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The Mark Twain House & Museum

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Address: 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
Phone Number: +1 860-247-0998
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

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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Whether you are Mark Twain fan or not the tour and museum will be an introduction to a most interesting man and his family or a presentation of new and interesting information... read more

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South Lyon, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whether you are Mark Twain fan or not the tour and museum will be an introduction to a most interesting man and his family or a presentation of new and interesting information. Our tour guide, Grace, brought Mark Twain to life for us and as a matter of course brought the house to life. It is a story of great... More 

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I come from an area not far from Twain's birthplace in Florida, Mo. and his boyhood home in Hannibal. I have always been fascinated with his life and his writings. This tour enhanced my understanding of his life and his adventures as well as the close connection he had with his family. This home was a place of happiness for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite interesting to learn about one of the great writers in American history. Mark Twain lead an interesting life marked with family tragedy. He loved his girls and provided a life style we only dream about. The house is filled with original and like kind furniture Mark Twain owned while living there. His daughter when living helped in the restoration... More 

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House is beautiful, although about 75% of the tour cost is to pay for the fancy brick visitor center and marble steps. What they don't tell you is: You need to book a tour. They sell out way in advance so plan to stand in a slow line, buy an expensive ticket, then waste 3-4 hours waiting. But wait... The... More 

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Portland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The quote was Mark Twain's. Visiting the museum and home of Mark Twain are a wonderful way to start learning about this great American writer and personality. Our guide through the home was both personable and knowledgeable. We could have happily spent a lot more time on the house tour. The museum is excellent with many informative exhibits. We plan... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I admit I am a great admirer of Mark Twain and that may have colored my rosy view of this special place. But I was completely amazed at the incredible beauty of this historical home and landmark. But best of all is the way that the creators and managers of this wonderful iconic place have preserved this piece of history... More 

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Fun place to visit. Tour guide was well versed in the history of the house. Parking was easy, and you can access the Harriet Beecher Stowe attraction next door easily. I am able bodied, but must warn folks in wheelchairs or those that are not able to climb stairs that The Mark Twain House is not for you.

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I've been to the Mark Twain House twice. It's a great place to visit for anyone interested in architecture, US history, literature in general, or Twain specifically. It's right off I-84 in central Hartford, a great spot to stop on the way to upper New England. The House is beautifully maintained in original condition. My favorite place is Twain writing... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Mark Twain house tour was great. They really dive into the history of the house and the fact that the house is fully furnished helps you envision all the events that occurred. Worth it for a literature buff.

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Mark Twain House & Museum is a must see when in Hartford. This house is a landmark for CT and is a wonderful place to take children as there are unique learning experiences. In a recent exhibit on Twain's daughters, there were costumes children could dress in as Twain's daughters often put on plays for him.

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