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“Two for the price of one”

The Mark Twain House & Museum
Ranked #2 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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 30, 2013

An excellent tour is now available for both this house and the house of Harriet Beecher Stowe directly adjacent to the Twain residence. Twain and Calvin Stowe were good friends; although miles apart on questions of theology, they were part of a crowd of activists who characterized their generation.

Thank Janet S
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Enjoyed the tour of this great American writer. The house was a gem and his life history very interesting.

Thank denise l
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

On most house tours, I wind up becoming a "shadow" of the tour guide because most of them speak at normal volume even in the presence of a dozen or more visitors. But for this visit to the Mark Twain House, the former businessman who has been providing tours of the home for the past 15 years was an expert at voice projection and enunciation without benefit of any electronic amplification. I was able to hear every word perfectly and thanks to his vast knowledge of the property and its famous occupants, I came away thoroughly satisfied with the experience. I'll leave it to others to delve into the details of the tour. Suffice to say, it was one of the best thanks to the expert tour guide. Also: don't miss the indoor/outdoor cafe on the property with its excellent luncheon sandwiches.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We took both the optional $4 servants' wing tour and the $16 main house tour. We were lucky to have had very small groups (only my wife and me for the servants' wing tour) so we could get good close-up looks at the interior finishes and furnishings. Most of the furnishings are those originally in the house and were mostly donated to the museum by friends or descendants of friends of Twain. Guides were very knowledgeable. They also offer a tour of the Harriet Beecher Stowe house next door.

1  Thank NCtarheelNW
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

I absolutely LOVED this attraction. Upon arriving, you enter the museum area while waiting for your tour guide. The tour takes you past the Carriage House into Twain's home on an amazing visit where the great author lived, wrote, dined, and entertained. Our guide was amazing - an extra special kudos to her for calling Twain "Sam Clemens" (he real name) all through the tour. The house was beautiful and I learned so much about Sam's life and family. My only disappointment was that even though not all of the belongings actually belonged to the family, you were not permitted to take pictures (even without a flash). Our guide did take our picture on the porch in front of the door, but the house was so beautiful and detailed it's hard to explain. Even if you are not a reader of Twain's, you'll love this for the historical significance alone. GO! You'll be glad you did.

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