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“Fascinating Experience!”

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, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Hartford, Connecticut
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22 reviews
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“Fascinating Experience!”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Whether you are an avid MArk Twain fan or just remember hearing something about him in school the visit to the Twain House is amazing! So much to learn and to see. It is a beutiful home! If you are in the Hartford area or looking for a great day trip a visit to the Twain House is in order. Then visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House next door- two great authors in one neighborhood!

Visited April 2013
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“Good guide makes the tour”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Did the walking tour with Diane and a moderately large group (~20), she kept us together, informed, smiling, and learning at the same time. The interior is darker than I expected, and full of interesting little things to see; wish we could have lingered a bit longer to look. Be advised there are lots of stairs.

Visited July 2013
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“Quality of visit varies by tour guide”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

I've been to the Mark Twain house several times and each tour felt different. My first tour was the best when we had a tour guide who was studying Mark Twain as a graduate student. He was able not only to mention the basic details of Twain's life, and point out the unique features of the architecture and furniture, but also intertwined bits of Twain's literature and philosophy on life.

Be sure to buy tickets as soon as you get there. Tours only leave at certain times, so you may need to roam around the gift shop, sit in the restaurant or visit the gallery while you wait for your tour time.

Visited October 2012
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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 attraction reviews
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“Don't miss”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This house is great whether you are a literature buff or just like unusual houses. I've seen it many times and learn something new each time.

Visited August 2012
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“Interesting exhibits and beautiful house”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The house is beautiful. If you are a fan of literature or Victorian era architecture the house is a must see. Our tour guide was a little boring...she basically reguratated the video and wasn't really able to answer the questions that were asked. All in all though it was and interesting exhibit

Visited July 2013
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