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U.S.S. Cairo Museum

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Address: Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3495
Phone Number: 1-636-0583
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Description: Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.

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On Board an Ironclad

I remember learning about the ironclads in junior high (many years ago). I would have never thought I'd actually be standing in one! There is a small museum with exhibits about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Springfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I remember learning about the ironclads in junior high (many years ago). I would have never thought I'd actually be standing in one! There is a small museum with exhibits about the ship and things that were salvaged from it. It's interesting to learn how raising it went about as wrong as possible. Going out to "walk" on the floor... More 

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Austin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

If you are into history and the Civil War, this was an excellent exhibit. It shows the restoration of an Ironclad that sunk in the Mississippi during the war. Very neat exhibit and free.

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Marana, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I have studied the Civil War but never could imagine what an actual Ironsides vessel looked like. Kudos to the National Park Service for this wonderful treasure.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

It is a thought provoking sight, to behold the wooden wreck that was once a 'battle-ship'! The Parks Service has done a great job in presenting it and manning the museum.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The Cairo is a Union ironclad gunboat that was sunk in 1862 and raised in 1964 and is the last of it's kind. You can walk around the boat and visit the museum where there is a lot of interesting artifacts from the ship found in the deep mud that preserved it. There were eating instruments, plates, bottles, buttons, shaving... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The boat is amazing and a great piece of history to view. The fact that there were a number of these boats used during the Civil War to protect the Mississippi River is likely unknown to most people. The artifacts gave a true picture of what life would have been like working and living on the vessel.

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Burleson, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Wonderfully done reconstruction of a Civil War Ironclad. Very well done. Even our 9 and 4 year old grandsons were impressed by the exhibit. The adjacent museum, though rather small, is equally impressive. Great learning experience for grandsons and grandparents. Has real WOW factor.

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Nice museum and gift shop to go with the actual ship which was raised from the river several years ago. Seems to be nice job of preservation of the ship itself.

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momto2boys07
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The USS Cairo is an awesome piece of history and the only gun boat still around. My family and I really enjoyed seeing it and the museum. This is not only educational but fun!

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Excellent park, fantastic museum! We spent over an hour looking over the restored Civil War ironclad gunboat. It is amazing this was in existence 150+ years ago! It was torpedoed and sank in the civil war, is now a museum. Great place to teach the kids or adults some of our US history! Many artifacts in the museum that were... More 

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