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November 26th early closure; Thanksgiving - Closed; Friday - OPEN!

Here is the holiday schedule for The Mark Twain House & Museum...

Wednesday, November 26th - Closing at 1p.m. due to inclement weather. Final tour steps off at noon.

Thursday, November 27th - Closed for Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble.

Friday, November 28th - Open starting at 9:30 a.m. for our busiest day of the year! Be sure to arrive early to enjoy The Mark Twain House in all its holiday finery! Open until 5:30 p.m. with the final tour of the day stepping off at 4:30 p.m. Museum Center closes at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 29th - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Final tour steps off at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 30th - 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Final tour steps off at 4:30 p.m.

New England Premier Screening of "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey"

Sunday, November 30, 2:00 p.m. at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford

On Mark Twain's birthday, come out to Real Art Ways for the New England Premier of the new documentary "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey."

Director Scott Teems will join us after the film, in conversation with Dr. Cindy Lovell, Executive Director of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Celebrated actor Hal Holbrook has carved out a prolific career in film, television and theater, but one role, which he has played since 1954, has become indelibly associated with him: Mark Twain.

For 60 years, Holbrook has been touring with his award-winning one-man show, "Mark Twain Tonight!," in which he portrays the renowned American writer and satirist before sold-out crowds. Doling out Twain's priceless and still relevant morsels of wit and wisdom, Holbrook has performed the show in all 50 states, internationally, on television, Broadway and behind the Iron Curtain.

Filmmaker Scott Teems takes us behind the scenes with Holbrook for an intimate peek at Twain's continuing influence on our culture and the dedicated actor who brings him to life.

Directed by Scott Teems

(In English, 95 minutes)

Presented in partnership with Real Art Ways.

Sponsored by The Saunders Foundation.

Admission is $11/$8 for members. For tickets, please visit Real Art Way's website here.

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum 34th Annual Holiday House Tour

Sunday, December 7, 11:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

This is the famed-in-Connecticut weekend holiday tradition when people flock to the Mark Twain House, and to five distinctive area homes, for The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum Holiday House Tour.

The tour will feature Mark Twain's 19-room home and The Hartford Club, where Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was a member

Several historic homes will be opened for viewing for the 34rd year of this event. Each will be decorated for the holidays and will feature live music and floral arrangements. The Twain mansion will be decorated for a 19th-century Christmas with the Samuel Clemens family.

The tour takes about three hours and requires some driving, but all the houses are not far from one another.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and education programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Please visit our dedicated Holiday House Tour website here for complete details about the afternoon.

Our sponsors include:

Viking Oil Company
Hooker & Holcombe, Inc.
Aaron & Sandra Gersten
Pamela Dowling & James Healey, Jr.
Sponsorship in memory of Brent Wells
Sponsorship in memory of Fran Gordon, First President of the Friends

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum is a volunteer organization that has supported the museum for more than 50 years. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and education programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Tickets: $30 in advance. Call (860) 280-3130 or click here. Tickets will be $35 each on the day of the tour, Sunday, December 7, and can be purchased at The Mark Twain House & Museum. Tickets purchased after 12/1 should be picked up at The Mark Twain Museum Center only.

Herstory Theater & The Mark Twain House & Museum present IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Live Radio Play

Saturday, December 6, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

This event will take place at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT.

George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel, and grumpy old Mr. Potter are turning Hartford into Bedford Falls this year! Come relive the story of a man who gets to see what life would have been like if he had never been born. (And there's even a Twain connection--when Clarence is pulled out of the water, he dries off his copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer!)

When the film It's A Wonderful Life was released in 1946, it was not an immediate popular or financial success. However, it's reputation grew over the years, and a clerical error resulting in the loss of its copyright protection resulted in it being shown widely during the Christmas season every year. It has become a phenomenon, and many don't feel that their holiday season is complete without watching it.

Now, there's a very unique opportunity to revisit this wonderful story--in a fun, live radio-show performance, complete with a foley (sound effects) artist! If you liked our "Dracula" program last month, you'll love this!

The play is written by Joe Landry and is directed by Virginia Wolf.

The Connecticut cast and crew include: Bill Arnold of East Windsor, Steve O’Brien and Joe Sacala of Simsbury, Chris Berrien of East Granby, Kathryn Lewis (stage manager) of Wethersfield,  Jomarie Pipolo of West Hartford, Ian Galligan (foley artist) of Meriden, and Virginia Wolf of Farmington.

The performance is 90 minutes, and there is no intermission.

Saturday, December 6 - TWO SHOWS! 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

$10; For tickets: call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

New Virtual Tours of the Mark Twain House

Each Monday we'll be rolling out a new 360-degree virtual tour of a room in the Mark Twain House. Check it out here!

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