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                                                   Things TO DO in Hannibal*

  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Properties:     Explore the roots of Twain’s genius as you discover how a young boy from a small river town became America’s most beloved author and humorist. Tour eight historic properties and museums – See the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, a National Historic Landmark, the newly reopened Becky Thatcher House, Huckleberry Finn House, J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, Museum Gallery and Interpretive Center for one ticket price.

  • Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours:      A history-based guided driving tour all around one of the most haunted towns in America! Climb aboard our shuttle and learn the secrets of many of Hannibal’s most notoriously haunted sites — both past and present. Hear stories of murder and mischief during Mark Twain’s boyhood days in Hannibal, meet the present-day ghosts of the mansions on Millionaires’ Row, and so much more! Tour includes an “investigation” of Old Baptist Cemetery where you’ll walk amongst the graves of slaves and Civil War soldiers and search for signs of paranormal activity!

  • Huck Finn Freedom Center:  Visit Hannibal’s only museum dedicated to the African American who inspired the character of Jim inAdventures of Huckleberry Finn. In Hannibal’s first memorial to “Jim”, aka Daniel Quarles, view Samuel Clemens, the humanitarian, and explore the lives of African Americans who influenced his life and works.You will also have the opportunity to explore the proud history of many African American Hannibal residents who through the generations have called Hannibal, Missouri home.

  • Mark Twain Cave Complex:          Mark Twain Cave is Missouri’s oldest show cave and boasts the status of being a national landmark. Experienced guides will escort you on a 60-minute tour of the cave where the walkways are smooth and there are no steps. The cave is not wheelchair accessible due to its natural state.  Mark Twain Cave stays a constant 52 degrees year round! A light jacket or sweater is recommended on the tours. Sensible walking shoes are suggested while you are on your tour.

  • Hannibal River Cruises on the Mark Twain Riverboat:       The Mark Twain Riverboat has been a unique fixture on the banks of the Mississippi for more than 30 years, offering visitors an up-close view of the Mississippi River during either 1-hour guided tours or 2-hour dinner cruises.

  • Hannibal Trolley Company Sightseeing Tours:        Join us for an old-fashioned trolley ride. Step back in time with us and relive the adventures of Mark Twain’s days in Hannibal. On this guided tour, we offer you the history of Hannibal, show you sights and give you a chance to stop and visit several local attractions. You may depart and re-board our trolley at Mark Twain Cave, Sawyer’s Creek, Rockcliffe Mansion and the trolley depot. Trolleys run open air in the summer months and are enclosed in the early spring and late fall.

  • Rockcliffe Mansion:         Rockcliffe Mansion was built between 1898 and 1900 by lumber baron John J. Cruikshank Jr. for his wife and four daughters. The family lived in Rockcliffe until Mr. Cruikshank passed in 1924.
    Decorated in the Art Nouveau style, popular from 1890-1910, most of the original antique furnishings and gas/electric combination fixtures were preserved and are on display. Rockcliffe Mansion is filled with rich mahogany, oak and walnut appointments, magnificent L.C. Tiffany and Palladian windows and the finest interior decorations from America and Europe. Many of the unique architectural features of Rockcliffe Mansion can never be duplicated.
    The Rockcliffe Mansion was scheduled for demolition after being abandoned for 43 years, but just days before, its 30 rooms were saved and are now open to the public for guided tours.

  • Hannibal Arts Council:       Hannibal boasts a strong arts community offering year-round community arts programs. The Hannibal Arts Council hosts a full exhibit schedule in its galleries, which are open to the public, as well as workshops, school touring and dozens of other quality art programs and services. Enjoy your chance to see some great art and take home a unique Hannibal souvenir! For more information about their current exhibits, visit

  • Bluff City Theater is based in Hannibal, Missouri.  The company was founded in 2013 by Executive Director Joe Anderson.  Bluff City Theater is an artist-driven theater company with an emphasis on literary works that bridge the gap between books and stage.  While not exclusively limited to literature, our goal will be to explore the written word through stage adaptation.  The works chosen can span a wide array of types including drama, comedy and musicals and could incorporate readings and concert formats depending on the scope of the work and the best method of presenting it within the limitations of the theater organization.  The source material can be from anywhere in the world.

  • Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse:     Enjoy a panoramic view of Hannibal and the Mississippi River. To begin your journey up the 244 steps to the lighthouse, head to the intersection of North and Main Street in Hannibal, near the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Statue.  You will be sure to snap some fantastic river photos, as well as pictures of Historic Downtown Hannibal

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