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U.S.S. Cairo Museum

Address: Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3495
Phone Number: 1-636-0583
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Ranked #2 of 28 Attractions in Vicksburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Ships, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.
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Type: History Museums, Ships, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.

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Paris, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Walk through the Cairo and museum of historic items found under the water for so many years. Interesting and scenic.

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Bastrop, Louisiana
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I was awestruck at the size of this ship considering when it was built. You can definitely see why they called them iron clads. It must've looked very intimidating to the opposing force. It's a must see!

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Toledo, Ohio
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23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Have seen pictures of Ironclads but never the real ship. What an amazing piece of history that so much hard work brought back to life for everyone to see. This is a must if you are in the Vicksburg area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

It was so interesting to see the actual vessel - NOT a reproduction! Seeing the area in the battleground that these beached sailors fought was a bonus!

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Austin, Texas
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The Cairo was a work of wonder if you consider what the ship builders designed to serve as a battleship. Only surviving relic out of the group of about 7 ships, built in the civil war era. Cost at that time to build was $190K - over $4 million now. Engineering and design of this vessel was amazing.

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Memphis
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The museum gave a lot of interesting facts. I enjoyed seeing the items recovered from the ship. The Cairo was a really cool relic from the Civil War.

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Searcy, Arkansas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a must see. The Union could never have taken control of the Mississippi without these incredible ships. The story of their development and use is well presented in a small museum and then you get to walk through the remains of the actual ironclad.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Well informed staff and well preserved site. Beautiful tribute to those who fought this battle. History comes alive!

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Antwerp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

For myhusband and I the pavillion with the restored remains of the USS Cairo ironclad boat and the small museum next to it proved to be the highlight of the trail through the Military Park. The history and use of ironclad boats during the Civil war is explained, and there are several dredged up artifacts of the sailors on board... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The ship is in the open air, and there's a small museum attached that contains original knick-knacks from the sunken ship, like cutlery, razors, etc. Makes it come to life.

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