Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

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Basic Information

Address: 120 N. Main St. Hannibal, MO 63401
Phone Number: 573-221-9010
Fax Number: 573-221-7975
Director: Dr. Cindy Lovell

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Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

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Additional Information

Days and Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Description:

 The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum includes eight buildings (six of these are on the National Register of Historic Places) including two exciting, interactive museums whose collections include fifteen original Norman Rockwell paintings. Come discover how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world's most beloved authors.

A self-guided tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties gives you the chance to explore the Hannibal of Samuel Clemens's childhood and experience the beloved stories he created as Mark Twain through the power of his imagination. Try to plan your visit to catch one of our live performances at the Museum Gallery!

Grade Levels:
K-5
6-8
9-12
Disabled Access:

Wheelchair access to five buildings, DVD available to watch of Boyhood Home. Questions, call 573-221-9010, ext. 409

Admission/Tickets: Groups of 20 or more $5 for students, $8 for chaperones, teachers and bus drivers are free
Registration: Call 573-221-9010, ext. 409
Food: Restaurants within walking distance
Length of Visit: 1.5 to 2 hours
Group Requirements: 20 or more for group rate, must make reservation in advance
Return Policy: No penalty for canceling reservation
Exhibits: 15 original Norman Rockwell paintings, Twain's childhood in Hannibal, five interactive exhibits taking guests through five of Twain's most famous works
Freebies: Free seasonal performances from Mark Twain and Aunt Rachel (call for times), Twain trivia and scavenger hunt available online, free lesson plans available online
Gift Shop/Factory Outlet: Two gift shops with a variety of gifts, teachers receive 10% off in gift shops
Reservations Needed: Yes, call 573-221-9010, ext. 409
Directions:

 Located in beautiful historic downtown Hannibal, 2 hours northwest of St. Louis, just across the Mississippi River from Quincy, Illinois. 

Nearby Attractions: Mark Twain Riverboat Tours, Mark Twain Cave, Free Hannibal History Museum, Trolley Tours, Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours
Mission Statement:

The mission of the Mark Twain Home Foundation is to promote awareness and appreciation of the life and works of Mark Twain and to demonstrate the relevance of his stories and ideas to citizens of the world.

Facility History:

 

 

  • Interpretive Center - includes interactive exhibits
  • Mark Twain's Boyhood Home & Garden - see where Sam Clemens grew up (and where the REAL adventures of         "Tom Sawyer" took place) in a lovely garden flanked by a stone wall built by the WPA
  • Boyhood Home Gift Shop - the original museum, the 1937 stone building built by the WPA
  • Huckleberry Finn House - where the REAL Huck Finn (Tom Blankenship) grew up
  • Becky Thatcher House - home of Laura Hawkins, the inspiration for Becky (currently being refurbished)
  • J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office - where Sam's father held court
  • Grant's Drug Store - where the family lived briefly and where John Clemens died (display viewed through window)
  • Museum Gallery - lovely 2-story building featuring interactive exhibits, the Norman Rockwell Gallery, and treasured         Clemens family artifacts. Time your visit to see a live performance!
  • Tom & Huck Statue - at the foot of Cardiff Hill, available to the public for a great family photo

 

 

Additional Information:

 Teachers, your students will be fully engaged at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties. Our interactive exhibits are hands-on and minds-on!  Kid-tested and teacher approved!  Our historic buildings help to tell the story of an 11 year-old boy whose father died unexpectedly, causing the boy to leave school and earn his own keep in the world.  Sam Clemens lived in Hannibal from the age of 4 to 17. Those who know the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn will feel as though they have stepped inside the pages of the books - the people, places and events happened here in Hannibal, and we have preserved the legacy and brought the tales to life.  Students love to explore the buildings and discover the treasures and artifacts on this exciting self-guided tour.  All learning should be this much fun!  We even provide a scavenger hunts for students, and you may want to look over our 100+ teacher-created free lesson plans before your arrival!