THE MARK TWAIN HOUSE & MUSEUM
ROLLS OUT A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE HOME
Look around the Mark Twain House in a whole new way
with a new room added every Monday morning!
Starting on Monday, November 10, and continuing every Monday through February, The Mark Twain House will be rolling out a new 360-degree panoramic Virtual Tour of the Mark Twain House. See the house is a whole new light, and prepare for an in-person visit!
Rolling out this first Monday is an exterior view of the house, which starts with the startling shot above. Enjoy being able to examine the intricate detail of this picturesque gothic mansion and the wonderful view of the front yard and Carriage House.
Subsequent Mondays will show the Front Hall, the Drawing Room, the Dining Room, the Library, and then on to the second and third floors of Mark Twain’s wonderful historic home. National Geographic recently named The Mark Twain House “one of the ten best historic homes in the world” in The 10 Best of Everything book. Only two other homes in the United States made that list–Monticello and Mount Vernon.
Visit the new interactive map of the house to see these panoramic virtual tours, and enjoy a taste of what people on the house tours experience in person! (The Virtual Tours can also be found by clicking on the House tab on the home page of the MarkTwainHouse.org, then clicking on Virtual Tours on the right side menu.)
Executive director Cindy Lovell believes the virtual tours will boost visitation to the House. “We have undertaken a serious initiative to increase tourism and are confident these 360-degree virtual tours are a step in the right direction,” she said. “Seeing the unique details of the home, such as the Tiffany stencils or the angel bed, should sufficiently intrigue viewers to come visit. We also realize that there are millions of Mark Twain fans around the world who may never have the opportunity to visit in person. This offers the next best thing.”
Photographer Chris Bain (chrisbain.com) created the tours on a sunny, fall morning. “I have photographed many beautiful sites all around the world, but there is something extraordinary about this place,” he said. “When I first walked into the Front Hall, I turned my head in every direction, immediately wanting to create a 360-degree virtual tour. It is easy to imagine the family appearing at any moment. The house feels lived in.”
Mark Twain was fascinated by technology, including the evolving process of photography. The Kodak camera was invented during his lifetime, which enabled just about anyone to become a photographer. “Kodak” became a verb as people “kodak’d” everything and everyone in sight. Twain playfully wrote in Following the Equator, “Crossed the equator. In the distance it looked like a blue ribbon stretched across the ocean. Several passengers kodak’d it.” There is no telling what he would say about these virtual tours of his home, but it is likely he would approve.
The Mark Twain House & Museum (www.marktwainhouse.org) has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where Samuel L. Clemens and his family lived from 1874 to 1891.
In addition to providing tours of Mark Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.
The house and museum at 351 Farmington Ave. are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-247-0998 or visit www.marktwainhouse.org.
Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts and the Greater Hartford Arts Council United Arts Campaign.