a Groupon and loved every minute of it. Twain's life is so interesting and his home delightful. All 11K square feet of it. The grounds are somewhat sequestered and bordered by diverse Hartford, but once you step onto the porch, the noise ceases and you're thrown back to the 19th century. Worth the price of admission and... More

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

We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you felt taken back to another era. Our guides do a great job of blending stories about Mark Twain & his family with historic facts and details about the unique architecture. Also glad to hear that you were able to make use of the Groupon offer. Thanks for... More

St. Louis Park. MN
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We were lucky enough to get our very own tour of the Clemens House this week, and we were not disappointed. The home is beautiful inside and out, and the family's as well as the staff's quarters most interesting to see. The highlight for me, as a writer and long-time admirer of Twain's works, was to stand in his billiard... More

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

What a great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience so much. It's hard not to be inspired by the billiard room where Mark Twain penned his major works, and many writers, teachers and literature fans really do consider it a pilgrimage. Also happy to hear that you appreciated the City of Hartford. There is much to see... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Love looking at the architecture and the craftsmanship. Enjoyed the stories about the people and the property. Now there is a museum with information about other aspects of life here such as the roles of the servants, and a movie about Samuel Clements. Well worth the money. We did buy a combo ticket to the Twain house and Harriet Beecher... More

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

Thank you for coming back!!! Glad you got to see the exhibit on the lives of the Clemens family servants; it just closed to make way for our upcoming exhibit on Spiritualism. The Ken Burns film is a permanent fixture in our Museum Center and is a perfect way to start a visit here. Hope we'll see you here again... More

Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was the highlight of my visit to Hartford. A must for those in the area. They too have wonderful evenings with visiting authors. Put this on your to do list!

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

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for mentioning our author talks...we try to offer something for everyone and they are a great opportunity for Hartford locals to enjoy an intelligent evening out. Full calendar listed on our website. Thanks again! More

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