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“Do yourself a favor and watch the PBS Ken Burn's Documentary”

The Mark Twain House & Museum
Ranked #1 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, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 9, 2013

The Ken Burns documentary (PBS) was mentioned several times while on the tour of this property from our tourguide, Al. Al was a very knowledgeable tourguide, but he really kept the tour on too brisk a pace to really enjoy the place as it should be. I believe it would be helpful to rent the documentary by Ken Burns from your public Library before visiting, so you'd know a little bit in advance about this place before being rushed through.

The house itself, is one of the best mansions I have had the pleasure to visit. The interior spaces decorated by the Tiffany Studios are very beautiful. It really is a shame that you can't take any interior photos on this tour.

The gift shop prices are high (as to be expected).

Don't miss the museum gallery articles and the short film in the theater.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This was a fun place to see, though being in his house did not reveal anything more about Twain than I could read in a short bio, as is the case with many writer's houses. The tour guide was excellent. He moved here when he was already fairly well-known, so there's not much physical evidence of his formation as a writer.

Thank wawawayne
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The Mark Twain house is a beautiful example of early Victorian architecture and decor... the guide called it "decorative? gothic," I think. But it is also very interesting to learn about the life and career of Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain. The tour was thorough and informative. My only complaint would be that in 2013 it is pretty normal to make notes on a smart phone, and I was reprimanded for trying to use mine; also I find it understandable yet annoying that one is not allowed to take pictures anywhere inside. I wish I had had time to visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe home next door, but will have to save that for another visit.

3  Thank KdeBz
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Incredible tour, really enjoyed it. Would like to visit again soon. I think they are part of a Taulk Tour that I am looking forward to going on soon.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

I always enjoy a visit to the Mark Twain house whether I am alone or with friends. It's a moment to reflect on what life must have been like and to visualize Samuel Clemens and his wife, Libby, and their family who lived in this 25 room mansion for 17 years. Enjoy the guided tour and be sure you don't missed the huge walnut bed with the carved angels on the headboard and the Mississippi River Boat influence on the front balcony..

Thank Wayne K
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