Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

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  • A wonderful chapter in American history. A great way to learn about a celebrated author who chronicled an interesting era. The house is a well preserved artifact of the gilded era. Access is afforded ...  more »
  • Fascinating tour led by reenactor of Twain’s friend Revd Joseph Hopkins Twichell. Definitely worth taking one of the guided tours if you want a bit more from your visit. The house itself is interestin...  more »
  • The Mark Twain House offers very interesting tours, which (mostly) must be booked in advance. There is a very good museum shop with many interesting items for purchase.  more »
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  • Really enjoyed our tour of the house this morning. The house is beautifully restored and the tour guide was very informative with a great sense of humor. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family. The main reason I only gave it a 4 star rating was that there was no communication about the lack of handicap accessibility within the tour prior to purchasing tickets. The tour consists of two sets of stairs each about 3 stories tall. All other renovated historical I've toured recently have installed an elevator, so I was definitely surprised another patron in the tour with mobility limitations was not warned ahead of ticket purchase about the lack of accommodations. This is a great place to visit, but not a good option for anyone with mobility limitations.
  • Truly impressive! Based on the tour guide's explanation, they've done a LOT of restoration since opening. We went earlier this year and honestly there seemed to only be a few rooms that hadn't quite been renovated. Being familiar with Mark Twain, but by no means a big nerd about him, I was really taken by the historic significance of his writing, his own life, and his consummate storytelling. I had never known about his ritual with his daughters whereby he told a new story based on the same set of items on the family mantel. In addition to the house itself, the museum (where you meet before your tour the house) is really well laid out. The different types of tours also seems like it would be a lot of fun if you've got a family etc. (There's one where someone portrays one of the maids to take you on the tour etc.). There a lot of artifacts in the museum and really fascinating background information on everything. If you've got a Walker Art Center Friend (or above) membership, this is one of the reciprocal museums you can get into and the standard tour come with entry!
  • They have a nice film at the beginning that gives a lot of info about Mark Twain's life. I learned a lot just from watching it. The house is very beautiful. It has been very well maintained although there were a couple of places where the paint is peeling off the ceilings. We took the tour guided by Lizzy the maid. With this tour, the tour guides pretends to be the maid and tells stories from her point of view. That makes it more entertaining and interesting in my opinion.
  • Drove two hours from NYC & it was worth it. The house and museum are well taken care of by a knowledgeable staff. We took the Living History Tour with 'Susan Clemens,' which was entertaining & informative. I would have preferred a regular tour but that is more a reflection on myself than the quality of the tour; if anything it helped by making it more interesting for the younger children with us (I've been to many such mansions and haven't experienced this before). It is also slightly more child friendly than other such attractions because of the artifacts at the end of the tour that may be handled by visitors (this doesn't make or break the experience but it's more than can be said for many places). Make sure not to miss the exhibits & film; again both entertaining and informative. The management has harnessed Twain's personality in both of these attractions and they are worth seeing whether you want a history lesson or a dose of Twain's famous wit.
  • There were a couple of reasons not to give this 5 stars but I will say first the house is amazing and definitely worth a visit. The restored stenciling on the walls is incredibly beautiful and the library is my dream room! That being said I had two issues that clouded my overall view. First the bathrooms are not well maintained. It does not matter how shiny and nice the visitor center looks if none of the soap dispensers work or one of the faucets is missing in the bathroom. I know budgets are tight, I am the director of a historic home myself, but those are inexpensive fixes that would make a large difference in visitor perception. Second the labels in the gallery are printed in a font size that is so small that it is almost unreadable, especially if you are standing 18-24 inches away from the displays, as most museums require. My 70 year old mother was so frustrated she stopped trying to read them and likely missed out on important info. This is also an easy fix and something the curator should have noticed before the exhibit opened.

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