1000 Bird Street
Dates & Hours: Guided Tours Daily March 15th – Nov. 15th 10AM – 4PM
The History of Rockcliffe Mansion
Rockcliffe Mansion was built between 1898 and 1900 by lumber baron John J. Cruikshank Jr. for his 2nd wife and four daughters. It is a 13,500 sq. ft. grand residence originally built on a 10 acre estate, and situated on a limestone bluff with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, Lover’s Leap, and historic Hannibal. The family lived in Rockcliffe (as the family called it) until Mr. Cruikshank passed in 1924. It was then closed, vacant and abandoned for the next 43 years. Decorated in the Late Victorian and Art Nouveau styles, most of the original antique furnishings, gas/electric combination lighting fixtures, high-end plumbing fixtures, and personal effects of the original family were preserved and are on display. Rockcliffe is filled with rich mahogany, and quarter sawn oak appointments, magnificent L.C. Tiffany and Palladian windows, and the finest interior decorations from America and Europe. Many of the unique architectural features of the Mansion would be difficult, if not impossible, to duplicate today. In 1967, Rockcliffe was scheduled for demolition, but just days before, its 30 rooms were saved. It is now open to the public for guided tours, and, for a fortunate few, to stay the night in the Museum.
Touring Rockcliffe Mansion
Tour Hours: Guided Tours Daily From 10AM, running continuously all day, with the last tour of the day beginning at 4PM
Rockcliffe Mansion provides a grand docent-led guided tour through the “Turn-of-the-Century” Gilded-Age Mansion. if you’re not staying overnight at Rockcliffe Mansion, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to take the guided tour of its unique and timeless character. Each day Rockcliffe Mansion is open to the general public for tours beginning at 10 a.m., running continuously all day, with the last tour of the day beginning at 4 p.m. Please click through to Rockcliffe’s website (see link above) for current rates and discounts.
Staying at Rockcliffe Mansion
B&B Hours: Check-in no earlier than 4 PM; check-out no later than 10 AM
Rockcliffe also provides a unique bed and breakfast lodging option in Hannibal. Although this historic home is open for public tours during the day, it also serves as a magnificent bed and breakfast after tour hours. This historic lodging option takes visitors back in time, offering a variety of accommodations, including: (a) three 2nd floor chambers – each accommodating up to 2 persons – with private ensuite bath; (b) two 3rd floor chambers – each accommodating up to 2 persons – each with a separate private bath just steps outside of the room; and (c) two 2nd floor suites – each accommodating up to 4 persons – a combination of two rooms – each suite sharing a private bath. Amenities at this bed and breakfast include a complimentary tour of the mansion (a $30 value for a couple), a complimentary wine & cheese reception, as well as a three course home-cooked breakfast served in the elegant formal dining room. Our B&B guests are free to wander the majority of the Mansion’s 30 rooms at night for an up-close look at the history on display. Check-out is no later than 10 a.m., as public tours of the Mansion begin at 10 a.m. Check-in is no earlier than 4 p.m. as the last tour of day begins at that time. Please click through to Rockcliffe’s website (see link above) for current availability, pricing, and to make a reservation.
Not Wheelchair Accessible