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The Mark Twain House & Museum

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Address: 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105
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+1 860-247-0998
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09:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in...

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.

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Beautiful facility

Attended a community event. The facility was beautiful. Great for the family to see. Great for events.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Windsor, Connecticut
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Windsor, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Attended a community event. The facility was beautiful. Great for the family to see. Great for events.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I really like the tour, which is very informative, educational and enjoyable. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and is willing to answer the tourists' questions. I would recommend this tour to my family and friends.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Summer 2016 we attended a wedding at The Mark Twain House & Museum. The facility did an excellent job with coordination with the guest arrival, table set and bars. We were allowed to tour part of the museum during the cocktail hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A true gem in Hartford ! Do not miss this wonderful site while you are in Hartford. I cannot believe how lucky we are to have this right in Hartford Wonderful architecture and history. Friendly and helpful staff and wonderful family gift shop

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was definitely surprised to learn the history of Mark Twain House in Hartford, Ct.. I knew of the Mark Twain House in Western N.Y. from visiting my daughter at SUNY Geneseo. This is a amazing house with an amazing history, not just in regards to Mark Twain, to the City of Hartford and the incredible people who have lived... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended Music event there and toured at the same time. Very interesting to see how a favorite author from my childhood lived. The tour guide was personable and informed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mark Twain led an interesting and full life which was brought to us through an informative guide ..... As a former English Teacher I was surprised at the additional info I learned about this famous author and abolitionist. Highly recommend this site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mark Twain House was the residence of Samuel Clemens for 17 years. It is a grand house with many interesting architectural features added by Clemens. The most interesting aspect of the tour, though, was learning about the Clemens family, how they lived, and the health issues that had a major impact on them personally and on their lives. It... More 

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MarkTwainHouse, Tourism Outreach Coordinator at The Mark Twain House & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and review! We appreciate hearing your thoughts on your experience and are glad your found it interesting and worthwhile. We agree, this house is a gem! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Online tickets sell fast but don't worry, you can get a ticket when you get there. Tours happen almost every 15-30 minutes and are highly recommended. The gallery itself is small but very informative. You learn about Twain's private life during the tour but get an insight of his political views, for example, in the gallery. So do have a... More 

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MarkTwainHouse, Tourism Outreach Coordinator at The Mark Twain House & Museum, responded to this review

Great information! Yes, be prepared to spend about 2+ hours here to be able to take the tour, see both galleries and watch the film. Thanks for mentioning the photography policy. We have many great photo ops around the property, but there is no photography permitted inside the house. There is a full Virtual Tour of the the house located... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Given the reviews I expected something really special and I didn't find it to be. The house is nice and they do have a number of artifacts which actually belonged to Twain and his family - this is unusual for most historic homes. They've definitely thoroughly researched the Clemens family and that's apparent and appreciated. I once worked in a... More 

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MarkTwainHouse, Tourism Outreach Coordinator at The Mark Twain House & Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback! If there is anything specific you think we could do to improve the experience, we would love to hear your ideas. We truly appreciate your visit and your review. Thanks again! More 

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