The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Mark Twain House & Museum

For a unique wedding experience, couples can use the venue at the Mark Twain House & Museum, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Celebrating the author of the famed “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” novel, this venue contains Twain's family home and grounds on the property. Couples have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to use the historic mansion for their ceremony and reception. The venue is set minutes away from downtown Hartford and the many parks along the Connecticut River.

Facilities and Capacity

The largest space at at the Mark Twain House & Museum is the indoor Hal Holbrook Hall, which can accommodate 100 guests for a seated dinner and 250 individuals for a cocktail reception. The Cafe is a cozy area perfect for dinners, parties, and cocktail hours for up to 50 seated or 75 standing guests. The Terrace is located directly next to The Cafe, and is an outdoor space containing chairs, tables, rocking chairs, and umbrellas. Guests are free to park at the provided parking area near the property.

Services Offered

As this venue is located in a very historic and important part of the past, the museum allows private tours of the Mark Twain House and exhibits for special events for a very distinct experience. Due to the house’s historic nature, no food or beverage is allowed inside the House, although the museum does provide a preferred catering list for certain vendors allowed to utilize the full catering kitchen at The Cafe. They also provide flatware, glassware, linens, chairs, tables, and a dance floor for ceremonies, receptions, engagement parties, elopements, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners.

History

Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, and his wife, Livy, contracted the house to be built in 1874. Containing three floors, 25 rooms, 11,500 square feet, and the latest modern amenities with gaslights, hot and cold running water, a shower, flushing toilets, ductwork, features that ran on batteries, and an early telephone, the house was a luxury in its day. Numerous short stories, a play, and well-known works such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “Old Times on the Mississippi,” and “A Tramp Abroad” were crafted inside the mansion.

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The Mark Twain House & Museum FAQ

  • Describe your venue: Historic Building, Mansion, Museum
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Clean Up, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking
  • What months are included in your peak season? May, June, September, October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, December

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  • 351 Farmington Ave. Hartford, 06105 See on map
    860-431-2505 (Phone number)

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