The Mark Twain Riverboat and Hannibal skyline
Painting the fence in the backyard of Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home & Museum
Riding the Hannibal Trolley
The Mark Twain Cave’s impressive layers
Visitors become a part of the story at Mark Twain Museum Gallery
Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home & Museum
Quaint brick streets lined by historic homes
Showcasing Main Street's shops and architecture
Statue depicting a young Mark Twain in Schwartz Gardens at Glascock's Landing
Step into the living world of Mark Twain
Where the Twain Meets
Walk in Twain’s footsteps, discovering the places that inspired "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Explore the eight buildings that comprise The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum to see the writer’s childhood home, a National Historic Landmark and one of the earliest home preservation projects in the country. Visit the home of Laura Hawkins, the little girl who inspired the character of Becky Thatcher; Mark Twain’s father’s Justice of the Peace office; 15 original Norman Rockwell paintings and a reproduction of the home of Tom Blankenship (Twain’s inspiration for Huckleberry Finn), as well as buildings featuring hands-on exhibits and artifacts detailing Twain’s life. Go to the back of Twain’s house to paint the famous whitewashed fence.
Tour Mark Twain Cave, Missouri’s oldest show cave and the cave in which the writer played as a child in Hannibal. While there, wine lovers can sample the unique Mark Twain vintages exclusive to the site’s Cave West Winery (and don’t leave Hannibal without sampling the cave-aged cheeses and homemade fudge). Catch a stage performance by a Mark Twain actor at historic Planter’s Barn Theater or Cave Hollow Theater. Ride the Mark Twain Riverboat on the Mighty Mississippi River, where narrated cruises take you past Hannibal landmarks and places Twain memorialized in his work like Cardiff Hill and Jackson’s Island.
Classic Fun and More History
Stroll historic downtown Hannibal to browse locally owned shops, dine at restaurants nestled along the river as well as visit art galleries and theaters. Learn more about the Titanic’s Unsinkable Molly Brown, enjoy playing miniature golf or tour a mansion. Outdoor enthusiasts will find Hannibal’s 20-plus parks full of scenic overlooks, challenging walking and biking trails, and historic statues. Golfers can enjoy Hannibal’s fine public courses. Watch Hannibal’s streets come alive at one of the many festivals that take place each year.
Along with Mark Twain, Margaret Tobin Brown, known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” after the Titanic disaster, also made Hannibal her home.
Though Mark Twain wrote about Hannibal often during his career, he never specifically named it in his work, calling Tom Sawyer’s home “St. Petersburg.”