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The Mark Twain House & Museum

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Address: 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400
Phone Number: +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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A "Must See" for Tourists and Locals

I always enjoy taking visitors from the USA and UK to the Mark Twain House and Museum to see this beautiful home. After several visits over the years listening to the story of... read more

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I always enjoy taking visitors from the USA and UK to the Mark Twain House and Museum to see this beautiful home. After several visits over the years listening to the story of Twain's telephone located in the main entrance hallway, the truth was revealed about its real and actual original location in the kitchen.

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

Went with my favorite her on law. It was a terrific visit. It had an air of adventure rather than feeling stale. Part of it was the house. It's quirky. But of course it's famous occupant added a great deal.

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Rowley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I went to the house and museum on November 30, 2016 to see a dramatic performance of six of Twain's short stories and to celebrate Twain's birthday. The performance was delightful. The museum and its staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. The museum itself contains interesting and informative displays of Samuel Clemens's life and... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We checked out the Mark Twain House and Museum over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had been there in the early 80s and himself (a Hartford native) had never been. We really enjoyed our visit which included a house tour, time spent in the museum and a obligatory stop in the gift shop. Our guide, Brendan, was awesome - he told... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum includes background free movie, belongings viewing gallery and guided tour of the house. 45 minute tour was informative with help from visitors questions which guides are great at fully answering. You do have to go outside to reach the house from the check in center, so bring your coat if cold outside. It is only a short three minute... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the house and the museum. Both are great windows into the life of a great American personality and author. The guide was very knowledgeable and sincere in her love for Twain's work. Good for families with kids too because there are different learning activities available.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading some of the reviews on here, I will agree with a lot of what I saw. The tour guides really do make this experience ten times better. My boyfriend and I were on a tour with Gary, and he seemed genuinely passionate about the subject matter and the house. There are quite a few original pieces, which was... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a beautifully restored historic landmark. The staff are very knowledgable about the structure's history and the it's most famous occupant Mark Twain.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved going through the house with our guide, Diane, who was excellent. She was very knowledgeable about the family and the period when the house was built. Lots of interesting tidbits about how they entertained, how the daughters grew up there, and the later losses and tragedies that befell two of them. Makes you want to go back and... More 

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Norwich, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating walking around the museum finding out how he lived his life. Would recommend to anyone. Be sure to dress appropriately though.

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