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“History in my backyard”

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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Torrington, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“History in my backyard”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

First time to this house and I was glad I finally made it. When you go they have tours of about 10 people they take through the house every half hour or so depending on the day. While you wait there is a little museum of sorts to look at that has some fun facts, history.. The house seemed very dark but I so enjoyed the tour. We didn't opt for the servants tour an extra cost, butI am definitly going back and doing that again this time I want to see it all.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“What a guy!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Mark Twain House is a fabulous place to visit; the house is beautiful, the docents informative, and the person they're all about (Mark Twain) was one of the funniest, wisest writers to come onto the American scene. Harriet Beecher Stowe's house is right next door, so that's an extra added bonus.

Visited October 2012
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Los Angeles
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6 attraction reviews
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“True and Sad Story of Samuel Clemens”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Great and interest lifestyle of the past. Never knew he was such a poor, lucky, poor and sad man. Guess much hasn't changed. He grew up poor, married rich, squander wife's inheritance in building such a luxurious house and then lose it, and later losing his children. So sad.
Listen to your tour guide, its a great insight in to a man who has touch and effected our nation, even to this day. Also schools should continue the reading of his books as well as Harriett Beecher Stow, Clemens neighbor.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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144 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Lots of interesting fun”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Learning about the dual life of Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain via his large rambling restored house was very entertaining and interesting. The house is full of history and beautiful and unusual items. Luke, our guide was very excellent. The grounds are nice. The 20 minute short history is informative. The new modern museum is fine with some good audio and visual displays. It's really a nice visit for 2-3 hours.

Visited October 2012
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Brampton, Canada
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“Interesting Bit of American History”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

The tour which costs $16 brings you around the house and surrounding grounds for one hour and shows a historical film about Mark Twain(one hour film). The house interiors is quite dark since the panels is made of wood.The narration of our tour guide provides details of the interiors and furnitures and the life of Samuel Clemens life.We were not shown the kitchen because it requires additional payment.

I just noticed that the guide is not so accomodating to families with young children. They are quite strict with children wandering around the house.

Visited October 2012
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