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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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Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.

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Great piece of history

The USS Cairo Museum is part of the Vicksburg National Military Park. Well worth stop. It has many artifacts from the ship itself including the ruins of the sunken ship. The Ship... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Olney, Illinois
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Olney, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The USS Cairo Museum is part of the Vicksburg National Military Park. Well worth stop. It has many artifacts from the ship itself including the ruins of the sunken ship. The Ship was hit by mines in the Mississippi near Vicksburg and was there until recovered. The museum is on the small side but well worth the stop

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While overnighting in Vicksburg, we had some time to spare. We decided to tour the Vicksburg battlefield park. As we took the auto tour, we came upon the USS Cairo museum. I had no idea that a Union ironclad had been preserved in such (relatively) good condition. Fascinating! Interesting to compare it to the Confederate sub Huntley in Charleston. No... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cairo, an early ironclad used in the siege of Vicksburg was rediscovered in the mud in the Yazoo River just above Vicksburg, in the late 1950's. It was eventually fully salvaged, and reconstructed in so far as possible, and has been on display since the late 1970's. There is an adjacent museum containing thousands of personal artifacts discovered with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was blown away by the size of the ship, almost 200' long and 50' wide and imaging it trying to navigate some fairly narrow rivers during its brief life......fabulous job of restoring the ship so you get a feel for its size and power, but restoration allows you to easily access the ship and its layout.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and beautiful reconstruction of the ironclad vessel that was sunk during the Civil War and finally salvaged about 100 years later. The reconstruction gives an authentic representation of the size of the Cairo and how it was armored. The museum has artifacts from the ship.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such an interesting exhibit. I never knew anything about these boats before visiting. A must see in Vicksburg.

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Kansas City, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I remember in school reading about ironclad ships and seeing pictures of the ships in the history books. As part of the admittance price to the National Cemetery you can view a recovered ironclad ship and tour a museum with relics from the ship.

Thank Les R
North Babylon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well done and well preserved piece of American history. The preservation of this Civil War ship is quite amazing.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw this after the Vicksburg National military park. Well worth taking a walk around the Cairo. Never seen anything like it. Good signage around the ship explains all you need to know about the ship and its fate. The museum is well laid out, not large, but has lots of interest

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Cartersville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A pleasent suprise to find this inside vicksburg battlefield. Included with park fees. wonderful exhibit accross from cementary and mississippi river. one of the seven sisters ironclad still existing . powered by steam and rear paddlewheel. exihibtis and artifacts were well presented. clean rest rooms and handicap access. park service available for questions. gift shop grerat place for photos. enjoyable... More 

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