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Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

Address: 37352 Shrine Road, Florida, MO 65283
Phone Number: 573-565-3449
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Florida
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Nothing says “Missouri literature” like Mark Twain. And nothing says “Mark Twain was here” like the...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Nothing says “Missouri literature” like Mark Twain. And nothing says “Mark Twain was here” like the state historic site that bears his name. Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site has the two-room rented cabin Samuel Clemens – Twain’s real name – was born in, first editions of many of the author’s works, a handwritten manuscript of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and many of the furnishings from Twain’s Connecticut home. The site also has a public reading room for personal study and research.
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Vonore, Tennessee
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326 reviews 326 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The Museum is set in a lovely state park on the river and with nice hiking and camping facilities., the birthplace is a two room cabin situated inside the museum. There are a surprising number of Twain artifacts, including his carriage and some furniture from his Connecticut home. The cabin is furnished with pieces from the period. There are exhibits... More 

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Kirksville, Missouri
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This shrine/museum is built around the "birthplace cabin" there is quite a bit to see here but really doesn't take long to go through. There are also souvenirs available here from the state park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, is the famous literary icon and humorist, renowned for such books as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was born in a log cabin that is housed in the museum at this state park just outside of Florida, MO where the home was originally located. (It wasn't... More 

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Bean Creek MO
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

On the West side of Mark Twain lake in the once vibrant village of Florida is the home to the birthplace museum. The museum, while small contains the Clemens family home and many period artifacts and historical information. The grounds include a scenic picnic area overlooking the lake... Walk the Florida trail and you will most likely see many deer... More 

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St Joseph Missouri
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Don't leave the area without visiting here, Very well maintained, Very pleasant and helpful people So much history, well presented in an interesting way, and FREE Don't hesitate to Leave a generous donation, You'll agree after your visit

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Bates City, Missouri
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31 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Mark Twain's birthplace is preserved inside a museum at the Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site located near Florida, MO near Mark Twain State Park. There is no cost for admission. The museum is full of artifacts from Mark Twain's past including furniture, clothing, the home of his birth, and tools which were used during that time period. It is... More 

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Lees Summit
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45 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This museum is very small, with only two rooms. One of the rooms has Mark Twain's actual birth home inside; and the other is a museum with a 24 minute video about him. The cabin is furnished with items from that time period, and there are some furnishings from his house in Connecticut. It's a cool, informative little museum you... More 

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westchester, ny
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24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This place was fantastic. The museum has many neat artifacts from Mark Twain's writing career, including original manuscripts and contracts. Unfortunately you can't take photos, even though everything is protected in display cases. The house he was born is features period-piece furniture, and the displays around the outside of the house demonstrate what life was like in the 1800's: spinning... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I have visited this small museum at least twice. I knew Mark Twain novels were impactful and shaped American literature, but I had forgotten the extent of the impact. This museum will help you understand. The museum includes the house of the Clemens family and it walks you through stages of Clemens' life and literature. Lots of artifacts, items from... More 

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We enjoyed our visit to this site, a little out of the way but worth the drive. It is actually in Florida Missouri.

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