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Mark Twain Boyhood Home, Hannibal

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Step into the world of one of America's most beloved writers at Mark Twain Boyhood Home. 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. Add Mark Twain Boyhood Home to your Hannibal travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hannibal day trip tool.
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  • Seeing the houses of the people that inspired Mark Twain to write characters based upon them, was interesting and brought the characters to light. We began at the Interpretive Center where we...  more »
  • Very informative - good signage to explain what you are looking at. The tour begins at the museum, and leads next door to the boyhood home, across the street to Becky Thatcher's home, next door to...  more »
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  • If you love literature, especially Mark Twain. It is a great source of information about Twain's childhood and sources of some of his best works.. The collection of Norman Rockwell's original illustrations for the book, Tom Sawyer is a must see. A bonus is downtown Hannibal,a lively river town the has a real 18rh century feel.
  • The Boyhood Home is an enjoyable experience for families that is faithful to Mark Twain's literary achievement. Suggest taking the time to visit the historical buildings as well as the museum, it's worth it. PS The nearby 'Jim's Journey' is not part of the Boyhood Home, but complements it by highlighting the African American experience in Hannibal.

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