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U.S.S. Cairo Museum

Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3495
1-636-0583
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Ranked #2 of 26 Attractions in Vicksburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Ships
Description: Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.
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Cookson, Oklahoma
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The museum itself isn't large but there many very interesting things to see. The ship is amazing and the story of how it was brought to the surface is incredible. There are walkways in and around the Cairo that allow you to see it from every angle. My husband and I were enthralled by the sight and experience of it.... More

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Wiggins, Mississippi
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My boys (3 & 9) enjoyed touring the museum and sunken ship. The artifacts were great. They were so excited to actually be able to board the ship!

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Corte Madera, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I had heard about the Monitor and the Merrimack in school and always thought they were the only Civil War iron Clad ships. The USS Cairo is a City class Union Navy ship. The Cairo had been sunk and was covered with silt at the bottom of the river. It was discovered in 1956. I was surprised at how much... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

coming around a bend at the top of the park and seeing the Cairo display was incredible. All the items found when the ship was raised are very interesting.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Nice museum with a lot of great history!! The gentleman on the boat was very knowledgeable and friendly!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Seeing all of the artifacts that have been recovered from the wreck was so interesting. The film they showed how the Cairo was brought to the surface was amazing.

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Washington DC
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92 reviews 92 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Do not miss this, though it takes a long drive through the VNMP to reach it. An unforgettable experience to walk on its decks, imagine the conditions when it was in battle; to see the many artifacts recovered from its wreck 100 years after it sunk. 170 men served on this ironclad, which sunk 15 mins after hitting a mine.

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Mead, Colorado, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

They have salvaged this ship from the depths of the Mississippi River and brought it inland. It is a fantastic Museum to visit. You can actually walk into the ship and view it from the inside. Keep in mind, it was at the bottom of the river for over 100 years, so you can't walk all over it. They have... More

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Paris
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119 reviews 119 reviews
37 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Wonderful job of restoration and amazing to go back a hundred years and see what it was really like. The objects in the museum belonging to the sailors were touching

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Situated in the military park there is lots to look at.There is quite a bit of personal stuff which always interests me.

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