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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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Amazing presentation of a bygone era

Wow such a fascinating job of preserving a relic of our nation's history. You are able to walk through and around the boat on functional and safe walkways. Coming down the hill... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Topeka, Kansas
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Topeka, Kansas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Wow such a fascinating job of preserving a relic of our nation's history. You are able to walk through and around the boat on functional and safe walkways. Coming down the hill next to the museum the tent cover over the boat reminded us the Denver airport's roof.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Really interesting and excellent information panels. We all (57,58,22 years of age) found this really interesting.

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Wisconsin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

It all fits together: the Old County Courthouse Museum and the National Military Park. Seeing the film of the resurrection of the Cairo is fascinating, don't miss it.

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Fort Mitchell, Alabama
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Took my young daughter, there is a small museum inside past the gift shop. Cool photo ops and the attraction is free!

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MS
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The USS Cairo Museum is one of the best examples of it's type I've seen. The USS Cairo was a Union ironclad gunboat which was sunk near Vicksburg during the civil war. The museum includes a very modern display of the artifacts recovered in the wreck, as well as the wreck itself. Very much worth the time to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

We purchased the parks auto tour and very well worth it. I have two Teague boys and they too enjoyed the tour. Hearing and learning about every point of the park. We trly recommend the auto tour, very helpful!

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This Civil War ironclad was sunk during the siege of Vicksburg and not recovered from the bottom of the Mississippi until 100 years later. Today it has been restored and stands in the Vicksburg Military Park for visitors to admire, You can clearly see where it was hit and burned. What an amazing piece of history. I'm always glad when... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Very interesting seeing an actual remains of a union Battle ship used in the civil war. Display and museum are excellent. what a learning experience seeing this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

Located amidst the graves off all those soldiers, the museum includes interesting facts in its display. Enjoyed this second visit as much as the first visit. There's nothing rushed here, so one can take their time and enjoy the surroundings and be touched by the soldiers all around them.

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Volcano, California
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Cairo (pronounced KAY-row, after the city in Illinois) is the last surviving Union river gunboat, if you can call the wreckage "surviving." Sunk in 1862, what remained of her was raised and reassembled. You can walk around her and walk on the gun deck and look down at the engines, and the nearby museum is loaded with tools and... More 

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