Support the Museum

 Support the Museum

Ways to Give:

Our two most pressing needs are funds to restore and reopen the "Becky Thatcher House" and our Endowment Fund

3 Opportunities to Make a Difference


The Mark Twain Museum was established with the original Boyhood Home in 1912. During these past 100 years, we have acquired 7 more building to maintain along with the world famous Tom and Huck Statue. Caring for these historical properties is an ongoing and costly endeavor. Since the economic crisis began in 2008 we have turned our focus to the Endowment Fund.  Our goal is to reach $10 million, which will provide funds for ongoing maintenance, preservation, and daily operations during challenging economic times. Our Endowment Fund has reached $1.4 million. We gratefully accept contributions in any amount.  We also encourage Named and Memorial Endowments. Thank you for considering a donation to the Endowment Fund.

Named and Memorial Endowments can be easily established. Click here for more information.

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In 2001 the Museum purchased the "Becky Thatcher House" that was home to Sam Clemens's childhood friend, Laura Hawkins. Laura became the model for "Becky Thatcher" in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and the home is located across the street from Sam's boyhood home.  It's an important part of the story here in Hannibal, and we were eager to acquire the house and restore it.  The home had suffered from years of deferred maintenance. Its foundation was crumbling and the home was in very poor condition.  We have completed the foundations restoration, and the exterior has been restored to its original appearance.  We were even able to match the color of the original paint by using computer analysis of the original wood.  For years the home has been painted white, but it's now restored to its original honey brown, very similar to the Lincoln home in nearby Springfield, Illinois.  Now we are working on the interior, which is nearly completed. When we are finished, the building will house a museum of childhood in the mid-1800s, with interactive exhibits that tell the story of childhood, including the lives of slave children. There will also be classroom space for teachers and students who visit us on field trips.  Your donation in any amount will allow us to keep working on this home with the goal to reopen it to the public in 2013. Thank you for considering a donation to restore the Becky Thatcher House as a children's museum.

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Operations at the Museum include educational programs, new exhibits, workshops, community events, publications, buildings and grounds maintenance, preservation, presentations, collections and acquisitions, technology, utility bills, and every other detail you might think of. Your donation to operations allows us to put the money where it is most needed to run the Museum properties on a daily basis. During these challenging economic times, we are grateful for any amount you can give. All donations to the Museum are fully tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Thank you for your consideration.

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DONATIONS BY MAIL: If you do not wish to use the online giving form, send your check to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, 120 North Main Street, Hannibal, MO 63401. The Museum also accepts gifts via Visa or MasterCard. Please send your card number, expiration date, amount you wish to give, and name as it appears on the card.

Online Shopping Support

If you are an online shopper you can also support the museum by starting your shopping at Simply select the museum as the not-for-profit that you wish to benefit from your shopping, and then continue with your online purchases. A small percentage of each sale will be donated back to the museum at no cost to you.  You can also support the museum by shopping for Mark Twain merchandise at our online store. We carry a wide selection of Mark Twain gifts and Mark Twain T-shirts and exclusively offer the Heritage Press editions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, illustrated by Norman Rockwell. Your purchases are deeply appreciated.  You can also find your favorite quotes on Mark Twain merchandise and gift items.

Another way to support the museum is by applying for a Mark Twain Museum VISA card. This card has no annual fee, and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to the museum at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Mark Twain Visa

If you have any questions about charitable gifts, please call the Museum at (573) 221-9010, ext. 402.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving Opportunities

Leave a legacy to support the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum through charitable gifts and estate planning.

Planned giving is a method of giving assets which can be integrated into a person's total financial plan. Friends of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum may choose planned giving as a way to extend their support beyond their lifetimes, while benefiting themselves in the present

The Museum is grateful for all types of gifts. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your financial advisers to determine if one or more planned giving arrangements are appropriate for you. Recognizing the highly private nature of such planning, all inquiries and communications are held in strictest confidence and are without obligation.

Planned Giving Programs

  • Gifts of Securities
  • Gifts by Will/Revocable Trust
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Retained Life Estates
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Gifts of Qualified Retirement Plans

Please call (573) 221-9010, ext. 402 to inquire about the possibility of making a planned gift to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.

If you have already included the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in your estate plan, please let us know so we can thank you and welcome you into our St. Petersburg Society.


Tributes or Memorials

The Museum's Tribute and Memorial program is a wonderful way to honor a friend or family member anytime of year. For each contribution a letter of acknowledgment is sent, without mention of the gift amount, to the person or family being honored.

For a special gift, donors may choose to select a memorial or tribute to be named for the individual or family honored. Naming opportunities include bricks inlaid in the walkways on the Museum's properties, trees, benches, and other possibilities. Named and memorial endowments provide a lasting tribute to someone of importance to you.

A tribute or memorial is a perfect to mark a transition or celebration, such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation day, Mother's or Father's Day, or as an expression of sympathy.

If you have questions regarding the Tribute and Memorial program, please call (573) 221-9010, ext. 402.

Click here to give a Tribute or Memorial.

Will You Please Make a Contribution?

Your gift to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum will have a significant impact on the programs, projects, and facilities which help keep alive the spirit of Mark Twain. We invite you to become a member of a generous community with the commitment and foresight to share and teach others about the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain and his works. Your contribution helps provide a secure future for the Museum and enlightenment for generations of visitors from around the world who come to the Museum to learn about this extraordinary writer and the town that inspired him.

There are a number of projects that you may support at the Museum. The Museum is working to realize its master plan, including restoration of three properties, new and updated exhibits to enhance visitors' experience, education programs to encourage the reading of Twain's works and to teach people about subjects related to Twain and his stories, and utilizing technology to make our properties and collections available to people everywhere.

How to Give

The Museum accepts gifts of cash, check, credit card, or securities. You also wish to integrate a planned gift into your overall estate plan. Will you please join us in preserving the legacy of Mark Twain?

If you have any questions about charitable gifts, please call the Museum at
(573) 221-9010, ext. 402.

Click here to Make a Contribution Online



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