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The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
+1 860-247-0998
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Ranked #1 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Sam Clemens built his home in Hartford so that he could live happily with his wife and daughters and write in a beautiful setting. Fortunately, his house has been magnificently restored on Farmington Avenue. The home is meticulously furnished as close as possible to the original, and the tour guides are well-versed and are eager to answer all questions you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

A short trip on the train from NYC and you can end up in Hartford. You can appreciate why someone like Twain lived here and how he wrote, " The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer". The tour was really informative and you really came away feeling like you knew a little more of this character, Twain. He was a real character,... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I was so happy to have the opportunity to visit Mark Twains house while visiting my cousin in Hartford this August. Such informative tour guides and fascinating stories about the life of this author. What a find!

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This house is where Mark Twain lived between 1874 and 1891 and the place where he wrote his greatest works including "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." It is a 19 room Victorian Gothic house with towering turrets and large porches. Over 50,000 items belonging to Twain and his family are displayed throughout the house. To... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Mark Twain is known around the world and the house is beautiful and notable. Although it is a bit pricey, the tour guides are knowledgeable and interesting, so it is one of the first things I show to out-of-state visitors. I had a blind visitor from South America to visit and it was a problem since there are no tours,... More

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Mark Twain's house is situated right in the middle of a main street. It was easy to find and easy to access with parking in the rear. The tour is very enjoyable and you get to visit most of his house. Not all the furniture and items in the house belonged to Mark Twain or his family, but many of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The tour of the Mark Twain house was well worth it. The guide was very knowledgeable and the house was extraordinary. Almost every part of the house was open for view including Twain's bedroom and writing desk. Make sure to stop by the museum and gift shop as it helps maintain this home.

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Jackson Heights, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This visit was so worthwhile! We visited the home that Mark Twain built and lived in with his family for 17 years. It is where he wrote his greatest books and spent his happiest years. The house tour was very informative and enjoyable. It was great to learn so much about this great American author. I highly recommend the visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

As part of the tour of this home, they show excerpts from a Ken Burns film about Mark Twain and I highly recommend taking the 20 minutes to watch that film as it really gives some perspective about what you are going to be seeing in the house. This is a guided tour and our tour guide was very good.... More

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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Stopped on my way through CT, worth a visit for anyone who is interested in Mark Twain or the love of reading. Gift shop has a large selection of Mark Twain books to choose from as well as other gifts. Great tour with a lot of information.

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

So glad you found us as you passed through Connecticut. Thanks for recommending our guided tours and for mentioning our store. It's a great addition to our offerings with a huge selection of Twain related books, as well as unique gifts and even our own soda, Huckleberry Fizz! Thanks for your visit and best wishes for happy travels! More

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