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The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
+1 860-247-0998
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Back in Time

We were visiting cousins in Portland, Ct, and on their recommendation visited Mark Twain's house... read more

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Bellefontaine, Ohio
Learned even more about this great man

The artifacts, museum and house was a solid trifecta to gain more insight about this legend. Only... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
+1 860-247-0998
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Reviewed yesterday

We were visiting cousins in Portland, Ct, and on their recommendation visited Mark Twain's house. The museum was really interesting reflecting his beginnings and what he did during his life time. Also the heart aches he and his family went through and how he turned...More

Thank Edson43311
Reviewed 2 days ago

The artifacts, museum and house was a solid trifecta to gain more insight about this legend. Only read one or two of his books but loved his humor and got more insight into his life and family matters. The house was huge and learned how...More

Thank Keith T
Reviewed 2 days ago

The 1 hour long guided home tour provides an in-depth look into the life of one of America's most acclaimed authors. Guides are well-informed and entertaining. The museum is free, the guided tours is fee based. The tour requires climbing and descending stairs. Not so...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 2 days ago

$20 was a little steep, but ultimately it was a good tour. I recommend the stop if you are passing through Hartford. Be certain to view the short film prior to taking the tour. It gives a good overview. The tour was a stop over...More

Thank Victor T
Reviewed 3 days ago

The house left such an impression on me in high school that I brought my wife with me on our New England trip. The museum has certainly grown up since I last visited it. It was much larger than i had remembered and was fascinated...More

Thank Ryan J
Reviewed 3 days ago

Thought Ben did excellent job of describing house and Clemons life there. Just found actual house too dim. Be aware there are a couple of flights to climb. Enjoyed the Ken Burns video and items in the museum but can't say recommend spending the money.

Thank scampi745
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanted to show my out of state relatives a good time so decided to visit The Mark Twain House recommended by a friend. We watched the 20 minute video before our tour (very informative) and enjoyed a little of the museum (timeline of his life)...More

Thank Mary W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The house is beautiful as is the grounds around the house. The tour guide was well informed. The only negative is that nothing has inside the house was original to the house. I shouldn't say nothing, 3 or 4 pieces of furniture belonged to Mark...More

Thank Sooner918261
MarkTwainHouse, Marketing & PR Associate at The Mark Twain House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your visit and review. We're glad that you enjoyed your tour. Somehow, you were given the wrong impression regarding family belongings. While not all of the furnishings are Clemens family belongings, a large percentage are, including the Drawing Room furniture, the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Mark Twain House and Museum is close to downtown Hartford and very accessible from nearby highways. It was a day trip from Boston for a friend, my husband and me. We were vacationing from California. Mark Twain built the house and lived there for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the tour of the house first. Our tour guide was very informative! As we walked through the museum and exhibits we commented on how impressed we were with what we saw. It took us about 2 hours to walk through the house and...More

Thank Marion V
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How long should I plan to go through the house and museum?
April 9, 2017|
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Response from Jena G | Reviewed this property |
The house tour is about 45 minutes, but there is a museum and a bookstore that you can visit at your leisure. I spent good three hours there (but I am someone who just loves to linger at historical sites) and even then I... More
Is there a park or garden around or closeby the House, accessible to visitors? We'll be driving a long way to get there, kids will need to run a little before we start this amazing visit. Thank you!!
March 24, 2017|
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Response from charlessd2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The grounds: not so much, but there is a track and soccer field with a park next to the parking lot.
Anne M
Best lunch nearby ?
October 19, 2016|
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Response from Kathy D | Reviewed this property |
We didn't eat nearby. Sorry, not familiar with the area restaurants.