Teachers & Students
Experience the magical home of one of Connecticut’s most important residents. Transport your students back to Gilded Age Hartford.
Bring your students to visit the House where Huck, Tom and Jim were born! Our experts will not only guide your classes through the beautiful rooms where Twain worked and raised his family, but talk about the fascinating times in which he lived and which influenced his books. It’s the perfect way to bring learning to life!
Please make your reservation at least two weeks in advance of your visit. It is also helpful if you have multiple dates in mind. All tours are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register or get more information by using our convenient online form below. Or, contact our school and group booking line: (860) 247-0998 or e-mail GroupTour@marktwainhouse.org.Make a Reservation
Testimonials about Field Trips at the Mark Twain House
"The house had a deep and lasting impact"
"It gave us a chance to experience life in the 19th century"
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House Tour and Education Program
Twain and Stowe House Tours Combo
with “Nook Farm Neighbors” program*
* Billed separately by the two museums at $10 per student and $12 per chaperone apiece
NOTE: Teachers accompanying Student tours are admitted for free.
Field Trip Descriptions and Programs
Priority School Free Visits: Students at priority schools may tour the historic Mark Twain House, explore our two galleries, view our documentary film, and participate in a storytelling program. Ask for details when you submit or call for a reservation.
Guided Tour of The Mark Twain House
Step back in time during a 45-to 60-minute tour of the mansion where Samuel Clemens (”Mark Twain”) lived and worked from 1874 to 1891, a very productive period in which Twain wrote such classics of American literature as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Students will see three floors of Twain’s elegantly decorated home while a tour guide facilitates a conversation about the life and legacy of one of Connecticut’s most famous residents.
The tour meets this Common Core Standard: SL.3-12.1
Hands-On Tour: Everyday Life in Mark Twain’s Hartford
This special 60-minute tour for younger students lets them experience life during the Gilded Age by combining a house and kitchen tour. Students can try on Victorian clothing and, if time permits, participate in an additional timeline activity in the Museum Center that will enhance their knowledge of the importance of Hartford and Mark Twain in United States history. This will draw deeper connections between their lives and the lives of Hartford residents more than 100 years ago!
The tour meets this Common Core Standard: SL.3-5.1
Nook Farm Neighbors (Grades 3-5)
Students will explore the everyday activities of the Stowe and Twain households, two authors who changed the world with their words, through hands-on learning with artifacts and primary sources, as well as try their hand at some expository or narrative writing. The program includes guided interactive tours of both the Stowe House and the Twain House.
Writing and Primary-Source Programs for Students
During this 45- to 60-minute program, small groups of students conduct research from primary and secondary sources to write a biography of an individual who knew Samuel Clemens well, such as family members, friends, or servants. The whole class then compares their biographies, exploring the range of society in Gilded Age America. This program immerses students in rich primary and secondary sources to explore multiple points of view, across different racial, ethnic, class, and geographic divides.
This program meets these Common Core Standards: RH.6-8.1, 2; SL.6-8.1a-d,4; RH.9-10.1; W.6-8.1,2,7-9; RI.6-8.1-6; L.6-8.1-4,6; L.9-10.1-4,6
For a description of the program see this article.
Life on the Mississippi
This 45-minute interdisciplinary activity allows middle school students the opportunity to analyze and evaluate vintage photographs, period songs, regional maps, and other source readings to enhance their understanding of profound changes in society, during the heyday of steamboats on America’s greatest river system.
This program meets these Common Core Standards: RH.6-8.1,4,6; SL.6-8.1a-d; RH.9-10.1,4; RI.6-8.1-6
Critical Thinking for College Preparatory Students: “Mark Twain: AnAmerican Life, 1835-1910″
This program gives advanced students in-depth analysis of primary sources to prepare an essay related to the life and legacy of Mark Twain. Two major themes of American History are explored: race and imperialism. Part I is titled The Shame is Ours: Mark Twain from Slavery to Jim Crow, and Part II is titled Mark Twain and the Rise of American Power.
This program meets these Common Core Standards: RH.9-10.1-3,7-10; RH.11-12.1-3,8-9; W.9-12.1-2,4-5,7-10
Creative Writing: The Mark Twain House Fiction Workshop
Re-write Mark Twain’s work! Students will learn the basic elements of fiction writing, practice their storytelling, and expand their creativity by writing alternative versions of either The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, a new children’s book based on a Clemens family story. This program also teaches students to respond to writing prompts and structured writing activities.
This program meets the Common Core literacy standard W.6-12.3.
Made possible with generous support provided by Lincoln Financial Group.
More About In-School Programs
From Hannibal to Hartford: The History Behind The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer is an American staple. This 45-minute program sets the novel in its context, exploring how both Mark Twain’s own childhood and his life as a new father shaped the book, in the backdrop of an America trying to recover from the harrowing Civil War.
This program meets these Common Core Standards: RH.6-8.2, SL.6-8.2
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: An American Story
This 45-minute presentation underscores the importance of Twain’s masterpiece by placing it within the context of the larger history of race relations in the United States, from slavery to the modern Civil Rights movement. The program demonstrates how the book continues to be a catalyst for positive social change when framed within a larger curriculum.
This program meets these Common Core Standards: RH.6-8.2, SL.6-10.2
Mark Twain in Connecticut, 1871 – 1910
Students explore the history, society, and economy of Gilded Age Hartford through the lives of the Clemens family and their illustrious neighbors. Twain once said of Hartford that “I think this is the best-built and handsomest town I have ever seen.” Exploring the social context of his greatest period of literary success, the program chronicles the stories and families of Nook Farm, in Hartford.
This program meets these Common Core Standards: RH.6-8.2, SL.6-10.2
Mark Twain: America’s Master Storyteller
This 20-minute program introduces Mark Twain to a younger audience, and allows them to actually try to do what Twain did best: make up stories! Just as Twain created nightly bedtime stories for his three daughters using for inspiration the bric-a-brac on the mantel in the library of his home, so too will students be asked to collaboratively improvise the telling of a new story based on a selection of Victorian objects that they may have never seen before. The results are certainly creative, but they are also almost always hilarious!
This program meets these Common Core Standards: SL.3-12.1,4