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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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Oxfordshire, UK
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

We did this as part of the historic park. The museum has lots ("too many" says my partner) of artifacts and they try to bring the crew aboard to life. The boat itself has enough left to give an impression of what it was like when afloat, showing how and why it was built. Spend up to an hour.

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Parma Heights, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

This was the coolest thing I have ever seen - the restoration on this is amazing, and the artifacts.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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80 reviews 80 reviews
32 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Found on the Vicksburg Nat. Battlefield grounds, the museum is well worth taking some additional time if necessary. One gets a good insight in to the makeup and construction of a Civil War iron clad.

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Buffalo, New York
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303 reviews 303 reviews
128 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most impressive civil war relics and memorials in the Country. Absolutely amazing glimpse at a real ironclad. Powerful experience. THIS IS A MUST TO VISIT

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Livingston, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

The Cairo is part of the battlefield tour, the national cemetery is right across the road. The size of this reconstruction is amazing; as is the reconstruction itself. Be sure to visit the museum prior to going onto the Cairo. You will be able to see artifacts from the Cairo and view a short video that describes the sinking and... More

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Part of the Vicksburg Military Park it gives one a real sense of how it must have been to be a crew member on the ironclad gunboat. The crewmen were from not only America, but many were from Europe as well. The boat was raise and restored with such loving care.

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Wales
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Having read about ironclad ships in the past, the size of this reconstruction of a reclaimed ironclad from the Mississippi still came as a surprise. Well worth seeing, and the museum is worth a visit with items recovered from the river bed belonging to the soldiers on the ironclad when it was sunk.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Got a sense of that aspect of the Civil War with ma...lots of local wood used in the construction helped to understand the construction

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Melbourne, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Was well worth the time it took to see round the remains of the Cairo a very good museum with lots of information on the Cairo's life and how she was raised and preserved.

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Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Im not sure there is another ironclad on display anywhere (?). its amazing to see and appreciate what a monster beast this ship was

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