The Mark Twain House and Museum
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- Hospitality, Entertainment, Recreation, & Travel
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- Hartford, CT
The Mark Twain House & Museum is a National Historic Landmark located in Hartford, CT. The home of America's most beloved author from 1874 to 1891, this 25-room magical mansion is where Samuel Clemens lived during the period he wrote the works that changed the face of American Literature: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Prince and The Pauper," and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." Carefully preserved and restored, The Mark Twain House welcomes visitors from all over the globe for year-round tours.
In 2010, the museum achieved record-breaking attendance with visitors from 150 different countries and all 50 states, making it one of Connecticut's top tourist attractions. In 2003, The Mark Twain Museum Center opened to the public. A 33,000 square foot, sleek and modern facility designed by Yale School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern, the building is the first green museum in the country and the first LEED certified building in Connecticut. It houses several exhibition spaces, two theaters, a soaring Great Hall, a gift shop and a cafe. The building is available for rental for corporate entertaining and special events. Aside from offering tours of the historic house, the museum offers special programs, events and lectures. Recent appearances have included Ted Koppel, Miss Manners, Roy Blount, Jr., Spike Lee, Henry Rollins, Matt Taibbi, among others.