The Mark Twain House & Museum is restoring its Mahogany Suite and Carriage House Barn area, projects along with other infrastructure work that could be completed by the end of the year.
The museum's projects, supported with a $2.2 million grant from the Connecticut Bond Commission, will enhance the visitor's experience while improving the grounds and facilities, the museum said Wednesday.
Visitors come from all 50 states and approximately 75 countries annually. In 2015, approximately 68,000 people toured the house. The museum's goal is 75,000 this year and a continuation of that upward trend.
The museum also initiated "Living History" house tours featuring costumed actors recreating the roles of original inhabitants. More than 1,600 specialty tours were booked between March and July, Cindy Lovell, executive director, said.
"The new tours have invigorated our tourism outreach and excited visitors," said Lovell. "We worked a full year behind the scenes before launching, and the results speak for themselves. Now, with the restoration projects fully underway, we will continue to strategically plan for the sesquicentennial of the house in 2024. With tourism numbers increasing steadily and completion of these significant capital projects, we are confident we will attract even more visitors to Connecticut."