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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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Elgin, IL
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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St. Louis Park. MN
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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97 reviews 97 reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I think the place is great. Went numerous times as a kid. It was day off from school. But can now appreciate the value of such a remarkable place. It truly takes you back in time.

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

We love hearing from people who remember coming here as a kid! Thanks for coming back to visit and for reviewing us. Come back again so we can earn a few more stars on your next review! More

new england
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

could have been more enjoyable but the house was rather dark. hard to see into the nooks and crannies. tour guide seemed disinterested. would not go a second time.

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

Thanks for your visit and your review. The house is kept dim to simulate the intensity of the gas lighting used in the late 1800s. We appreciate hearing from guests as to whether they prefer that we keep it as close to authentic as possible or whether they would rather see the house more brightly illuminated. I will share your... More

Avon, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I've visited this amazing historic home at least 6 times and always find it enjoyable and fascinating. Always fun to visit during Christmas holidays to see the home in full holiday decor! There are also interesting programs offered at the Mark Twain center.

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

Thanks, Karen!!! The support of the Greater Hartford community means so much to us! We were recently named one of the Ten Best Historic Homes in the World by National Geographic, and we hope that this designation will inspire more local residents to come visit, become members, and take some pride in having such an important historic landmark right here... More

New Hartford, CT
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a real gem for Hartford. The tour is very entertaining and informative. REally seems to bring Mark Twain "alive". Good for all ages, although very small may not appreciate.

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

Thank you for your visit & your review. Since you're a local, I invite you to check the Events page of our website. Lots of great programs and events coming up for all who consider the house a gem. Thanks again & hope to see you soon! More

Rogers
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went to the Mark Twain House in June and were so glad we made the effort. The guide was very knowledgeable and informative. The house is beautiful and there are many of the original furnishings. I felt that I became better acquainted with an old friend. I would like to go back and spend more time on the grounds.

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

Thank you, Donna! We hope you will come back. Along with a calendar packed with author events, writing programs and specialty tours, we have a new gallery exhibit coming in October and the house will be decorated for the holidays from late November through early January. There always something new happening here! Thanks again for your visit and your review. More

Rochester, New York
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A Hartford must-see, whether you're a fan of the author's work or of architecture...or both! A beautiful house with very informative tour guides to lead you.

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

Thank you! There really is something for everyone here, from bookworms and history buffs to anyone who just loves a great American story. So glad you appreciated both the house and our wonderful guides who bring it to life. Hope we'll see you again sometime! More

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