The Mark Twain House & Museum

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The Mark Twain House & Museum

The Mark Twain House & Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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TravelingMerm
Monrovia, CA2,385 contributions
Business
I thoroughly enjoyed the house tour! And walking the grounds! I highly recommend you make reservations for tour tickets as far in advance as possible - there were so many people trying to get in on a tour and the entire day was already sold out days prior! I bought my tickets about 7-10 days in advance and there was plenty of availability.

While waiting for your tour to start, there’s a museum and a little video. There’s also Twain quotes etched all over the walls and a great gift shop with some really cool items in it! Great way to kill time and didn’t even feel like I was waiting lol! You can take pics there and also anywhere outside, but not inside the actual house.

Our tour group was small to allow for social distancing - only 3 separate families. Our tour guide (Bryan I think?) was so knowledgeable and welcoming! He was a fount if historical information about all aspects of the lives of the Twain family, not just related to this particular house. And he was so happy to answer any questions! It was great! It’s a magnificent house, full of fascinating little intricacies and lovely historical stories! And also a great visit for any fans of Victorian life and style. There are quite a bit of stairs to climb throughout the tour so be aware.

There’s plenty of parking in the museum lot but it’s a little challenging to find, or maybe my gps was just being stupid lol. The surrounding neighborhood is sadly in very sketchy and poor condition so I don’t recommend any street parking or walking around outside of the museum complex. And the museum had plenty of bathroom access.
Written October 19, 2020
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Patty D
Saint Augustine Beach, FL221 contributions
My adult daughter and niece and I visited the Mark Twain House on a bright sunny fall day in October 2021. The house was beautiful, inside and out. The group we were with was manageably small and our tour guide was excellent. Everyone asked questions; all were answered easily and completely. We spent far more time than anticipated walking around the grounds and taking photos, and truly appreciated the comprehensive museum. Especially liked the Lego life-size figure of Mark himself! Although we thought we knew a lot about him, we learned so much more about this amazing man and his family and their lives. So glad we went.
Written February 3, 2022
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jillianjh
Jonesboro, AR507 contributions
The tour of Mark Twain's house was absolutely fantastic! Our guide provided us with so much context about his family, including when he decided to marry, information about his children, the staff at the house, as well as why the family had to leave the home for a number of years. The home is beautiful (please note, we were not allowed to take photos on the inside). I do recommend that you purchase a tour time before your visit. We bought our tickets several months in advance, and while waiting to go on the tour, we watched a number of people walk in to buy tickets to no avail.
Written May 22, 2022
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,308 contributions
Mark Twain lived at this house when he wrote some of his most famous works. A thorough tour explains the history of the house and Twain's time there, including the billiards room he used as an office and the desk there, and a lot of information about the personal and financial tragedies that ultimately led to Twain leaving the house. The Museum aspect of the site includes a film, a one-room exhibit hall with a chronology of Twain's life and personal artifacts, and a special exhibit art gallery.

Two star deduction for the COVID-craziness that includes mandatory masks in all indoor locations, social distancing signs everywhere, and tour guides with buttons touting their vaccination status long after it has become clear these restrictions are no longer needed and are ineffective. Let people make their own choices and allow them to enjoy the site rather than continuing these unnecessary requirements.
Written June 12, 2022
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Mark M
Pittsburgh40 contributions
We took the guided tour. The house itself was beautiful and interesting. However, our guide was not good at all. Perhaps he was new, but I don't know that. As we went from room to room he would lead us into the room and then start talking as soon as he got in there so that those who came into the room last missed the beginning of what he said. He seemed to have memorized the script, but if he forgot the next word or line he either just mumbled or stopped in mid sentence to get to the next part that he remembered. He struggled to answer the few questions that he was given, and left out information that would have been worth knowing. During the tour I thought to myself, "This is the worst tour I have ever been on." As we left the house to head back to the Visitor's Center, my wife looked at me and said, "I think that is the worst tour I have ever been on." So we are in agreement about that. The movie about Mark Twain was good, but we have Ken Burns to thank for that. I believe that if our guide had been better prepared the tour would have been worth the money. He is apparently not the only guide there, so I guess it all depends on who happens to be guiding your particular tour.
Written December 3, 2021
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bitt
Miami Shores, FL49 contributions
Business
Our tour guide for the Mansion tour was Stephanie who was a font of information and very enthusiastic. You could tell that she really enjoyed giving tours, making the experience wonderful for everyone. There was not a question that she was unable to answer. Ironically, Stephanie was also the person at the front desk of the Gallery who sold us our tickets. When we arrived at about 12:30 (we were a party of 3), all tours for the remainder of the day were almost sold out and none had enough slots left to accommodate 3 persons. Indeed, a tour was starting shortly after we arrived with only 4 people on it and we were told that even though 7 people (who had reservations) failed to show up, their computer system would not allow us to buy tickets. Thus, we resigned ourselves to merely seeing the movie and the small gallery. While we were watching the movie, Stephanie came into the theatre to tell us that she had a cancellation and we could buy tickets to tour the Mansion after all (which made us all very happy since we traveled all the way from Florida to see it and would have been greatly disappointed if we had not). However, Stephanie had to call the Manager to override the computer because, despite the cancellation, the computer would not recognize it and allow tickets to be sold. So the lesson to be learned is that, if you want to tour this Mansion, you should call ahead to make a reservation! We got lucky that Stephanie was there to intervene for us. Thank you Stephanie!!!
Written December 29, 2021
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luvtravel88
Louisville, KY540 contributions
Our visit was lovely. The only way to visit the house is with a guided tour. The tours are 45 minutes to an hour. We had a new guide that hadn't quite figured out the timing of the tour as each guide makes their own tour and our tour was about an hour and a half. It was much longer than planned, but she was so interesting! She was a history major and you could tell how much she enjoyed her topic. She gave us so much information about Mark Twain and the family. I really enjoy hearing "backstory" information and interesting tidbits and she had a lot of them.
There is a nice 25 minute video and a couple of interesting museum displays as well as a small gift shop.
Written May 13, 2022
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hsg52
Nashua, NH113 contributions
Couples
My husband and I have been taking local day trips most weekends since our bigger travel plans have all been put on hold in this Covid world.

We’ve tried different cities around New England and hadn’t yet done something in CT. We are both history buffs and avid readers so this made a lot of sense.

The Mark Twain house recently reopened to limited tours and we managed to get two spots the day before we wanted to go.

The tour was awesome! The guide was perky and energetic, the house is quirky and fun, we learned a lot about Samuel Clemens, his life and family and the Mark Twain film by Ken Burns was great!

And honestly, I loved the fact that our tour was limited to six people. It made it much more personal.
Written April 30, 2021
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paul2k147
Amityville, NY6 contributions
We traveled as a group - 19 people in 11 Mazda MX-5 Miatas showed up at the Mark Twain House & Museum on a Wednesday afternoon. The staff were very professional, very knowledgeable, and gave a REALLY good tour of the house. The house itself is incredible, and being able to walk through to see this slice of history was an incredible experience!
Written September 25, 2021
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susanwinetasting
Putnam, CT608 contributions
We visited on a weekday in September and were amazed at how busy the museum was. Reservations were required for the tour and we were able to see most of the museum before it started. Like any other museum, some will be more interested than others. Reading is necessary. The house itself is a work of art, whether your interest is Mark Twain or architecture. There is ample parking on site. The museum and first floor or the house are accessible but there are three stories in the house tour that require climbing stairs. This is a fast-paced tour and those who cannot move swiftly are left behind. I understand the need to adhere to a schedule, but I was not able to fully enjoy my time in the house.
Written December 14, 2020
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