Mark Twain House & Museum
In 1874, Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and his family settled into their beloved 25-room, Picturesque Gothic-Revival home in Hartford’s exclusive Nook Farm district. By this time, Clemens, a native of Missouri, had lived in both Philadelphia and New York; traveled along the Mississippi; journeyed west to the Nevada Territory, California, and Hawaii; toured Europe by steamship; and visited the Holy Land. He had documented his travels in newspaper articles and short stories and incorporated his insights on the culture of the day into several novels. He was also a recognized humorist and lecturer but hadn’t yet penned his most famous works.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) were just some of the novels he wrote while living here (and summering with in-laws in Elmira, NY). You can visit the house---with its many stunning features, including some designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany---on hour-long guided tours. That said, plan to spend two or three hours to take in exhibits in the adjacent museum. Tours are limited to 16 people and are first come, first served; arrive early, especially on weekends, to ensure a spot. Note that you can also combine a visit here with one to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, just around the corner.
351 Farmington Ave.
- Hartford, Connecticut 06105
- 41.76749100, -72.70134100
- Daily 9:30--5:30 (closed Tues. in Jan. and Feb.). Last house tour at 4:30.
- Visit Website
- (860) 247-0998