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The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
+1 860-247-0998
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Educational and fun experience

Start your visit here by viewing the 20 minute Ken Burns film about Mark Twain. What is really cool... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sharon M
Abingdon, Maryland
A Piece of History

The house is marvelous, just amazing. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are a wonder. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
New Jersey, USA
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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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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
+1 860-247-0998
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Start your visit here by viewing the 20 minute Ken Burns film about Mark Twain. What is really cool about this film is that Mark Twain himself is in it. We signed up for the Living History tour which was just a few dollars more...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 3 days ago

The house is marvelous, just amazing. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are a wonder. The guided tour not only provides the history of the house, but also insight as to who was Mark Twain. He was definitely a man ahead of his time.

Thank TwoT0Travel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting tour. I learned about Twain, the house and the area. Our tour guide was a teacher. I could tell she loved giving the tour and sharing her knowledge with us. I bought an inexpensive book of Mark Twain's quotes in the gift shop.

Thank Maryann S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a great educational experience and fun trip for you, a date or family to embrace history. I truly enjoy my visit each year.

Thank Tara C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love history and graduated from HPHS in 1972. It is very close to Mark Twains house, but I never went there until now. WOW, I miss seeing this great part of our history for long time. It made me think like I was but...More

1  Thank Manuel Q
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting tour, guide knew his stuff and made it fun. One of the highlights of our trip to Hartford.

Thank Chloie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting information about Mark Twain, and beautiful house to visit. Highly recommended for everyone except young children and people that are not able to use stairs.

1  Thank dianal525
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Architecture, decoration, and history don't get any better. We took a living history tour (our guide was one of Clemens' maids), and it was informative, entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable. The restoration of the house is amazing and beautiful. The visitor center has three exhibit spaces,...More

1  Thank Brad L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed our tour through the beautifully restored house. Learned a bit about Mark Twain while we toured his house. Our tour guide was very informative. There is a lovely gift shop on the grounds as well.

Thank Marianne L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been a few times and the experience is always a great one. The ghost tour is worth doing- you get to see the basement part of the house at night.

1  Thank Chelsea M
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9 April 2017|
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Response from Jena G | Reviewed this property |
The house tour is about 45 minutes, but there is a museum and a bookstore that you can visit at your leisure. I spent good three hours there (but I am someone who just loves to linger at historical sites) and even then I... More
24 March 2017|
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Response from charlessd2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The grounds: not so much, but there is a track and soccer field with a park next to the parking lot.
Anne M
19 October 2016|
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Response from Kathy D | Reviewed this property |
We didn't eat nearby. Sorry, not familiar with the area restaurants.