Tour Information

House Tour


Admission to the Mark Twain House is by guided tour only. Our expert guides will show you the beautiful Picturesque Gothic home, which National Geographic named as “one of the 10 best historic homes in the world.” You’ll learn about life in the Clemens household between 1874 and 1891. Sam and Olivia Clemens built this unique 3-story, 25-room mansion to be near Sam’s publisher. Here they raised their three daughters with the able assistance of various servants including a butler, coachman, maid, cook, gardener, and others. Learn all about the family, friends, servants, and even the pets when you visit. Bring your curiosity and questions to our knowledgeable guides for a peek back in time to the Gilded Age, Mark Twain’s work, and his personal life.

Living History Tours


Imagine being led through Mark Twain’s historic home by a faithful servant, a gossipy maid, or even Mark Twain’s wife!  Visitors will be taken back in time on our new Living History Tours, led by historic characters in period dress. These tours run approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and allow visitors special access and privileges, including a trip to the basement and photo opportunities with the character.  The stories told on each Living History tour are unique to each character, so we invite you to visit – and visit again! – for a whole new experience.  Check out our Living History Tours page for more information.  

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours


Ghostly tales and stories of spirits surround The Mark Twain House. Come and learn about the Victorians’ fascination with spiritualism, and find out why SyFy Channel’s popular paranormal series Ghost Hunters brought its investigative team to the house! Ghost tours are offered seasonally. Click here for upcoming dates and tickets. By reservation only.

Clue Tours


Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Play our live-action version of the classic game CLUE in the Mark Twain House. Was it Becky Thatcher with the revolver in the Conservatory? The Prince (or was it the Pauper?) with the knife in the library? This hour long tour features SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects and all the murder, mayhem and merriment one would expect from Sam Clemens! Featured on the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours! Click here for schedule and tickets.

Holiday Tours


Throughout this joyful season, Twain’s mansion is adorned as it was for holiday celebrations from 1874 to 1891, when the author, his wife and three daughters lived in the house. Many groups return year after year so make your reservations early by calling (860) 280-3130!

Group Tours


Ample bus parking. A state-of-the-art visitor center. Special exhibits. An easy ride from major metropolitan areas up and down the East Coast. What more could a group ask for? Click here to reserve your group tour today.

Discount if touring both The Mark Twain House and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Visit both Mark Twain's and Harriet Beecher Stowe's homes and save $3.00! Park once and visit both houses!

Come to Nook Farm, Hartford's most desirable neighborhood in the 19th Century and take tours of both The Mark Twain House and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

In 1874, Samuel Clemens built a 25-room Picturesque Gothic mansion that would soon become the talk of the town. Within its walls, he would work on the novels that would change the face of American literature: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince & The Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Across the lawn, Harriet Beecher Stowe's elegant Victorian Gothic home, surrounded by award-winning gardens, was the famous writer's final residence for her last twenty-three years. Having set the world on fire with her seminal abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe continued her boundary-breaking work in Hartford's Nook Farm.

You can tour both impeccably-restored homes, learn about the lives of their world-renowned residents, and discover how two Hartford neighbors changed literature and continued to shape a nation's view of itself.

If you buy a full price Mark Twain House ticket and present it at the Harriet Beecher Stowe ticket desk, you will receive $3.00 off your Stowe ticket price.

If you buy a full price Harriet Beecher Stowe Center ticket and present it at  the Twain House ticket desk, you will receive $3.00 off Twain House ticket price.

The tours are separate, and each tour takes about an hour. The two homes can be toured in any order.

Have a question? Call 860-247-0998.


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