Hours & Admission
Hours of Operation
PLEASE NOTE: The Mark Twain House and Museum will be closed for tours all day Tuesday, November 3 for Election Day, as well as Thursday, November 5 at 2pm and all day Friday, November 6 due to gala preparation.
Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The first tour of the day will begin at 10:30 a.m and the last at 3:30 p.m.
We want your visit to be a great experience. Due to the limited capacity on tours, we require that you purchase your tickets in advance. If you choose to show up without purchasing tickets in advance we may not be able to accommodate you and your group. Please see our Guide to Visiting section for answers to commonly asked questions.
The Mark Twain House Tour
Admission to the Mark Twain House is by guided tour only. Our expert guides will show you the beautiful Stick Style 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.
Members of The Mark Twain House & Museum receive free admission.
Let’s GO Arts! cardholders are eligible for a $2 discount on regular tours of the Mark Twain House. (This discount does not apply to specialty tours such as Graveyard Shift, Get a CLUE, and Living History tours.) Present your card at the ticket desk to get your discount.
Discounts are available to those who wish to tour both The Mark Twain House and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. *Note: The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is closed until January 2021.*
Tickets & Prices
Senior Citizens (ages 65+)
Adults (ages 17-64)
Children (ages 6-16)
Children Under 6
$6 ($4 for children 6-16)
*Does not include the tour of the Mark Twain HouseBuy Tour Tickets
Living History House Tours
Step back in time with our Living History Tours. See the Mark Twain House from an entirely different perspective when you join a costumed member of the family or staff for a behind-the-scenes look at life with Samuel Clemens. Each tour is one hour and 15 minutes long and includes opportunities not available on a regular house tour. These tours are currently offered on weekends only. Reservations are highly recommended.Buy Tickets
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours
Ghostly tales and stories of spirits surround the Mark Twain House. 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 and are available by reservation only.
*Sold out for 2020. Ghost tours will return in 2021!*Buy Tickets
Get a 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 actors from SEA TEA IMPROV playing Twain’s beloved characters/suspects and all the murder, mayhem, and merriment one would expect from Sam Clemens! These tours were featured on the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours!Buy Tickets
Every year from late November through January 1 Twain’s mansion is adorned as it was for holiday celebrations from 1874 to 1891, when the author, his wife, and their three daughters lived in the house. The Mark Twain House tour is adapted to share many stories and details of how the Clemens Family celebrated the Holidays. All of our public tours during this period will included holiday material.
Library Membership Pass Program
The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to welcome visitors through our Library Membership Program. A library membership pass is available, in partnership with local libraries, to offer patrons discounted admission to the museum. Purchasing a library membership provides your patrons with access to Mark Twain’s historic home, as well as our Webster Bank Museum Center, featuring two exhibitions and a short film about Twain’s life by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns.
Individuals should contact their local library to ask if they participate in our Library Membership Program.