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The Mark Twain House & Museum
Ranked #1 of 66 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 December 7, 2012

the errie feeling of the presents of lost souls. if your a samuel clements fan you'll love everything about this building. not just a museum; great craftsmanship, just a wonderful place to see and experience.

Thank sheckmeister
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is such a beautiful house and museum. We had the added treat of seeing it decorated for Christmas. The guide was so knowledgable and made the place come alive!

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

My wife and I drove from a conference in Providence RI to Hartford to see these dwellings. I studied Mark Twain at Berkeley, so a chance to visit one of the places he lived was not to be missed. I had no Idea that 200 feet away was his neighbor Harriet Beecher Stowe! The museum that goes with the House is incredible, a journey through time with lots of photos and commentary by Mark Twain himself. Twain was the master of the twisted one liner. His house is an amazing piece of late 19th century building, with imported pieces from his travels to Europe and beyond. Stowe's house was more modest, but you learn that this woman was not only an abolitionist and suffragette, but a painter and advocate for a healthy life-style through proper nutrition. She was a century ahead of her time. A great look at the intimate life of two people who advocated for toleration in all societies. Lots of parking, restaurants within a few blocks as well.

Thank paneb
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

I absolutely love coming here! This was my favorite field trip as a kid, and I still love it! I can't wait to go back!

Thank KatieC165
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

I have always wanted to do this tour and was not disappointed. The tour guide was well versed and the house itself a good representation of the period- meticulously refurbished, even if not everything is original ( the property was used for apartments for years-- hard to imagine!). My only (mild) criticism is the cost- while the house tour was reasonable, the add on cost for the very short kitchen tour was not-- I think both should have been included for the $16 fee. That said, the gift shop was unusually good. If you are a Twain fan, as I am, you will be interested in the many books of quotes and other items for purchase. Also, the exterior grounds are memorable. We happened to be there on a beautiful fall afternoon which enhanced the experience. Try to plan for that!

Thank ChrisMVSS
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