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U.S.S. Cairo Museum

Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3495
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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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Sacramento, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, we arrived just as a thunderstorm was passing through. We could go to the interior museum and gift shop, which was moderately interesting and just too small. Only a few displays of things found int the wreckage and a short OLD video about the restoration. The thing we obviously wanted to see was the Cairo, which is in front... More

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Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

What amazed me was how modern it looked-similar to the stealthy boats the US Navy has today, wow! The artifacts that were recovered from the boat were amazing-the medicines, food, silverware, etc., very well done museum!

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Bellevue, Nebraska
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

My favorite part of Vicksburg, by far. Walk around and through the reconstructed ship, then visit nice little museum next door to see what was recovered from inside.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

As part of the battlefield it is worth the time to explore. Do not miss the artifacts inside, behind the ship..

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Conway, AR
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133 reviews 133 reviews
21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

This museum is a cool thing to see. This is very a interesting museum and this is something that you do need to see if you are in Vicksburg.

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
34 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This museum is amazing really - where else would you see a iron clad destroyer in the middle of the countryside. Really interesting little museum plus this enormous boat - definitely should visit if you are in Vicksburg

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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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183 reviews 183 reviews
123 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Half way the tour road from the Military park you can visit this small museum. Outside you can see the ironclad gunboat. Inside there is a small video about the salvage of the boat and lots of artifacts that were found. The fee is included in the Military park fee.

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Dallas, TX
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100 reviews 100 reviews
10 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Someone has already said it: This museum deserves an hour or two of your time. I cannot imagine a better reconstruction and display of the boat itself, situated in remarkably even lighting without glare and comfortable walkways that bring viewers almost to touching distance. Beyond its meaning for the war, the boat demonstrates river engineering of that era. Inside the... More

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Vicksburg, Mississippi
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Fun, cool stop while driving thru NMP, but not the largest of museums. Ten minutes inside will do, but walking around the resurrected wreck of the Cairo, picturing yourself on-board in those tight quarters in those horrible conditions is the best part. Can be reached via back entrance of park near Ft Hill without having to go through entire route... More

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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very nice museum. Worth spending a couple of hours looking at the artifacts and history of the boat.

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