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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 25 Attractions in Vicksburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Ships, Museums
Owner description: Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.
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Type: History Museums, Ships, Museums
Owner description: Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.

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Nevada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Loved the history and walking around the Cairo. It is amazing how much was preserved as it sat at the bottom of the Yazoo River for 102 years.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Have seen in in pictures, but being able to board the boat and tour the museum brought it to life for me.

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FORT WALTON BEACH
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138 reviews 138 reviews
49 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This museum is so well done, and being able to walk into the iron-clad gunboat, U.S.S. Cairo, is in itself worth the tour. The gunboat is actually what was salvaged after being sunk close to 100 years prior, with wooden structures and supports making up the remainder of the exhibit - excellent! The gunboat is separate from the museum, which... More 

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Acworth, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great museum ... everyone there also happy to answer any questions and a little gift shop also has some nice things.

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Jasper, Arkansas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

It is wonderful to see these kinds of things preserved for all to learn from and enjoy. Take picture taking opportunity for the family.

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South Elgin
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

while I was a little disappointed in the military national park (it does not "flow" like Gettysburg), I was totally surprised and impressed with the U.S.S. Cairo Museum. It is so very much worth the trip. The restoration and storyline is very impressive

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Oakdale, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Visiting this ship, we were able to see a video before visiting on how they found it and brought it up. It is in a perfect location to visit in the Military Park.

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Western Wisconsin
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35 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Something out of the ordinary. Extremely well displayed, both inside and outside. Museum has many artifacts as well as a short film. Actual restoration is fantastic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Great battlefield site. I was amazed by the size of the USS Cairo, seeing the restored frame of the ship and reading the information on the ship was very impressive. I have been to many civil war battlefields but this was one of the most enjoyable and informative. The story of the recovery of the ship and the commitment of... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The USS Cairo was raised from the bottom of the Mississippi and the surviving pieces have been reassembled with platforms so you can walk through it. Informational signs provide some background and highlights of the early "ironclads." Probably a 15-30 minute stop for most people.

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