General Information

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. National Geographic named it "one of the ten best historic homes in the world," and TIME magazine dubbed it "Downton Abbey's American Cousin."

Throughout the year, The Mark Twain House & Museum presents special events and educational programs that illuminate Twain's literary legacy for fans of all ages. In addition, we offer LIVING HISTORY TOURS, a behind-the-scenes look at The Mark Twain House with a costumed interpreter, nighttime Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours and murder-mystery CLUE Tours on select days and times.

For more information, call 860-247-0998 or contact us via e-mail.

Take our virtual tour before your visit to plan what you'd like to focus on!


There is ample free parking for cars and buses in our Farmington Avenue lot and an additional smaller lot off Forest Street. Set your GPS for 385 Farmington Avenue, Hartford to find our parking lot entrance. Please note that the parking lot entrance is located a few hundred feet to the west of the Mark Twain House itself.
Opened in 2003, our museum features The Aetna Gallery permanent orientation exhibit, "I have sampled this life", a video introduction by acclaimed director Ken Burns, rotating exhibits on Twain's work and influence, two classrooms and a 178-seat auditorium for special programs.
The Museum's store boasts books for readers of all ages, souvenirs, Victorian gifts and exclusive items available only through The Mark Twain House & Museum. A wide selection of Twain books and memorabilia are also available at our online store.
The first floor of The Mark Twain House is wheelchair accessible, but guests must be able to negotiate three flights of stairs for the complete tour. The Museum is fully wheelchair accessible. To arrange tours for visitors with special needs, call (860) 247-0998, Ext. 130.


Nook Farm Nook Cafe
The Nook Farm Nook offers sandwiches, salads and other food. The cafe also has a wide variety of tasty snacks and beverages; it's a budget, and family, friendly place where you can get a good lunch for less than $10. 


Our Address

The Mark Twain House & Museum Phone: (860) 247-0998
351 Farmington Avenue  
Hartford, Connecticut 06105 Parking is free!
View on Map Set GPS for 385 Farmington Ave, Hartford for our parking lot entrance. 

Our Hours

Daily (Sunday through Saturday) 9:30am to 5:30pm
  last tour leaves at 4:30pm
Closed We are closed on the following days:
  New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving,
  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  We are also closed on Tuesdays in January and February, as well as Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

In the event of inclement weather, please call our weather line at (860) 280-3142.



Admission to the Mark Twain House is by guided tour only. Ticket prices include the tour of the house and admission to the museum center.

If you know your plans to visit a day or more ahead of time, you can purchase online tickets using the Buy Your Tickets link above to the right. (Please note that if you have having a problem buying tickets online using a mobiile device, please try purchasing on your home computer.)

Tours do sell out! Advanced online purchase is recommended. Web sales close several hours before each tour start time.  Any remaining tickets are sold at the door first-come first-served.

We now offer LIVING HISTORY TOURS on a weekly basis! Step back in time and view The Mark Twain House & Museum through the eyes of a family member or servant. For more details, click here.

Reservations are best for group tours. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more if booked 14 days in advance.

If you wish to tour both The Mark Twain House and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, a discount is available. Please click here for more information.

Also, you can become a member, which includes free admission, by clicking here.

Let’s GO Arts! cardholders are eligible for a $2 discount on regular tours of the Mark Twain House. (This discount does not apply to specialty tours, such as Graveyard Shift, Clue, and Living History tours.)  Present your card at the ticket desk to get your discount.

If you have any questions about tours, please call (860) 247-0998.

Here are the ticket prices for admission to the museum and a tour of the Mark Twain House:

Senior Citizens$18
(ages 65+) 
(ages 17 - 64) 
(ages 6 - 16) 
Under 6FREE!
Museum only*$6 adults & seniors; $4 for kids

*Does not include the tour of the Mark Twain House.



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