About Us

Preserving a Great Author's Legacy

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The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation's defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times.

The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author's Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. In addition to providing tours of Twain's restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain's literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

The Mark Twain House & Museum staff created and embrace these CORE VALUES...

SUSTAINABLE STEWARDSHIP – We value fiscal responsibility, viability, and relevance as we work to preserve a National Historic Landmark, and its collections and archives, for future generations.  We also celebrate the legacy of Mark Twain as an iconic writer, family man, and influential citizen of his time.

INTEGRITY – We are ethical professionals who lead by example, treating The Mark Twain House & Museum, our global community, and each other with the utmost respect.  We achieve our goals with responsibility and accountability to the public trust.

KNOWLEDGE – We are committed to being a judicious and discerning research and learning center for Mark Twain scholarship, ready to read, discuss, and investigate.  Our dedication to research and teaching guides our decisions about collections, stewardship, interpretation, and our educational programming.

COLLABORATION – We foster a sense of teamwork and community within the organization while playing a part in the larger cultural landscape.   Cooperation within the workplace, and when partnering with local, regional, national, or international institutions, is necessary to achieve the museum’s mission

CREATIVITY – We treasure the creative spirit of the writer who spoke with a distinct and unique American voice.  We engage our audiences in joyful and meaningful experiences in an environment in which they can explore their inner writer, laugh, and open their minds to challenging ideas.

Contact us: info@marktwainhouse.org

The Mark Twain House & Museum is a proud supporter of the American Writers Museum--A National Museum Celebrating American Writers Opening in Chicago in 2017



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