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The Mark Twain House & Museum

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Address: 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105
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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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Amazing home and writer

Our family toured the Twain's/Clemmons home today. Our guide was engaging, knowledgeable and funny and we learned so much. The tour price us 20 dollars for adults, 11 for... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our family toured the Twain's/Clemmons home today. Our guide was engaging, knowledgeable and funny and we learned so much. The tour price us 20 dollars for adults, 11 for teens. We loved every minute and it's worth every penny.

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was able to go on the Clue tour at the house, it was alot of fun the actors were great, I would highly recommend going with or without the family.

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MarkTwainHouse, Marketing and Public Relations Associate at The Mark Twain House & Museum, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed the Clue tour! It's great fun for us to collaborate with Sea Tea Improv and bring the house to life in such a fun and unique way. It makes a great night out for first dates, old friends or families. Thanks so much for visiting and for your review! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Mark Twain House did some haunted tours during the month of October. It was so much fun! Love it every time I go there! Always find something new and each tour guide brings something new to it. Love this house. They did an incredible job with the restoration. I truly hope they keep this as a piece of history.

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MarkTwainHouse, Marketing and Public Relations Associate at The Mark Twain House & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you! We love giving these special nighttime tours of the Mark Twain House & we're glad you enjoyed your visits here! We strive to maintain the home and legacy of Sam Clemens and are always happy to hear from visitors who appreciate the time and effort it takes to preserve this amazing piece of history. Thanks again for your... More 

Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We've read his works and loved them. Now see where Tain lived and wrote them. Both his mansion and a a new museum which matches all others for famed American writers. Great for both adults and children who've read his works.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful look into the family and professional; life of Samuel Clemens! The docents are knowledgeable and very good at describing life here. Don't miss the Book Shop on your way out.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very tardy review but it is never too late to encourage any person who can visit this very important historic site to do so because it will only increase in importance as time goes on. Mark Twain's extremely beneficial contributions can be further appreciated in this beautiful home and museum. I recommend spending an entire day here... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really disappointed I couldn't take pictures inside the house. Tour was rushed with information that isn't really relevant and not enough freedom to explore and look at things.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautifully restored home, with wonderful guides who know so much about the history of one of the USA's most beloved authors. Souvenirs of his travels are visible in every room where Samuel Clemens and his family lived for many years.

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem. The tour of the Mark Twain house contains so much information about the Clemens' family- it really helps one to understand how Samuel Clemens evolved into a writer, especially considering his minimal schooling! The house is extensively refurbished to reflect the time period. Pay very close attention to the wallpaper- especially in the guest bedroom... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you go, please pay the extra $5 and do the living history tour. Your tour is done by a guide in period custom, showing you the home and giving you the inside scope of what it was like living in that period. Unfortunately, you cannot take any photos, but this is to preserve all of the priceless historical furniture... More 

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