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Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

120 N Main St, Hannibal, Missouri 63401-3537 USA

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“aka Samuel Clemens!”

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. The collections and permanent exhibitions of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum are numerous and varied. If you have specific questions about items, please contact Museum Curator Henry Sweets. Personal Artifacts of Mark Twain Mark Twain’s famous white jacket, believed to be the only one in existence.White Suite The Oxford gown worn by Mark Twain when receiving an honorary doctorate degree at Oxford University in 1907. One of Mark Twain’s pipes. Mark Twain’s writing desk and chair. Mark Twain’s typewriter. Two watches, including the one presented to Mark Twain when he was honored at a banquet in Nevada in 1863. A bronze cast of Mark Twain’s right hand.

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Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

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October 08, 2014
Rated 4.0

Pretty cool place to visit if you've read Mark Twain's books. You can paint the fence, which is a nice tourist attraction, but if my memory serves me right the best part of the area is seeing the island the inspiration for Jackson's Island where Huck Finn chilled with Jim.

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davidprej

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July 24, 2014
Rated 5.0

I stopped here on a trip down the Great River Road from Wisconsin to Louisiana. Stayed at the Garden House B&B which was wonderful. The owner also runs a restaurant 2 blocks down the street, also in an old house. It only seats 30, but has a wonderful atmosphere. I was my myself so they sat me at the 'communal table', which was occupied by locals who just forgot to make a reservation. Excellent food.

It's a quaint little downtown that you can walk around from the Garden House. Well worth the stop.

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Dagoondock

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August 13, 2014
Rated 2.0

Stopped here during my Trip down the Great River Road from Chicago to New Orleans. Cool small town, nicely settled on the Mississippi River. However, unless you're a fan of Twain or history, you won't find much enjoyment. Some nice little antique shops and a very good coffee/chocolate shop in the middle of the downtown strip.

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Reviewed by
anfalcone

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May 06, 2021
Rated 5.0

Adorable town! Def. recommend a quick stop or drive by.

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Jana

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July 11, 2018
Rated 4.0

Great stop for Twain fans or history buffs. Twain's home in Connecticut is much grander than this one was but very intersesting to see. Lots of other shops and things to do in the area. Make a day of it.

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shiitake6301

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January 28, 2018
Rated 4.0

Nice stop for a couple hours. Several houses to walk through. Lots if interesting reading. Cute little town.

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Reviewed by
breid7718

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July 18, 2017

It's a well done little confab of museums, focusing on his home, the homes of the neighbors who inspired Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn and of course, his works themselves. Nice sleepy little town full of antique stores, ice cream parlors and the like.

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Misty

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July 05, 2017
Rated 4.0

The boyhood home of Mark Twain is situated in the quaint town of Hannibal. Hannibal has planned it's riverfront area well. It is clean and has great views of the Mississippi River. Since Mr. Twain is obviously their claim to fame, it is no surprise that they have maintained his boyhood home well and made an effort to add other homes from the period for show. Everything was well appointed, well preserved and well kept. Nevertheless, I didn't feel as informed on Twain by the signage or other materials in the tour there as I did at the birthplace site. It felt very commercialized. With that being said, it is still worth a trip.

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sam_totten

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July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0

I had no idea this place even existed before starting my trip. Stopped here on my way to Kansas City, MO and was pleasantly surprised! Twain's house has been converted into a museum with a really cute gift shop. The strip it's on in the downtown area also has nice antique shops and local dining.

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tonytanner614

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July 23, 2016
Rated 5.0

We were very surprised at how well done this was. We really weren't expecting too much but we're really happy we made the stop.

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Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

120 N Main St
Hannibal, Missouri
63401-3537 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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