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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
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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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Great tour of the house and museum. Our guide was most informative and enthusiastic. Don't miss the short film about Twain - we learnt lots!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great tour of the house and museum. Our guide was most informative and enthusiastic. Don't miss the short film about Twain - we learnt lots!

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Stafford Springs, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unbelievably georgous property with very interesting and informative information about the Twain family. You will see the intricate stenciling of the walls, the magnificent library, and the kitchen and servants quarters of this magnificent estate. Well worth the trip!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were driving through the New England States and stopped in Hartford, Connecticut to visit the Mark Twain house "just because." It was a worthwhile stop. Hearing the stories, exploring the house and viewing the architecture was fascinating. It was actually fun to learn so much about Mark Twain...things I never new. The visit made me want to go back... More 

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Vestal, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Mark Twain house is an interesting and gorgeous stop in an otherwise unappealing city. The guided tour is well worth doing as the tour guide was very informative and entertaining. Be sure to take the self-guided tours through the rooms with exhibits about both Twain and his daughters.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a beautiful house which really reflected the character of our famous author. It's a beautiful house and the tour gave a lot of information about Twain, and his family.

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Windsor,CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife won a pack of tickets at a charity event, so we invited a group of friend to go with us. The tour was fantastic and the new exhibit area, parking etc were well done. So glad to be able to view this gem in Hartford after so many years.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Didn't know what to expect about visiting here, but wasn't disappointed. You start in the museum where you purchase your ticket for the tour. The departure was prompt and you are escorted to the house entrance. Was disappointed to hear there is no photography inside the home. If you like Victorian and magnificent architecture you'll love this home. The tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What an experience to join other writers who love the work of Mark Twain and is eager to gain more knowledge in the art of writing. Enjoyed some private time writing early in the morning prior to the museum opening in the library at Mark Twains house. An hour in a half of uninterrupted mind flowing creativity put down on... More 

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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice pit stop between Maine & Pa. Enjoyed the intro film, museum and grounds - not enough time for the house tour - next time! Nice shady parking for our dog.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Amazing detail paid to for interior design by L.C. Tiffany (before he was well known for his stained glass pieces)! Great wood work, loved the ceilings & staircase! That put two of my favorite people together in the same house=Twain & Tiffany!! Great tour by gentleman (didn't get his name) that brought the history and knowledge of Clemens family to... More 

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