Summer 2021

Visiting the Museum with Kids

Children are always welcome on our daily guided tours, but this summer we have a couple of special ways for them to visit and explore the museum!

For the safety of younger visitors, those still completing their vaccinations, and those who cannot be vaccinated, everyone visiting The Mark Twain House & Museum must wear masks inside the museum center and historic house.

Growing Up In The Gilded Age

What was it like to learn, play, and grow up in this house? Join us for Growing Up In The Gilded Age, a hands-on tour that explores the everyday lives of Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens.

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Connecticut Summer at the Museum

From July 1 to September 6, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying adult can visit The Mark Twain House & Museum free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program.

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Growing Up In The Gilded Age

What was it like to learn, play, and grow up in Mark Twain’s home?

In this special hour-long interactive tour, young visitors explore the everyday lives of the Clemens daughters—the books, games, and songs they loved, the subjects they studied, and the people they interacted with.

Led by an experienced guide, this inquiry-based tour invites children to think about the ways that childhood and family life in the Gilded Age were similar and different to their own.

This tour is best suited to children ages 4-9; in order to best serve our youngest visitors and fully explore the experience of childhood in this home, the tour does not include the third floor of the house.

CT Summer at the Museum discounts can be used with this specialty tour. Scroll down for further details.

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Connecticut Summer at the Museum

It’s time to explore! From July 1 to September 6, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying adult can visit The Mark Twain House & Museum free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program.

Connecticut Summer at the Museum discounts can be applied to the general Mark Twain House tour OR the Growing Up In The Gilded Age tour.

How to Take Advantage of This Program

Step 1: In our online ticketing system, place a CT Summer at the Museum Package into your online shopping cart. Having this item in your shopping cart unlocks your special CT summer free tickets.

  • You only need one package no matter how many kids you are bringing or how many times you want to visit.
  • You get one accompanying adult per trip.

Step 2: Sign up for/select/register for tickets for the specific tour you’d like to attend.

  • The Mark Twain House is only shown by guided tour. These tours regularly sell out—especially in the summer.  Until you’ve completed both steps of this process, you haven’t reserved spots on a tour. We want your visit to be a great experience, so make sure you’ve reserved spots in advance.

Important Things To Know

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • This program is geared towards families exploring together, not large camp groups.
  • The children and the accompanying adult must reside in Connecticut.
  • Proof of residency may be required (i.e. CT driver’s license or ID card) by a participating museum.
  • Please make sure you check each museum for online advance ticketing and reservations, as they may be required.
  • Participating museums have discretion to administer the CT Summer at the Museum program to the best of their ability and according to their needs.  Certain restrictions may apply and capacity may be limited.  (i.e. limit to one adult per household, block-out dates, exclusions for special events, etc.)  Be sure to check with each museum to learn of any restrictions before visiting.
  • The Connecticut Summer at the Museum program has been made available with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.
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