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“Mark Twain's Hometown Mansion”

The Mark Twain House & Museum
Ranked #3 of 65 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
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Poor people will be happy to know that they are invited too. Maybe it is the outdated upholstery, the drab lighting or the meticulous craftiness of putting this on display, but something about it left me feeling confused.

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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.

Thank Sewingranny
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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.

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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.

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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.

Thank Aviron
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