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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
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Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.

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Boat was raised from river. It and the museum were very interesting. Boat was outside under a huge tarp like structure. Has a bit of walking.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Glenda J
Alpine, United States
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Gordo, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is not a big museum but it is very interesting place to see the USS Cairo was really neat and you can walk on it as well. Then in the little shop off to the side they have a museum with some artifacts inside was very interesting.

Thank ElaineLambertGay
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is inside of the Vicksburg Military Park so you will have to buy a ticket into the park. The museum will take less than an hour to tour and has the boat in display to walk around. Very interesting place.

Thank Lois G
Alpine, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Boat was raised from river. It and the museum were very interesting. Boat was outside under a huge tarp like structure. Has a bit of walking.

Thank Glenda J
Johnston, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This armored gunboat survived less than a year in the Civil War. It was discovered and raised in 1964. The restoration is well displayed and the attached museum is well done. It is part of the Vicksburg National Military Park. Free admission.

Thank Dalekd2013
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In December of 1862, the Union ironclad gunboat Cairo and several other vessels steamed up the Mississippi River north of Vicksburg to destroy Confederate batteries. Suddenly, two quick explosions tore holes in the Cairo’s bottom and in minutes she lay on the river bottom, only the tops of its smokestack and flagstaff showing above water. Cairo was the first vessel... More 

Addingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great exhibit coupled to a good museum with many items recovered from the wreck. Very Good.

Thank Andith15
Dubuque, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In 1960 a team of engineers and historians found and raised from the mud of the Mississippi River the remains of the U. S. S.. Cairo, a Union gunboat sunk during the Civil War. The museum accompanying the partially reconstructed boat contains a treasure trove of artifacts from the boat. The boat itself is displayed outside with much of the... More 

Thank Randy L
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent well preserved exhibit. There is a small welcome center that has a small exhibition. The actual ship is under a huge canopy which was good as it was a very sunny hot day. There are plenty of informative signs around the strcture. Also a nice picnic area and large car park

Thank Rosie H
Magnolia, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cairo was wonderful, The exhibit was very well done and very informative. Be sure to stop and walk thru the boat and visit the building. The artifacts of the Cairo are located inside the building. The Cairo was sunk December 12,1862 which was cool to see what was on there at that time. Also The Shirley House was owned... More 

Thank Karen1172
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had no idea about the Cairo.... Exhibit was very well done and very informative! Be sure to stop and walk thru the boat....don't skip this stop!

Thank cooker72

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