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Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

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  • When I think of Mark Twain, I think of Missouri, not New England. But given that he spent most of his writing career in Connecticut, and ultimately died there as well, just the location of this house ...  more »
  • Wow!!!! This place is AWESOME, Fantastic tour guide, and a Very Enjoyable Experience!So informative and it just seems to take you back to a simpler place in time leaving you with a warm and fuzzy feel...  more »
  • Photos aren't allowed in the house. The tour guide kept the tour moving quickly but smoothly. The story of the family and their home was touching. Last tour of the day is at 4:30pm. To buy tickets, go...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A great way to spend a couple of hours in our capital city. I took the Living History tour guided by Lizzie Wills and loved it. The house is incredible and the tour guide was wonderful - she shared a wealth of information and stories about the Clemens family. Yes it's a little pricey, but rightly so due to the amount of upkeep and restoration needed. You can get a pass from your local library to get 1 free admission with a paid admission. Also go early and catch the movie before the tour, it's about 25 minutes long and replays all day. It sets the stage nicely for the tour. All in all, a fun and educational visit. I'm hoping to visit again for the Clue mystery tour.
  • Me and my girlfriend love this place. We have been through the house twice. The house is restored to beautiful condition. The craftsmanship is outstanding. They have the desk that he wrote Huck Finn at!
  • Really interesting tour of the building with good history on his life in Hartford as well as afterwards. Worthy of bringing out-of-town visitors for sure. I wouldn't go back without them - it's not that deep - but I'd do it again with their excuse.