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Hannibal, Missouri- The Mark Twain Museum Gallery

Stacey and I started our Mark Twain Tour at the Mark Twain Museum Gallery and we were instantly transformed into children again. The bottom floor of this museum is very interactive. There are giant book statues turned to pages of some of Twain’s greatest works with fun illustrations, a stagecoach to sit in playing portions of a Mark Twain movie, and so much more.

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Twain’s writing desk

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Stacey and me playing in the stagecoach

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Tell me another story, Twain!

Of course, there’s a whole Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn section since this is the town that inspired those beloved characters. This section was especially fun! There was the cave from the story where we were like little kids playing. We walked through the cave where I jumped when the robber lit up or the bat screeched. It was so much fun! Around the back side of the cave was a fence where you could “have a go” at whitewashing! Our favorite part of the downstairs, though, was the raft that they had built! It was built so it looked (and felt) like it’s sitting on the Mississippi, and there are seats on it so you can watch scenes from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn movie while they’re on the raft. So fun!

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I’m totally into this place!

As you go up to the second level, there’s a big open window, where it looks like you’re steering a riverboat onto the Mississippi! You can turn the helm and pull the whistle! (We made a little Instagram video of it- you can watch that here!)

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The top floor is an homage to artwork associated with Mark Twain and his books. The coolest artwork, though, was a series of eight Normal Rockwell paintings that he did for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. They’re so much fun! There are also a ton of representations of Mark Twain!

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This museum is well worth a visit. There are so many different aspects (even more than I mentioned), interactive things, and so much to see! This is included (along with all the homes) with the ticket. This is such a cool museum and definitely worth the 4-hour drive!

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    Know-All
    December 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    the photographs really transport me back in time..when as a kid, I ready all those adventures of tom and huck finn! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      PaigeBrown
      December 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      They’re great books! It was a ton of fun to live them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    swabby429
    December 11, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Ol’ Sam Clemmens is my all time favorite author. Thanks for the photos.

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      PaigeBrown
      December 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      He’s really incredible- one of my favorites too. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    leggypeggy
    December 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Love Mark Twain. Now I need to visit Hannibal. Thanks for visiting and liking my blog.

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      PaigeBrown
      December 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks for visiting mine! Hannibal is pretty cute, and it was really cool visiting all of the Mark Twain stops.

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