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“My personal hero”

The Mark Twain House & Museum
Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Northern CA
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38 reviews
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“My personal hero”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

The guide was excellent. Even made an effort to research a question I asked him during the tour. I was amazed by the architecture of a nineteenth century house. Frank Loyd Wright would have shuddered at how closed and dark it was.

Visited September 2012
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Ellettsville, Indiana
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“Hartford gem”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Loved going to the home of Mark Twain. Small groups are taken on a guided tour every 45 minutes or so. Movie shown in the visitor center is a good prevue for those who hadn't read his works, or need a refresher. The guide was knowledgable and answered any questions we had. Having just read the Mark Twain autobiography made this even more enjoyable for me. It was interesting seeing some of the things that Twain had written about and seeing some of his actual furnishings. At $16, the fee seemed a bit high, but they did offer a discount to seniors and children.

Visited September 2012
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Canton, Connecticut
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“Interesting place”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We usually take our guests to the Mark Twain house and it is always an enjoyable tour. It is quite an interesting house and captures the eccentric character of Mark Twain

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Norton Shores, Michigan
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“Be Sure to See This!”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

This was amazing! We had the best tour guide walk us through this wonderful walk back in time with some much interesting background information on Samuel Clemens and his life and time spent in this house. The museum had an excellent "before the tour" set up of his life and times to go through before you went outside to tour the house and grounds. Out of everything we did in the whole New England tour, this was my very favorite!

Visited September 2012
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Bolton, CT
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“Great historical location”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Worth a visit for a piece of Americana. Very interesting history about Twain and Hartford. The museum is very modern and chock full of interesting Twain factoids.

Visited June 2012
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