Connecticut may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

Mark Twain House
Vacation Travel Guide

Walk in Mark Twain’s footsteps at the author’s beloved Hartford home. The museum next door will complete your Twain education.

Explore a piece of literary history at The Mark Twain House & Museum. From the outside, the Gothic building might look like just another historic home in Hartford, but inside lived one of the world’s most beloved authors.

Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, moved to Hartford soon after he and his wife Olivia married in 1870. They lived here for two decades, which Twain would later call the best years of his life.

Take a tour through the house and dive into life in the Clemens household. Twain and his wife built the sprawling three-story mansion to be close to his publisher. You will learn about everyone in their daily lives, even including the family pets.

Special tours are offered throughout the year. The Graveyard Shift Ghost Tour gives visitors a taste of the Victorian era’s fascination with spooky spiritualism. Play an interactive game of “Clue” throughout the house on the popular Clue Tour. During the holiday season, the house is decorated as it would have been during the Twain family holidays.

A visit to the Mark Twain Museum Center, opened in 2003, will provide more information about Twain’s life and writing. Watch a mini-documentary on the author’s life and explore his works in a series of exhibits. Be sure to investigate the rotating exhibit hall, which has frequent interesting temporary displays.

It is fitting that the museum’s store is full of books. Pick out one of Twain’s masterpieces or purchase a Victorian-era souvenir. Have a snack at the Nook Farm Nook. It also offers healthy lunch options, desserts and beverages.

You can enter the house only while on a guided tour. The ticket includes a full tour of the house and admission to the museum. Try to arrive early, because tours commonly sell out. Don’t worry about finding a parking spot; there are ample free spaces in the museum’s lots on Farmington Avenue and Forest Street.

The Mark Twain House is open every day of the week, excluding major holidays. It opens slightly later on Sundays and is closed on Tuesdays from January to March.

Top Hotels Close to Mark Twain House

Delamar West Hartford
Delamar West Hartford
3.5 out of 5
1 Memorial Road, West Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,204 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2

Situated in the entertainment district, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Children's Museum and The Center & The Square. Noah Webster House and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (472 reviews)

"Classy and friendly staff and beautiful decor. The atmosphere was quite vibrant."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/24

Delamar West Hartford
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,614 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hartford Stage and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"Absolutely enjoyed my stay here and love the new safety precautions put in place due to COVID. Every staff that I had come in contact with was extremely pleasant!! See you all soon!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/24

Hilton Hartford
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,922 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2

Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theater Works and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (884 reviews)

"Great hotel, beautifully decorated and designed. Great location, friendly staff, and amenities."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/27

The Goodwin Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Mark Twain House

Mark Twain House

Best Lodging Options Near Mark Twain House

Delamar West Hartford
Delamar West Hartford
3.5 out of 5
1 Memorial Road, West Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,204 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
Delamar West Hartford
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,614 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
Hilton Hartford
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,922 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
The Goodwin Hotel
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,204 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
Marriott Hartford Downtown
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,794 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
3.5 out of 5
942 Main St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,132 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
Red Roof Inn Plus+ Hartford Downtown
Red Roof Inn Plus+ Hartford Downtown
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
Red Roof Inn Plus+ Hartford Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
3 out of 5
338 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown
2.5 out of 5
370 Market Street, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,375 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.