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Ira Glass: 7 Things I Have Learned

Presenting Ira Glass at The Bushnell!

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 pm

Our 2016 Gala with "This American Life" host IRA GLASS will be held November 12 at The Bushnell

A few Gala Packages are still available. These are $275 and include a dinner reception with Mr. Glass catered by Max's, premiere performance seating for his show, and a private post-show dessert reception. Gala packages are EXTREMELY limited in number and can be ordered by calling (860) 280-3112.

General Admission tickets are now available! Members receive $5 off tickets! For all other seating, order online or call The Bushnell box office at (860) 987-5900.

The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest

Do people say you look like Albert Einstein? And do you counter with, "No! I look like Mark Twain!" If so, you’re a great candidate for The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest to be held in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. You can show up with a wig or without, with a real mustache or fake, in a white suit, ivory suit, or birthday suit (just kidding – you need clothes!), strut on the stage, deliver one Mark Twain quote (verified! – not attributed!), and our panel of distinctive, ornery, and un-bribable judges will determine if YOU are the winner of The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest! Yes, there will be prizes!


FIRST PRIZE: Bragging Rights, Lifetime Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum,
and a $100 Gift Certificate to spend in the Museum Store!

SECOND PRIZE: Free One-year Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum
and a $50 Gift Certificate for the Museum Store!

THIRD PRIZE: Two free passes to tour The Mark Twain House and a $25 Gift Certificate!

and one free pass to tour The Mark Twain House! (You can even purchase extra shirts if one just isn't enough!)

Entry fee: $25 (to keep out the riff-raff)

Contestants must register online by September 1, 2016

NOTE: This event is part of Downtown Hartford's 5th Annual EnvisionFest. The contest will take place at 2:00 pm on Main Street. The stage will be set up across from the Travelers building.


Saturday, June 11, 10am to 4pm

Things will really get swinging when our 8th Annual TOM SAWYER DAY heads into the wild kingdom! A fun-filled family extravaganza, "Wild About Animals" will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, games & activities, music, food & refreshments, and lots of attractions!

You and your kids can learn more about Mark Twain's own kids in our current exhibit, IN THEIR FATHER'S IMAGE: SUSY, CLARA & JEAN CLEMENS.

TOM SAWYER DAY is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign.  Musical performances are supported by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Part of Connecticut Open House Day!

Admission is FREE!

Food and Beverages can be purchased from local vendors on site.

Discounted tours of The Mark Twain House will be available on TOM SAWYER DAY. Adults $12 / Children 7 to 16 $7 / Children 6 and under - FREE!


On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, you can take a LIVING HISTORY TOUR!

Thinking about an EXTRA special event? Here's a great idea: tour the Mark Twain House with someone who actually "lived" there! Our Living History Tours come to life in March. Take a tour with that sassy, brassy housemaid Lizzie Wills, or thoughtful lady's maid Katy Leary, or even Olivia Clemens herself. These historically accurate tours are unlike anything you've experienced here before! Be among the first to bring friends and family for an intimate behind-the-scenes look at "the loveliest home that ever was." Get a sneak preview HERE!

What could be more special? For more details or to pre-register for your living history tour, click here.

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