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.
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.
We ask visitors to turn off cell phones while on the guided tour.
Thank you for not taking photographs in our historic house. Our photography policy is in place for the safety of our visitors and the safety of our exceptional collections for future generations to enjoy.
We do not allow photography or videography while on tour of the Mark Twain House for several good reasons:
· Flash photography is damaging to artifacts, especially textiles and paper.
· Some artifacts on display are on loan from institutions whose loan contracts require that their object not be photographed for proprietary reasons.
· Photography is distracting for other visitors.
· It is easy to trip or bump into an artifact when looking though a lens or at your cell phone screen. Please respect our mission for preservation and our concern for your own personal safety.
We welcome you to enjoy taking as many photographs of the exterior of the house as you like. As part of our special Living History Tours, visitors are allowed to take photographs in the basement of the house.
Postcards with images of the interiors of the house are available for purchase in our gift shop, as is our pictorial guide to the house, The Loveliest Home That Ever Was by Steve Courtney, which includes stunning interior views by photographer John Groo.
Reporters and film crews can make special arrangements by contacting: