The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, MO consists of eight buildings including six historically significant buildings and two interactive museums whose collections include fifteen original Norman Rockwell paintings. Learn the story of 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 gives you the chance to explore the Hannibal of Samuel Clemens’ childhood and experience the beloved stories he created as Mark Twain through the power of his imagination.
The frame house known as the Mark Twain Boyhood Home was constructed about 1843 or 1844. The John Marshall Clemens family lived here until
leaving town in 1853. Following their departure, this became a rental property. In 1911, it was scheduled for demolition to make way for a larger building.
The Hannibal Commercial Club (forerunner to the Chamber of Commerce) started a fund drive to save the house. Mr. George A. Mahan stepped forward and purchased the house, fixed it up, and gave it to the City of Hannibal on May 15, 1912.
The statue of Tom and Huck was dedicated in 1926 and is still a major attraction for visitors to Hannibal.
There are a number of sites to see while visiting Hannibal from the Mark Twain museums to the caves that tell the story of thier adventures with Indian Joe.
While traveling you will want to make time for a day in Hannibal.
Check with the Hannibal CVB for locations and information: 505 N. Third St.
Phone: (573) 221-2477