Historical Attractions

The Mark Twain House Hartford

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The Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford
CT
06105
Tel: 860-247-0998

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Parking is free when you get to the museum at 351 Farmington Ave.

Where are we going today?

Most people are familiar with the works of Mark Twain, but what about the  man behind the words? Did you know that Mark Twain lived in Hartford for some time, and actually wrote some of his most famous books here?

The Mark Twain House is a great museum for kids to be introduced to this amazing man, or to learn more about his private side. The house itself is an amazing piece of work. Mark Twain (otherwise known as Samuel Clemens) moved to Hartford in 1871, and commissioned this house to be built in 1873. It was their dream house, and they had some of their happiest moments in this house.

Kids - you’ve heard of the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn haven’t you? That’s all Mark Twain! 

The Mark Twain Museum Center was opened in 2003 in connection with the Mark Twain House, where all the families who visit can learn more about all things Mark Twain, including his family and legacy.

There is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life of Mark Twain, as well as a rotating exhibition hall. To get a bit more insight, sit down and enjoy the mini-documentary on Twain.

Keep an eye out for rotating exhibits too, because they always have fascinating topics, and you wouldn't want to miss out - as well as super interesting events too, across the year.

One your Mark Twain....get set and head off for a fascinating family day out! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$18
  • Children$11 (Ages 6 - 16)
  • Free Under: 6 years old
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Monday to Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm. Sundays 11am - 5:30pm

Closed Tuesdays from January to March. Also closed major holidays.

Teachers corner

With great information to learn and group discounts, the museum is a great place for kids to visit. The guides will take the classes through amazing rooms where Twain actually worked - it will bring learning to life! .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you spend a couple of hours here - there are so many things to see, including his last pair of spectacles and letter he's written. .

Doing our bit

The museum is non-profit and relies on contributions to ensure they continue to support this educational museum..

Need a little extra help?

If you have limited mobility, if you are coming east on Farmington Ave and go right past the Mark Twain House. Take your first right which is Forest St, and look for the sign on the right. This leads you to the rear parking lot where there is space. .

Can I get one of those?

With books, shirts and other educational gifts to take home, your learning never has to stop! .

More information

If you want to visit more than once, it might be worth looking at getting a membership. You get free admission as well as discounts and access to member-only events. .

What people are saying?

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    Firstly, I have to compliment everyone who works at the Mark Twain House & Museum; you guys do a stellar job! It was an amazing experience that I will treasure for a long time, and all the work and outstanding effort that you have put into the house and museum clearly shines through!
    My family and I visited from PA to learn more about Mark Twain, taking the house tour, perusing the archives, and later exploring the museum as well. Throughout the entire visit, the staff were both helpful and every ounce the Twainian scholar, providing...Read More

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    I went very early on Tuesday November 18th and I was lucky enough to have Betsy as my guide and I was the only person for her first tour! We were able to talk and I saw how modern this house is for the period of time. It's very interesting to know that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain=Safe water) was living during the time of the Civil War! This place is amazing!! Don't miss it when visiting Hartford, CT or even take less than 2 hours from Boston.
    Just in front of this house is another landmark: Harriet Beecher Stowe's home, the "Little Lady who wrote...Read More

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    The house is beautiful, they have done an amazing job with revitalizing the home to look like it did when Mark Twain lived there. They charge $18 and you can only go into the home on the tour. They don't allow any pictures inside the home, but you can take them outside. The tour guide I had was full of great information about the home and life of Mark Twain. I gave it 3 stars however because you are only aloud one hour in the home with the guide. My tour guide was in a hurry to get us through the house and got irritated when people in the group...Read More

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    My friend and I really enjoyed seeing the house today and were really looking forward to the tour--It is an amazing house in terms of architecture. We did the 1:30 tour with a man in his late 30s early 40s. He was not very talkative and we had to literally ask questions in most of the rooms to get him to give up information about the house and history. Very annoying. Other people in our group thought the same thing. He didn't volunteer very much besides the architecture and very little basic history about Mark Twain. Too bad because we drove...Read More

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by Sophia Swartz

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Firstly, I have to compliment everyone who works at the Mark Twain House & Museum; you guys do a stellar job! It was an amazing experience that I will treasure for a long time, and all the work and outstanding effort that you have put into the house and museum clearly shines through!
My family and I visited from PA to learn more about Mark Twain, taking the house tour, perusing the archives, and later exploring the museum as well. Throughout the entire visit, the staff were both helpful and every ounce the Twainian scholar, providing for an extremely enjoyable and informational tour that everyone, from myself to my 9-year-old brother, highly appreciated. Our guide was very knowledgeable, engaging, and offered the same droll humor that you'd expect from Mark Twain himself! A great experience that I highly recommend!

by Cesar Romero

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I went very early on Tuesday November 18th and I was lucky enough to have Betsy as my guide and I was the only person for her first tour! We were able to talk and I saw how modern this house is for the period of time. It's very interesting to know that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain=Safe water) was living during the time of the Civil War! This place is amazing!! Don't miss it when visiting Hartford, CT or even take less than 2 hours from Boston.
Just in front of this house is another landmark: Harriet Beecher Stowe's home, the "Little Lady who wrote the Book that started this Great War". This is what Abraham Lincoln told Harriet for writing Uncle Tom's Cabin!

by Kent Metcalf

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The house is beautiful, they have done an amazing job with revitalizing the home to look like it did when Mark Twain lived there. They charge $18 and you can only go into the home on the tour. They don't allow any pictures inside the home, but you can take them outside. The tour guide I had was full of great information about the home and life of Mark Twain. I gave it 3 stars however because you are only aloud one hour in the home with the guide. My tour guide was in a hurry to get us through the house and got irritated when people in the group wanted to take there time looking at different things in the home. At one point he got so irritated he said " you go ahead and do your own tour because you are obviously not interested in what I have to say" . He then walked away throwing a tantrum like my 3 year old would. Just to clarify I was the youngest person on the tour at 35. After about 10 min of huffing and puffing and muttering under his breath he asked everyone if they would like him to continue with the tour. To sum it up if you are quit and listen, and follow quickly you will have a happy tour guide. I did enjoy the home and it's rich history.

by chrstn98

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My friend and I really enjoyed seeing the house today and were really looking forward to the tour--It is an amazing house in terms of architecture. We did the 1:30 tour with a man in his late 30s early 40s. He was not very talkative and we had to literally ask questions in most of the rooms to get him to give up information about the house and history. Very annoying. Other people in our group thought the same thing. He didn't volunteer very much besides the architecture and very little basic history about Mark Twain. Too bad because we drove almost 3 hours today and were really looking forward to the tour.

There is a display devoted to the servants that had nothing to do with the tour, that was excellent.

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