News Release 014

The museum at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site closes temporarily for repairs

Volume 38-014 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JAN. 14, 2010 -- The museum at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site in Monroe County has been closed temporarily for repairs, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today.

A leak in a portion of the museum's roof damaged the roof and the museum's ceiling before the leak could be repaired. The portion of the roof that was damaged is above the chamber that houses the birthplace cabin and associated exhibits and artifacts. This has necessitated the closing of the museum until repairs can be completed. Staff from the department are working with the Office of Administration and a state contractor in assessing the damage and determining what must be done to repair the ceiling as well as remove a low concentration of asbestos.

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, located in Florida, Mo., contains the two-room 1830s cabin where Samuel Langhorne Clemens, author-humorist Mark Twain, was born. The cabin is protected in this museum, which also includes exhibits and personal belongings of Twain.

For more information, contact the site at 573-565-3449 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit