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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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Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.

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Found this to be a fascinating insight into the naval part of the Vicksburg campaign! The ability to tour the remains of the USS Cairo was a highlight of the park tour!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There isn't a whole lot to see at the Vicksburg Park, except for the USS Cairo and adjoining museum. The Cairo was raised and reclaimed in 1964 and has been partially reassembled. A wide variety of items found on the Cairo are housed in the museum.

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Thank David T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this to be a fascinating insight into the naval part of the Vicksburg campaign! The ability to tour the remains of the USS Cairo was a highlight of the park tour!

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Thank John J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The USS Cairo is so amazing to look at! Its a marvel, truly! I took dozens of pictures of all the unusual shapes and interesting patterns of the structure of the old iron-clad battleship. There is more to it than that, though, the history of this sunken battleship and its retrieval from the bottom of the river are equally immersive.

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Thank Shannon R
Florida Panhandle, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can walk around and through the ironside. Nice small museum that shows the history of the ironsides and the personal belongings of the soldiers that were assigned to this ship. While no soldier died when the ironside went down, they did not have any time to collect their personal items.

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The U.S.S. Cairo is carefully reconstructed and interpreted within the Vicksburg National Military Park and is a must see for any visitor of Vicksburg Mississippi.

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Clinton, AR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a sight to see. Amazing restored Cairo, after being under water. Liked being able to walk around on the boat. The museum is very interesting. Free admission. Donation box. Lots of artifacts. My hubby especially enjoyed the guns and cannons. Well worth the stop..

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They have done an amazing job of restoring this sunken ship, allowing you to walk around and through. The museum is full of items they recovered. The size was bigger than expected, it's why you visit and not just look at pictures. Visiting this was my priority and I wasn't disappointed. A must see.

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Thank Wyosoldier
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't know anything about this until the park ranger said it was a bucket list item. Was well worth it if you get a chance.

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Seabrook, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating. As an engineer I was fascinated with the design of the boat, the steam drive system and the weaponry. Having visited the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City I know how the river mud can seal and preserve the artifacts as it did for the Cairo. It is like opening a time capsule and seeing the conditions and everyday... More 

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Thank Dale P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little stop-off half-way round the military park, lots of artefacts to see and the ship itself really brings it all home

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