Tour Information

House Tour

Admission to the Mark Twain House is by guided tour only. Our expert guides will show you the beautiful Picturesque Gothic home, which National Geographic named as “one of the 10 best historic homes in the world.” You’ll learn about life in the Clemens household between 1874 and 1891. Sam and Olivia Clemens built this unique 3-story, 25-room mansion to be near Sam’s publisher. Here they raised their three daughters with the able assistance of various servants including a butler, coachman, maid, cook, gardener, and others. Learn all about the family, friends, servants, and even the pets when you visit. Bring your curiosity and questions to our knowledgeable guides for a peek back in time to the Gilded Age, Mark Twain’s work, and his personal life.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Ghostly tales and stories of spirits surround The Mark Twain House. Come and learn about the Victorians’ fascination with spiritualism, and find out why SyFy Channel’s popular paranormal series Ghost Hunters brought its investigative team to the house! Ghost tours are offered seasonally. Check our Events & Programs page for upcoming tours.

Clue Tours

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Play our live-action version of the classic game CLUE in the Mark Twain House. Was it Becky Thatcher with the revolver in the Conservatory? The Prince (or was it the Pauper?) with the knife in the library? This hour long tour features SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects and all the murder, mayhem and merriment one would expect from Sam Clemens! Featured on the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours! Check our Events & Programs page for upcoming tours.

Holiday Tours

Throughout this joyful season, Twain’s mansion is adorned as it was for holiday celebrations from 1874 to 1891, when the author, his wife and three daughters lived in the house. Many groups return year after year so make your reservations early by calling (860) 280-3130!

Group Tours

Ample bus parking. A state-of-the-art visitor center. Special exhibits. An easy ride from major metropolitan areas up and down the East Coast. What more could a group ask for? Click here to reserve your group tour today.

Combined Twain-Stowe Tours

Visit both Mark Twain's and Harriet Beecher Stowe's homes in one tour! Park once and visit both houses!

Come to Nook Farm, Hartford's most desirable neighborhood in the 19th Century and take a combined tour of both The Mark Twain House and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

In 1874, Samuel Clemens built a 25-room Picturesque Gothic mansion that would soon become the talk of the town. Within its walls, he would work on the novels that would change the face of American literature: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince & The Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Across the lawn, Harriet Beecher Stowe's elegant Victorian Gothic home, surrounded by award-winning gardens, was the famous writer's final residence for her last twenty-three years. Having set the world on fire with her seminal abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe continued her boundary-breaking work in Hartford's Nook Farm.

You can tour both impeccably-restored homes, learn about the lives of their world-renowned residents, and discover how two Hartford neighbors changed literature and continued to shape a nation's view of itself.

Combined tours are offered every hour on the hour beginning at 10 AM (Mon-Sat) -or on Sunday beginning at 1 PM. Last combined tour steps off at 4 PM every day. Tour is approximately 90 minutes short! Offered every day!

Adults (17 -64) $25
Seniors (65+) $22
Children (6-16) $16

Ask about discounts for members of The Mark Twain House and members of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

Tickets may be purchased at either The Mark Twain Museum Center or the Stowe Visitor Center.

Regular tour offerings of each of the houses are, of course, also available.

Have a question? Call (860) 247-0998.


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