Volunteer and Job Opportunities

The Mark Twain Home Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.     

In accordance with federal law we are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability.


IMG_5922The museum relies on the help of its volunteers to give our visitors a wonderful experience while at the museum. Volunteer opportunities include working both with visitors and helping behind the scenes. We have many different volunteer positions for all different interests and talents.

Volunteers are needed to staff the gift shops and admissions desks, greet visitors, assist with mailings, set up programs, and assist with a variety of other projects.

Remember, when Tom got the boys to whitewash for him, he discovered a great principle: “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” You’re not obliged to come lend a hand, but we hope you do!

All of the opportunities help improve the quality of our museum. We would love to have you be a part of the museum’s vibrant volunteer program! Click here for an online volunteer application, call us at 573-221-9010 ext. 404 for more information or just stop by.


Want to give some of your time and energy to the Museum but don’t want to sit behind a cash register? You are not alone! Join the “Friends of the Mark Twain Museum” organization and work behind the scenes to plan fun events, make fundraisers a success and improve community relations with the Museum. This is an exciting opportunity for people of varying interests and amounts of time to give. The Friends of the Museum are INVALUABLE members of our family here at the Museum!

For more information or to join the Friends, contact Melissa Cummins at melissa.cummins@marktwainmuseum.org or at 573-221-9010, ext. 404.

“What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn’t have done it.” – Mark Twain

Museum Announces Search for New Executive Director                   

The Mark Twain Home Foundation announces search for new CEO/Executive Director to head the Museum.  Applications will be accepted through August 23, 2019.

The job description and qualifications can be found online here.

Interested parties may contact the Museum Board:

President Mike McKay

Mark Twain Home Foundation

120 North Main Street

Hannibal  MO  63401

or        search@marktwainmuseum.org

The Museum announced on Monday, July 1 that Henry Sweets will be stepping down as Executive Director of the Mark Twain Museum on December 31. This will end his full-time work for the Museum which has spanned 42 years.

Sweets will continue with the Museum on a part-time basis with the title of Curator, overseeing the Museum’s collections and exhibits, running the annual Teacher Workshop, and editing The Fence Painter.

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Whitewash Internship Program


“Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?” – Mark Twain

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum internship program offers an opportunity few can say they’ve had: The chance to work for the greatest American author of all time.

Set on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi in the quaint town of Hannibal, Mo., the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is about to make history, as the staff and the community gear up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the museum.

We’re looking for hands-on, hardworking, creative interns to be a part of history.

Currently looking for undergraduate and graduate interns interested in the fields of:

    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Tourism
    • Business
    • Fundraising
    • Writing
    • Curating
    • Web Design
    • Performance
  • Research

Our unpaid internships will include:

    • Flexible scheduling
    • Varying length internships based on your needs and ours
    • Year-round opportunities
    • Hands-on experience
    • One-on-one work with the staff
    • A chance to put your name on real-life projects
    • Indispensable experience for future endeavors
  • A chance to help preserve a piece of American history!

Those interested in this one-of-a-kind opportunity should learn a bit about the museum by visiting our website, www.marktwainmuseum.org and send resume, cover letter and application found below to melissa.cummins@marktwainmuseum.org.