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“Sam Clemens and family home”

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, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Stephentown, New York
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Sam Clemens and family home”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Took a late day tour. Viewed residence. Heavy Victorian but the info on Twain's life was well done by our guide. Ken Burns film, small gallery and gift shop on site.

Visited March 2013
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Amherst, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“House Tour yes, Servants Tour no”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Upon entering the cavernous and sterile Visitor Center from the ample parking lot, we purchased the House and Servants Tour package for $20.00 per person. Due to the early hour, we were the only ones on the house tour led by Martha. The house is accessed by a circuitous route taken throughout the entire Visitor Center and along an outdoor walkway leading up to the front porch of the grand estate. The house is a beautiful representative of the Victorian period. Once inside the foyer, the dark walnut woodworkand geometric patterns on the walls were beautifully striking. Martha was very knowledgeable and informative with her commentary about the Twain family and their prominance in Hartford as she guided us through the three floors of the residence. Each room had its own unique personality and spoke of the opulance during that era. Although some of the furnishings are not original pieces, this did not detract from the experience. The tour is one hour in length with tours occurring similtaneously on different floors and rooms. At the end of the house tour, we were led all the way back through the Visitor Center where we were met by a historian to take us on the Servants Tour. We were led once again via the same path to the side entrance of the house that led us into the kitchen. The entire 25 minute Servants Tour consists of the kitchen and its very small adjoining chambers. It is during the historian's 25 minute diatribe that we learned that the Servants Tour only consisted of these areas. The information on this tour could have been included in the House Tour without having to pay the additional fee. Overall, I was very disappointed in the so-called Servants Tour but would definitely recommend the House Tour to anyone interested in Victorian architecture and/or Mark Twain.

Visited March 2013
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Hartford, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great victorian house and musuem”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

this is a wonderful place to visit -the people who run the tours are fabulous
you can just picture Mark Twain and his family living in here

Visited March 2013
Thank Irish451006
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Manchester, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
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6 attraction reviews
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“Mark Twain House review”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

We usually bring out of state guests to the Mark Twain House, or at least highly recommend it for anyone with most of a day to take a tour. Most people are quite surprised and pleased to experience this wonderful museum.

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Albany, New York, United States
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190 reviews
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“Great restored home! Worth a trip!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

My wife and I visited the house and had a great time. The tour guide was very informative and knew a great deal about Mark Twain. The house itself is incredible and amazingly restored down to very small details. This is really a national and so glad to see it was restored and open to the public. Also, if you are in the military ask for a discount, it is not posted.

Visited February 2013
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