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Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
Step into the world of one of America's most beloved writers at Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. The museum complex consists of several preserved historical buildings that transport you into the surroundings from which Mark Twain drew inspiration for his works. See the legendary whitewashed fence, the Becky Thatcher house, and a great collection of Twain's personal items, plus rare and early editions of his works. The museum also regularly stages various live events and displays a selection of interactive exhibits. A single admission fee gives you access to all the buildings of the complex, but bear in mind that some of them might not be accessible based on the season. Use our Hannibal vacation planner to visit Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum on your trip to Hannibal, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This was a very educational tour. But I was also glad we had a Groupon for this attraction. I will say all the attractions in Hannibal can be done in one maybe 2 days tops. But start with the museum f...  read more »
  • A nice surprise for an older home and memories. I grew up on a river in California and it reminded me of my adventure as a child. The old house was like my grandmother's, especially the kitchen with t...  read more »
  • Reconstructs the course proposed by the Museum (4 houses) so very sensitive, tender, childhood and adolescence of Mark Twain in interspersing his history and that of its little heroes of the Mississippi... it is really well done, with remarkable quotations from Mark Twain... after that, a visit to the historic downtown very peaceful, a picnic by the River only disturbed by the sirens of a steamer and the way sweet and strong at a time of a train of a km long..un dream...
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  • Im posting here on behalf of the whole town as this is where people will go on their search. We arrived with our airstream, not knowing where to park or anything. We ended up on some side street off of the main street. We spent 2 days there i think. The amazing thing is that NOBODY BOTHERED US! Hannibal was very welcoming. They seemed happy that we were there. It was me, my girlfriend and our baby. We have been to many places where they are just chomping at the bit to run you off. Hanibal was very pleasant and I will go back. Restaruants are good and there are enough of them for a few days. The museums were fun. They do make a lot of milage off that one guy, but i dont care. Its a fun place. So, on the last day, they set up a music concert fright across from our airstream, nobody cared that we were there. The party just sprung up around us. And then dissapeared that evening. No one bothered us. In this day and age..... AMAZING
  • Everyone should visit here at least once and make a day of it. There is so much to do/see/read/take in and just enjoy! It's where all the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn came to life and you get to experience it all first hand. All of the staff we spoke with were incredibly knowledgeable on Mark Twain, the books, and the history surrounding him and the town. I wasn't expecting much out of this - but after experiencing it all first hand, I can't adequately express how much I enjoyed it. I should mention there are *lots* of steps!!
  • This is an excellent museum, made even better since it occupies the actual place where Mark Twain was raised. Lots of information and artifacts about Twain, his life, and his writing. I read Twain in high school, but not since. I'm not even a Twain super-fan, but I still enjoyed the home and museum. So if you have even a passing interest in Twain, or his time in history, I recommend the museum.
  • Well restored homes, insight into Sam Clemens, life during that time.
  • Beautiful museum with very friendly staff. This is a perfect spot for a family day trip to walk, learn, and enjoy the weather. It's perfectly located in the downtown area surrounded with a decent selection of shops and restaurants to visit as you walk to the different sites. Everything has been lovingly restored to give you the feeling that you are seeing things the way they really were when Mark Twain was a child.
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