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Never knew what a Civil war gun boat would look like until I saw the USS Cairo. The exhibit was... read more

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Collierville, Tennessee
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This is the ONLY ironclad viewable from the Civil War. It's mainly intact after being raised in... read more

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Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.
Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3495
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Never knew what a Civil war gun boat would look like until I saw the USS Cairo. The exhibit was impressive and the park agents were very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the ONLY ironclad viewable from the Civil War. It's mainly intact after being raised in 1964. It sank during the War due to a mine (torpedo). It's quite a terrifying thing: cannons pointed fore, aft, and mainly to the sides. You can walk...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The salvaged and partially reconstructed USS Cairo is interesting. You can walk all around it and also walk on the deck. The museum is also very interesting and contains a lot of historical facts.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mizzou_Engineer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting. Be sure to go into the museum and watch all the videos. Do not be in a rush. There is really a lot to see.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Doug G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is really one of those 'must see' presentations. The boat itself is awesome, and cleverly restored as much as possible. Lots of interesting artifacts in the adjoining museum. The guy at the 'welcome' counter in the museum was arrogant and had a serious case...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 4, 2019 via mobile

This was an extremely interesting part of the Vicksburg experience. The museum is very well done and filled with ship artifacts. Seeing the restored ship is very educational for people of any age.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Andy1343
Reviewed February 3, 2019

The Civil War is a very important part of history and to see the places and artifacts associated with it is very important . The museum is well worth to stop both inside and out . Wish we had more time to spend exploring the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank shermansj
Reviewed January 19, 2019

Great little indoor museum. One of the things I noticed most was the difference between the accomoditations for officers and enlisted. Then the restored USS Cairo was under shade and just facinating to walk around. Lots of explainatory plaques and the walk around was in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Fnu L
Reviewed January 15, 2019

I love history and the combination of touring the Battlefield and the U.S.S. Cairo made the visit well worth the time.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank scottlV3326ZI
Reviewed January 14, 2019

The USS Cairo, in the Vicksburg National Military Park is a wonderful example of restoration. Not only is the ship itself a wonder to see, the accompanying museum includes a broad variety of artifacts found in the wreck. These help to understand military life during...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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January 13, 2019|
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Response from santadan2014 | Reviewed this property |
There are volunteers manning this and Vicksburg National Park during the government shutdown.
November 26, 2018|
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Response from Wanderlust777 | Reviewed this property |
The best part of the museum is the ship itself, which is displayed outdoors under a tent-like roof. So even if you can't take your dog inside, it's still worth stopping off to view the boat and the accompanying signage.
November 26, 2018|
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Response from N P | Reviewed this property |
I am not really sure, I did not see other dogs. The actual ship is undercover, but outside, so it would be ok I imagine. The inside portion with the artifacts, etc may not allow pets unless service animals. I bet you could... More