Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site is located in Florida. Use our Florida tour itinerary app to visit Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site on your trip to Florida, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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To access this site, due to Covid-19, pre-registration is required by calling (573) 565-3440 within 24 hours of going. There is a limit on attendees at each time. Currently there are only... more »
This is about a thirty minute drive from Hannibal. We enjoyed learning more about the life of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)). The quality is similar to the Mark Twain boyhood museum in Hannibal. They... more »
It was great seeing the actual house in which Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born. The house is now enclosed within the Mark Twain Memorial Shrine, in Florida, Missouri. I wasn't able to spend enough time there to explore everything the museum has to offer, as my dog Lacey was waiting for me in the car, but I did enjoy seeing the house. The staff was extremely friendly, making my experience even more worthwhile. I also enjoyed viewing Mark Twain Lake from Clara's Overlook, which is just a short walk from the museum.
My family spent a few days in Hannibal seeing the sights and sounds of all things Mark Twain related. We also visited this state historic site, as we were camping in Mark Twain State Park. Admission is free. I really appreciated how this site captured a side of Mark Twain I didn't see as much in Hannibal. The Hannibal locations are more touristy and focus more on the writing of Twain, which is probably the biggest reason most people visit. While that's fine -- and while some of the exhibits in Hannibal are good -- I really appreciated the focus this site has on Twain as the man. The film shown here gets into some of the complexities of Twain's life, including his relationship to the North and South during the Civil War and the emotional highs and lows of his family, including his children. There is a scholarly vibe to the exhibits here that is refreshing. It's not large, so you may not spend more than 1-2 hours here at most, but it's a great little addition to any trip involving Mark Twain. It's also a good place for kids; my grade-school daughters both liked the film and the physical exhibits. Recommended.
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