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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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The USS Cairo was sunk during the Vicksburg Campaign. After over 100 years under the Mississippi River, it was raised and put on display. The display is a combonation of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Staley, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This was a real interesting exhibit - you could actually go onto the ship and see the old wood and metal that was used years ago. The video inside the museum shows how the ship was recovered; there was also artifacts from the ship on display inside the museum.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The USS Cairo was sunk during the Vicksburg Campaign. After over 100 years under the Mississippi River, it was raised and put on display. The display is a combonation of the original wood and guns but a reconstructed portion allows you to go on the ship and get an idea what the ship would have looked like in 1863.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful museum. It is a great presentation of an important historical ship. The display of the U.S.S. Cairo is breathtaking. The museum has many artifacts displayed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A must see if you are a Civil War buff. Much more interesting that the auto tour of the battlefield, which is primarily a collection of monuments to various States that participated in the siege of Vicksburg. The vista above gives a view of the Mississippi River and the "bend" that made the town so important to the defense of... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We loved everything about the museum! Our family came to the museum and now we are back with my sons school and everyone really enjoyed it!

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Port Huron, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Visiting Vicksburg park. This was part of it. Fascinating. I enjoyed the history . Got a kick out of the woman who was tLking on her cell phone. Why?

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The U.S.S. Cairo Museum, located within the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a must-see for anyone interested in maritime history. The U.S.S. Cairo, one of seven city-class ironclads built for Civil War service, was discovered largely intact buried in river silt several decades ago. It was raised and today stands as the Museum's centerpiece. It is the... More 

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Biloxi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and get out and enjoy the Military Park and the Cairo Museum!!! The history of our Great Country should never be overlooked! Take the kids, there is plenty of open space for them to enjoy! Take the time to impart our past to the next generation!!!

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Madison, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

If you're from the north or east, it's not likely that you were taught much about the naval warfare on the Mississippi River during the Civil War. The Cairo and its small museum provide an opportunity to correct this omission. The Cairo itself is an amazing exhibit; the fact that so much of the original vessel survived is incredible. I... More 

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Natchez, MS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I am a civil war buff so you should not be surprised with my review. The USS Cairo Museum is one of the finest such exhibits in the nation and is one of the later stops on the Vicksburg Battlefield National Park driving/walking tour. There may be a tendency to pass it by in your haste to complete your tour.... More 

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