Group Tour Information

Group Tour Information

Mississippi River"I have found out there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them." - Mark Twain 

A tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum will be a memorable trip for your group!

Our properties allow your group to be easily dropped off at the door, where restrooms and a water fountain are easily accessible. Groups then go through the properties at their own pace, allowing everyone to see the Museum properties at their leisure.

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is open 9 to 5 daily, 7 days a week, and includes eight buildings (six of these are on the National Register of Historic Places) including two exciting, interactive museums whose collections include fifteen original Norman Rockwell paintings. Come discover 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 properties gives you the chance to explore the Hannibal of Samuel Clemens's childhood and experience the beloved stories he created as Mark Twain through the power of his imagination. Try to plan your visit to catch one of our live performances at the Museum Gallery!

The Museum properties are nestled in the heart of historic downtown Hannibal, allowing your group to browse the many unique shops and take in the scenic peacefulness of the muddy Mississippi during their tour.

We work hard to make your group tour an enjoyable experience. If you have special needs or questions regarding a tour, please give us a call or email us and we'll do everything we can to help.

Properties Tour

Each of our buildings has a unique and exciting history. For a virtual tour and information about our buildings, click here.  For a map of Hannibal, click here.  To view the Boyhood Home, visit our webcam.

2013 Prices

Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a group rate:

$5.00 for Children (6-17)
$8.00 for Adults (18+)

Your ticket gives you the following access to these Museum Properties:

  1. Interpretive Center - includes interactive exhibits
  2. Mark Twain's Boyhood Home & Garden - see where Sam Clemens grew up (and where the REAL adventures of         "Tom Sawyer" took place) in a lovely garden flanked by a stone wall built by the WPA
  3. Boyhood Home Gift Shop - the original museum, the 1937 stone building built by the WPA
  4. Huckleberry Finn House - where the REAL Huck Finn (Tom Blankenship) grew up
  5. Becky Thatcher House - home of Laura Hawkins, the inspiration for Becky NOW OPEN!
  6. J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office - where Sam's father held court
  7. Grant's Drug Store - where the family lived briefly and where John Clemens died (display viewed through window)
  8. Museum Gallery - lovely 2-story building featuring interactive exhibits, the Norman Rockwell Gallery, and treasured         Clemens family artifacts. Time your visit to see a live performance!
  9. Tom & Huck Statue - at the foot of Cardiff Hill, available to the public for a great family photo

We suggest at least 1 to 1 1/2 hours to view all of the buildings.

Booking a Tour

Booking a tour with the museum is easy! Simply call the museum at (573) 221-9010 ext. 409 or click here to fill out our online form. Our helpful staff  will then put your reservation in our database and send you a confirmation letter confirming your group's reservation. No advance deposit or payment is necessary - simply bring payment in the form of cash, check or charge card the day of the visit. This form is not a binding agreement; you will not be penalized if you are forced to reschedule or cancel your tour.

Group Tour Perks

Want something to entertain your group on your bus ride to the museum?  Why not print off our fun Twain Trivia page for the tour bus ride and test your group!  And, once you arrive, challenge yourselves with our Scavenger Hunt.

The Museum always welcomes bus groups and wants to make sure your time in Hannibal is enjoyable!  The Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau can provide welcome bags for your group on arrival to Hannibal.  You can also arrange to have Hannibal's official "Tom & Becky" greet your group.  For more information about these special group benefits, visit the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau website.


School Tours

Teachers, your students will be fully engaged at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties. Our interactive exhibits are hands-on and minds-on!  Kid-tested and teacher approved!  Our historic buildings help to tell the story of an 11 year-old boy whose father died unexpectedly, causing the boy to leave school and earn his own keep in the world.  Sam Clemens lived in Hannibal from the age of 4 to 17. Those who know the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn will feel as though they have stepped inside the pages of the books - the people, places and events happened here in Hannibal, and we have preserved the legacy and brought the tales to life.  Students love to explore the buildings and discover the treasures and artifacts on this exciting self-guided tour.  All learning should be this much fun!  We even provide a Scavenger Hunt for students, and you may want to look over our 100+ teacher-created free lesson plans before your arrival!

Map

For a map of Hannibal, click here.

Properties Tour

Each of our buildings has a unique and exciting history. For a virtual tour and information about our buildings, click here.

Prices

Our school group rates are:
Students (ages 6 to 17) - $5.00
Teachers - Free
Bus Drivers - Free
Chaperones - $8.00

Booking a Tour

To book a tour, simply call the Museum at 573-221-9010 extension 409.

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