Tips for Your Visit

Visitation of the House is by Guided Tour

To purchase tickets or a membership, enter through the Museum Center adjacent to the main parking lot or through the patio entrance off our Forest Street parking lot.

The Main House Tour takes 45 to 60 minutes, but we suggest you leave about two hours for your entire visit so you have time to see the film, Mark Twain, by Ken Burns and our exhibits.

To ensure an optimum experience, main house tours are limited to 16 people, first come, first served. If your group has more than 10 people, please call (860) 280-3130 or fill out our online group tours form to reserve a discounted Group Tour in advance of your visit. Unfortunately, we do not make reservations for groups of fewer than 10 people.

Things You Should Know

Tours fill up quickly on weekends and holidays and have been known to sell out before the last tour of the day at 4:30 p.m. The tour schedule changes daily, but we generally cycle them every half hour. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. Click here.
If you are planning a visit for a Saturday, please arrive on site by early afternoon to minimize your waiting time.
Please note that during school year, the House welcomes many field trips between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. As a result, there may be a longer wait between them on weekday mornings September through June.

Parking is free! Set GPS for 385 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut which will put you right at the driveway entrance to our main parking lot.

Children under six are free; however, the hour-long guided tour may not be suitable for some very young children. Little ones are certainly welcome, but a parent with a loud or disruptive child may be asked to leave the tour if the noise is detracting from the experience for others. We are happy to refund the money of any parent who needs to step out to care for a young child.

Cell Phones

We ask visitors to turn off cell phones while on the guided tour.


Due to the size of the rooms and risk of damage to artifacts we do not allow any kind of photography inside the historic Mark Twain House. Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to take photos around the outside of the house. Reporters and film crews can make special arrangements by contacting our publicist:

David Cash
call 860-280-3143, or email


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