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“Fabulous!”

The Mark Twain House & Museum
Ranked #3 of 50 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Even on a very rainy day this was a great venture to take! Beautiful home with an excellent guided tour. Beautiful grounds to stroll around. Hartford is fortunate to have this venue!

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a beautifully restored home. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the architecture and the author making it all in all a pleasant and informative visit.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Visiting Mark Twain's home in Hartford is like going back in time. The house is in beautiful Gothic style, and some of the furnishings inside are those of Mr. Twain's. The objects that are not the Twains are Victorian antiques such as would have been around during Mr. Twain's time. The wall coverings are faithful reproductions of the actual wallpapers that the Twains had. The house is also interesting because it has wall stencils and a glass frame to a fireplace that were done by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and it is the house in which Mr. Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The parking is free, but in order to see the house you must go on a tour (and buy a ticket). It is well worth the admission price; the tour guide was excellent. But, only the first floor of the house is wheelchair accessible. If one does decide to take the Twain house tour, I strongly recommend buying the "combination ticket" (if available, as it was when I went on a weekend), which gets you on a tour of Harriet Beecher Stowe's house, which is next to the Twain residence. The Twain museum (which is by the Twain house) has a brief, very interesting documentary of Mr. Twain.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

My husband and I were in Hartford for a day, and decided we needed to see the Mark Twain house. It did not disappoint! It was really interesting to see how one of the most iconic authors in American history lived. The outside is lovely. We would recommend this tour if you are in the Hartford area. If nothing else it is a brilliant peek into the American past.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

It is fascinating to see how Mark Twain (Samuel Clements) and his family lived in the late 1800s. The restoration is excellent and the docents are well informed.

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