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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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Terrific Tour and learning of one man in US History.

Not only great to see the amazing and beautiful house, but also learned so much about Twain and his experiences in life thru such momentous times in US history. Sad to learn of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not only great to see the amazing and beautiful house, but also learned so much about Twain and his experiences in life thru such momentous times in US history. Sad to learn of the tragic family events in his life. We spent almost three hours there with the great tour, film and exhibits. Highly recommend you visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am sooooo glad I made time for this stop. First, our guide was absolutely wonderful and full of interesting stories about Mark Twain and his family. The house is amazing. Three stories of incredible woodwork and furniture. You'll be amazed as you walk in through the front door. I highly recommend visiting this historic site if you are near... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the home that Samuel Clemens and his wife raised their three daughters in. It is stunningly appointed, and the tour guide, Al, was terrific. We learned a LOT and had a good time doing so. Good gift shop and adjacent Visitors' Center too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The red brick house contains an incredibly amount of history. Our guide was very passionate about all of Sam Clemmets family and their time in Hartford, which made the tour just that much more interesting and worthwhile. This gem is a must for anyone in the area.

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

I just recently visited the Mark Twain House with my three grandchildren..ages 12, 9 and 6. We went on the Historical tour with the gossiping maid Lizzy Wills...she was so much fun and brought the place to life with her information peppered with gossip. She even gave the kids on the tour a dance lesson in front of the big... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Go and take the guided tour of the house to learn the idiosyncrasies and habits of a great writer! It looks quaint and mysterious when the lights are dim in the night. An experiential feast if you are in Hartford area!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very unique and interesting. They have preserved Mark Teaind home beautifully! Definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We found the Mark Twain House on a Google search planning our trip to the New Haven area. The ride from New Haven was only about 45 minutes and the house was easy to find. There's so much history and such fascinating stories. We opted for the living history tour. It was a little more money than the regular tour... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The living history tours are a must. My fiancé and I have visited a few historic homes and even visited one in Portland, Maine, the day before we visited the Mark Twain House and & Museum but the living tour was the most fun we have had visiting any home. Our tour guide was Lizzy the gossipy maid. She was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went on the "living history" tour, led by an excellent interpreter who played the role of Lizzie Wills, a gossipy maid in the Clemens household. The tour was a terrific combination of great information about the family (especially Mark Twain), gossipy tidbits of history, and a really solid understanding of the house. The house on its... More 

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