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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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The Loveliest House

As four academics well-versed in Mark Twain's work, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The house is authentically restored, and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We recommend... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Wareham, Massachusetts
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Wareham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As four academics well-versed in Mark Twain's work, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The house is authentically restored, and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We recommend getting reservations ahead of time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had visited many years ago and the new visitors center adds a great deal of information to the visit. Things we remembered like the phone booth in the entry was not shared on this visit and I remembered more emphasis on the things created be Tiffany in the home.more was explained about the family and how they used the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We paid extra to have the tour with the gossipy housekeeper. It was most enjoyable. The special exhibit upstairs about the daughters was superb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Easy, free parking, stairs & standing required. Loved the tour, ( had a Groupon Coupon) Plenty of background information on Mark Twain & his life. Ready to start re-reading his books.

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our "Overheard! The Secrets of the Clemens House" as told by Lizzie Wills, gossipy maid made our tour of Mark Twain's home sparkle and come alive through the voice of a feisty servant. Anecdotes shared were unique, humorous, timely and engaging. We felt an intimate connection with the Clemens family. Well worth the extra fee. Looking forward to a return... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It has actually been awhile since I have been here, but the home is interesting and the detail of the construction is amazing.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Mark Twain's residence during his most productive years. Family home where he and his wife raised their 3 daughters. Excellent tour provided by well informed staff. Each tour starts about every 15 minutes with about 12-15 people per group. Plenty of time for any questions in each room. Excellent job done by the museum staff to find original holdings of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here with my fiancé when we were first dating and loved it, so for our 5 year anniversary we decided to come back again. This is my all time favorite historic home tour and I've been on tons. The house is just so cool and interesting. The gift shop is great. And they have a museum style exhibit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the guided tour and museum. They didn't warn us that two floors of home were only accessible by stairs and we had two in party that struggled with that. The house was pretty hot too! Be hydrated before going on a hot day! Very nice area and the museum is super. Gift shop had a variety of items... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our whole family loved the tour and short Ken Burns film. The gift shop has a number of creative items.

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