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U.S.S. Cairo Museum

Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3495
1-636-0583
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Ranked #2 of 26 Attractions in Vicksburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Ships
Description: Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Seeing all of the artifacts that have been recovered from the wreck was so interesting. The film they showed how the Cairo was brought to the surface was amazing.

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Do not miss this, though it takes a long drive through the VNMP to reach it. An unforgettable experience to walk on its decks, imagine the conditions when it was in battle; to see the many artifacts recovered from its wreck 100 years after it sunk. 170 men served on this ironclad, which sunk 15 mins after hitting a mine.

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Mead, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

They have salvaged this ship from the depths of the Mississippi River and brought it inland. It is a fantastic Museum to visit. You can actually walk into the ship and view it from the inside. Keep in mind, it was at the bottom of the river for over 100 years, so you can't walk all over it. They have... More

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Paris
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Wonderful job of restoration and amazing to go back a hundred years and see what it was really like. The objects in the museum belonging to the sailors were touching

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Situated in the military park there is lots to look at.There is quite a bit of personal stuff which always interests me.

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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This museum features a ship that was sunk during the Civil War and remained submerged for almost 100 years. Incredible that it survived! Inside the museum are a lot of personal artifacts of the sailors and a short video that shows the lengthy and painstaking process to recover the boat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The manner in which the ship is displayed provides a genuine feel for what it must of been like to serve aboard in the day. The artifacts in the adjacent museum help connect you with those sailors who did serve and provide a glimpse into their lives aboard.

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Vicksburg, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The USS Cairo was opened at the Vicksburg National Military Park a few years ago and has been a wonderful addition. You can actually walk around on the deck of the ship. In addition to the ship, there is also a museum that displays many different artifacts that were still on board the vessel when it sank many years ago.... More

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Seeing the Cairo is a real treat. The museum contains interesting artifacts recovered from the ship when it was raised, but that's about it. It doesn't take long to walk through, but the ship is wonderfully preserved and my kids loved being able to actually walk on deck.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

If your doing the battlefield don't miss seeing this it's really intersting and the museum really good got loads stuff the found in the wreck when they got it out

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