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The Mark Twain House & Museum
Ranked #1 of 64 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, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Glastonbury, CT
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2012

We have lived in the Hartford area for over 70 yrs & finally visited the Mark Twain House. Before the tour there is an excellent short film on Twain followed by an excellent guided tour of the Tain family mansion...guess what..it was bought with his wife's money!!! The tour was outstanding, informative and educational..a number one place to visit if in Connecticut.

Visited October 2012
Thank James H
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Savannah, Georgia
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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.

Visited December 2012
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Nesconset, New York
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
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!

Visited November 2012
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Redwood City, California
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260 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Mark Twain & Harriet Beecher Stowe Houses A slice of history”
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.

Visited May 2012
Thank paneb
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful historical site!”
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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