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The Mark Twain Boyhood Home, now known as the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, is located on 206-208 Hill Street, Hannibal, Missourimarker on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the United Statesmarker. It was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens from 1844 to 1853. Clemens, better known as author Mark Twain, found the inspiration for many of his stories, including the white picket fence, while living here. It has been open to the public as a museum since 1912. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 29, 1962.


The legendary whitewashed fence of Tom Sawyer borders the property. There are six additional museum buildings as part of the complex - the Interpretive Center, Becky Thatcher House, Huck Finn House, J.M Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, Grant's Drug Store, and the Museum Gallery, located at 120 N. Main St. The museum recently acquired the "Becky Thatcher" house (home of Clemens' childhood sweetheart, Laura Hawkins). It also serves as a bookstore and gift shop. During the summer of 2006, the museum completed work on a replica of the "Huck Finn" house (home of Tom Blankenship, the boy upon whom Twain based the character of Huckleberry Finn). The close proximity of the Mississippi River, the Mark Twain Cave, and other settings found in Twain's novel lure thousands of visitors to the museum each year.


The museum's collection includes many first editions by Mark Twain, numerous personal items (including his Oxfordmarker gown), and a vast array of Twain memorabilia. There are many interactive exhibits including a replica stagecoach and river raft. These serve to highlight specific books by Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Visitors can even sound a real steamboat whistle as they look out upon the Mississippi River. The museum also houses the second largest collection of original Norman Rockwell paintings. These paintings were commissioned as illustrations for a special edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The museum also hosts regional art and touring exhibits.

The museum sponsors many events throughout the year including children's events. Their educational outreach programs include teacher workshops, young author workshops [353574], and a creative teaching award. In the summer, the museum is the destination of thousands of visitors. The town of Hannibal celebrate National Tom Sawyer Days over the 4th of July each year complete with whitewashing and frog jumping contests. The boyhood home is a focal point in these events.

See also

Mark Twain Housemarker in Hartford, Connecticutmarker


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