Mark Twain is one of our nation's defining cultural figures.

The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

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Free tours if you wear Patriots gear - now through January 13!

Show #PatsPride, Get Inside!

The New England Patriots caravan visited The Mark Twain House & Museum on January 9, and we’re #NotDone with the celebrating!

We are offering free tours to anybody who comes to the Mark Twain House wearing Patriots gear! This offer is good until the Pats face the Tennessee Titans Saturday night, January 13. 

Specialty tours are not included with this offer.

While you’re here, be sure to take a selfie of you in your game garb with our life-size Lego rendering of Twain in our lobby! You can email them to us at, or tag them on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #SelfiesWithSam.

“Well, say, this beats croquet. There’s more go about it!”  -Mark Twain on football, 1900



Featured Event

Mark My Words: How to Take a Joke, with Gina Barreca and Jay Heinrichs

January 19, 2018 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


JOIN US for a special evening with nationally syndicated columnist and trustee of The Mark Twain House & Museum Gina Barreca and Jay HeinrichsNYTimes best-selling author of Thank You for Arguing. Barreca and Heinrichs served as judges for the museum’s 2016 Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing contest and will announce the winners at the event. Barreca’s appearances at The Mark Twain House & Museum sell out quickly, so get your tickets NOW by clicking here.

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WINTER SESSION with Hank Herman

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Twain Quotes

  • "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."

  • "Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits."

  • "The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds."

The House

The Word Never Had So Much Meaning Before

About The House

The Museum

Learn More About Twain's Life

About the Museum

Mark Twain

A Life Lived in a Changing World

About Mark Twain


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Bring Twain Home

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