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The Mark Twain House & Museum
Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Hartford
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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
Brisbane, Australia
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190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Must Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

What a fabulous home to visit! The museum and home are very well organised and presented. Our guide was cheerful and informative. The story of Samuel Clemens is fascinating, and seeing one of his homes helps the story come to life.

We purchased a combination tour ticket which included a tour of Mark Twain's neighbour's house. His neighbour being Harriet Beecher Stowe. That home is well-worth seeing. Her story, too, is enlightening.

Visited August 2013
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North Manchester, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Story”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

The story of how the Clemens family built this home and the various incarnations that it went through after leaving their possession is facsinating. An amazing restoration and restoration. Learning about the family and how they lived was bonus. The museum on the grounds was beautiful in and of itself and the docents were very knowledgable and friendly. Now that I know of his love of innovation - I look forward to visiting other homes that Clemens owned.
Well worth the visit if you like architecture and learning more personal details about famous people.

Visited August 2013
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Binghamton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“If you love the man...visit him here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

There is nothing bad you can say about Mark Twain. The historical affiliation, along with his passion for telling the human experience, is something everyone can gain delight from. A must see event!

Visited July 2013
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Oldbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Fascinating house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

This house is definitely a place that has to be on your list when visiting the Hartford area. The house itself has been restored magnificently and authentically and gives a fascinating look into the life of a literary giant. Our guide was full of knowledge and stories about the life of Sam Clemens and his family.

They take great care in ensuring that everything in the house looks as it would have done during his life, even down to the lighting levels. No photographs are allowed inside the house, but you can take them outside as you admire the architecture.

Well worth a visit!

Visited May 2013
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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great history and architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Loved the architecture and interior design of the house as well as the insights into Mark Twain. The tour repeated info from the museum's video rather than being coordinated. Thanks to the docents who offer the tours.

Visited August 2013
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