Current Exhibits

Opened in 2003, The Mark Twain Museum Center offers guests an opportunity to learn more about Mark Twain, his family, the historic house, and the author's legacy. This state-of-the-art facility houses our ticket desk; the Aetna Gallery with a permanent exhibition on Twain's life and work; a rotating exhibition hall, The Hartford Financial Services Theatre, showing a Ken Burns mini-documentary on Twain; classroom space; the lecture hall-style Lincoln Financial Auditorium; The Mark Twain Store; entertaining spaces like the soaring Great Hall and the sunny second floor café/patio area.

In addition, the Museum Center houses our research library, which is open by appointment only. Featuring walls etched with some of his most famous quotations, this LEED-certified green museum is a treasure-filled way to begin and end your visit to The Mark Twain House.

At Your Service

Servants of the 19th and Early 20th Century

Open during regular museum hours. Exhibit included with admission.

At Your Service, a special exhibition that will be on view until September 1, 2014, will use historic objects from the collections of the museum and of other institutions to educate visitors about the daily work lives of servants of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and to tell the stories of the diverse and interesting individuals who worked as servants for Mark Twain and his family.

More about the exhibition: The exhibition is free with the purchase of a house tour; there is a $6.00 charge to view the exhibition only. The exhibition will use historic artifacts, such as household items, photographs and documents to provide an in-depth view of the lives and work of the individuals who worked for Twain and his family throughout his life, and their influences on his views and writings.

The exhibition will open with a small section on Mark Twain's early life in Missouri and the servants and slaves who were a part of his youth. It will then move on to tell the story of the individuals whom he employed during his adult life, particularly during his many years in Hartford and during his late life in Redding, Connecticut.

A very diverse group of individuals were employed in Twain's household. He wrote that, at one point, the staff included African-Americans, an Irish-American, and immigrants from Germany, Poland, England, and Ireland. Twain also wrote that "each was an interesting character, and not commonplace." Through the exhibition, the museum will strive to bring these "interesting characters" to life for its visitors, and to provide their perspective on life in Hartford during the "Gilded Age."

At Your Service is made possible by the City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, supported by the City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor, The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, the Connecticut at Work initiative of Connecticut Humanities in partnership with Hartford Public Library and Greater Hartford Arts Council, and United Technologies Corporation.

Twain Store

Twain's books, funny quote t-shirts, Victorian-era gifts, Twain House and Hartford souvenirs, writer's journals and other tools. The Twain Store has something for everyone.

Upcoming Events

There is always a good reason to visit the Mark Twain House. With unique events for Twain fans of every age, keep checking back for updates.

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Your donation to the museum will ensure that Mark Twain's legacy will continue on at little cost to the natural world he admired so much.