HANNIBAL – It might seem boring to spend the day in your hometown, but if you’re from the Hannibal area and take a look around, you’ll find more to do than you might think.
Spend the afternoon visiting one of the Hannibal museums you may not have known about, then enjoy the evening with a show.
Birthplace and Museum of Molly Brown
Open Memorial Day – Labor Day
Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The story of the “unsinkable” Molly Brown lives on in Hannibal in her childhood home. Born in 1867, she grew up in America’s hometown where she even must have heard of the infamous voyage on the Titanic of which she would become one of the best-known survivors.
The heart and mind she knew during the tragic sinking of 1912 began in a small cottage on Butler Street, where young Maggie Tobin grew up to become the “unsinkable” Molly Brown.
The “Unsinkable” Molly Brown was born in Hannibal in 1867 at the start of Hannibal’s Golden Age. Visit the little cottage where Maggie Tobin was born, long before she became the unsinkable Molly Brown.
Take a guided tour to discover how her Hannibal roots influenced Margaret Tobin Brown’s life as “one of the most important voices of the progressive era.”
Group tour rates and times are available. Please call for details.
Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center
217-617-1507 • Free admission
In the heart of downtown, you will be enriched by the story of Hannibal which was once unknown. At Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center, features Daniel Quarles, the man behind Twain’s inspiration for the character “Jim.”
Jim’s Journey highlights the lives of Hannibal’s slaves who lived and died in Hannibal – many of whom are buried in the Old Baptist Cemetery. This important part of Hannibal’s black history was saved by the WPA’s effort to collect accounts from surviving former slaves in the 1930s through the Federal Writer’s Project.
The museum, which offers free admission, also gives an in-depth look at black community life during the Jim Crow era to Hannibal and more.
Jim’s Journey is the first to recognize the life and story of Daniel Quarles and the only African American museum in northeast Missouri.
573-231-0021 call for performance dates and times
After an hour-long performance by Richard Garey at the Old Planters Barn, you’ll feel like you’ve spent an hour with Twain himself.
His portrayal of Samuel Clemens has been experienced by people around the world and from April to July Garey performs at his home theater in downtown Hannibal. Hear the wit and wisdom of Twain served with a Victorian afternoon tea of biscuits, coffee and tea.
Mark Twain live at the Cave Hollow Theater
Jim Waddell is live at the Cave Hollow Theater in the Mark Twain Cave complex.
Waddell’s portrayal of Twain, which has been acclaimed by Twainian scholars for its authenticity, is a perfect start or end to a visit through the author’s famous former playground, the Mark Twain Grotto. You’ll feel like you’re hearing the stories of the man himself.
Representations sea. – Sun. at 2 p.m. from April to November.
Bluff City Theater offers high quality entertainment for people of all interests.
Watch a movie featuring Hannibal’s Lovers Leap titled “Lovers Leap,” which was written and directed by Los Angeles’ Jeffrey Tipton.
It’s a story inspired by the legend and beauty of Lovers Leap, where the majority of the footage was shot. The plot does not follow the same storyline as Hannibal’s tale but includes twists to interweave local legend.
The film will debut at the Bluff City Theater on July 29 and 30.
August will kick off the final month of entertainment summer in Bluff City, starting with the Jeremy Nunes family comedy whose DryBar Comedy Special “Neighborhood Sasq-Watch” is one of the highest rated on the DryBar Channel.
Jeremy Nunes will be at the Bluff City Theater for three shows – Friday and Saturday August 5 at 7.30pm with a special family matinee Saturday at 2pm
August 12-13, St. Louis comic Linda Spall returns as her alter-ego Marjoram Fennell with live music, sight gags and audience participation, the show is tailor-made for the Bluff City Theater titled “Marge Does Hannibal”.
The Summer of Entertainment 2022 series finale show brings master illusionist Jason Hudy to the stage with “up-close and personal magic.”
For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit bluffcitytheatre.com or call 573-719-3226 to order by phone.