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Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

120 N. Main St.
Hannibal  Missouri  63401
United States
(573) 221-9010
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Spend a couple of hours browsing the places that bring Twain's past and characters to life.

The amazing thing about this primary attraction is seeing buildings Twain made famous in his books. The Boyhood Home and Museum consists of eight buildings just a stone's throw from the Mississippi. The buildings include the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, Interpretive Center, Huckleberry Finn House, Becky Thatcher House, J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, Grant's Drugstore/Pilaster House and the Museum Gallery. The complex got started in 1912 when a local man purchased the dilapidated dwelling where Twain grew up and gave it to the city of Hannibal. The Mark Twain Foundation operates the properties, most of which are clustered on Hill Street near the end of North Main Street. One ticket buys admission to the entire complex. (Note: On the north end of main street is the "Tom and Huck Statue." With its life-size figures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, the bronze statue has been a Hannibal landmark since 1925.) Visitors enjoy the collection of Twain's personal items (including the university gown Twain wore when Oxford gave him an honorary degree and what is believed to be the only remaining white suit jacket of Twain's in existence), quotations and scenes from his books. Another crowd-pleaser is the Norman Rockwell Gallery, which contains 15 original paintings that Rockwell did for special editions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in the 1930s. Admission charged.

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