March 9 | 7pm EST

TO RAISE A BOY: Washington Post Journalist Emma Brown on 21st Century Parenting

Fueled by the question “How will I raise my son to be better?”  Washington Post reporter Emma Brown spent a year speaking to hundreds of people including coaches, educators, researchers, parents, and boys themselves, all resulting in her latest book To Raise a Boy. 

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March 11 | 7pm EST

MIKE NICHOLS – A LIFE: Mark Harris in conversation with Frank Rizzo

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March 17 | 7pm

ROBERT E. LEE AND ME: Brigadier General Ty Seidule in Conversation with Jeffrey Nichols

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Tell us a story and it could make it to the stage! In partnership with The Bushnell, we’re launching Page to Stage, a short story writing competition. The contest will be judged by New York Times bestseller and author of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, Ransom Riggs! Learn more and get started on your short story today!

Submission deadline: March 15, 2021

First Prize | $500 plus a staged reading of the short story and one-on-one conversation with Ransom Riggs

Second Prize | $250

Third Prize | $125


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In Memory of Hal Holbrook: 1925-2021

The Board and Staff of The Mark Twain House & Museum wish to extend our condolences to the family and many friends of Hal Holbrook, the great actor who passed on January 23. So well-known and beloved for his vivid, delightful, funny, and principled portrayal of Samuel Langhorne Clemens — our Mark Twain — he had a long and very personal attachment to the house in Hartford.

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Dear friends,

Due to the increasing numbers of COVID 19 cases in Connecticut and on a national basis, The Mark Twain House & Museum has reviewed the situation and concluded that for the safety of the general public and our staff that we will remain closed for both general and living history house tours.

At this time, we ask for your continued support as we once again tread uncertain waters, you are our lifeline. Like every small business, we face serious obstacles and our ticket sales are a big part of our financial health. Please continue to join us in the virtual realm for…

Author events and Trouble at Home talks 

Innovative education programming

Our 3-D house tour

Online shopping, and more.

Please keep an eye on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as our emails to learn more about upcoming programs and our touring status. We need and appreciate your donations, if you are able to support us through this troubling time.

Be safe and stay well,

Pieter Roos

Executive Director



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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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."

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From this house, Mark Twain changed the way the world sees America and the way Americans see themselves. We continue the conversation he began.