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Hours & Admission

Hours of Operation

Open 7 days a week!

Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Friday to Sunday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25, January 1, Easter Sunday and July 4th

PLAN AHEAD! Due to the limited capacity on tours, we recommend that you purchase tickets in advance, as tours sell out days ahead of time. If you choose to show up without purchasing tickets in advance, we may not be able to accommodate you and your group.

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Admission

The Mark Twain House Tour

Admission to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut 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. Log in to your member account to redeem your benefits online.

If you have a membership with another museum that participates in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM), you are eligible for complimentary admission to a standard house tour for a member couple.(This discount does not apply to specialty tours such as Graveyard Shift, Get a CLUE, or Living History tours.) Present your membership card with a current NARM sticker at the ticket desk or snap a picture of your NARM membership card and email it to reservations@marktwainhouse.org. We will respond with a promo code you can use to get your discount online.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is next door! As you plan your trip to the Mark Twain House, we encourage a visit to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center the same day. Although the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House & Museum partner on a number of projects we are separate institutions.  For more information and tickets for the Stowe tour visit https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/. There is currently no discount in place for visiting both sites.

The Mark Twain House is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum Program for military families.  From May 21-September 5 the program allows for the military ID holder and up to five family members. The military ID holder can be either active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members. The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military–Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard–including Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card. This program is not intended for military veterans or retirees. Blue Star Families to book online: Email to reservations@Marktwainhouse.org. Use the words “Blue Star Family” in your email and wait for the reply.  You will receive a link and instructions by email. You will need to show the proper ID upon checking in order to redeem your tickets.

Tickets & Prices

General House Tour Pricing

Please note: Pricing for specialty tours (Living History Tours, Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours and Get a Clue! Tours) pricing is slightly higher. Current specialty tour prices are available at the time of your booking. 

Senior Citizens (ages 65+)
$22

Adults (ages 17-64)
$24

Children (ages 6-16)
$14

Children Under 6
FREE!

*Note: all prices listed include the $2.00/ticket processing fee

Parking
FREE!

Museum Only (does not include a tour of The Mark Twain House)
$7.25 ($6 for children 6-16)

Due to the limited capacity on tours, we recommend 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.

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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. Reservations are highly recommended.

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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 – three times! Ghost tours are offered seasonally and are available by reservation only.

 

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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!

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Holiday Tours

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.

For more information, or to join or renew as a library member, please email membership@marktwainhouse.org. The Library Membership application may be found here.

Individuals should contact their local library to ask if they participate in our Library Membership Program.