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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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This is a piece of history that unfortunately goes without notice. The importance of the Ironclads during the war is vastly understood. And the men, mostly immigrants and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a piece of history that unfortunately goes without notice. The importance of the Ironclads during the war is vastly understood. And the men, mostly immigrants and blacks, were the unsung heros who manned these vessels.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I knew nothing about these type of ships or there purpose in the. I it war but after visiting this museum I soon had an understanding of their importance and use by the northern troops. The actual ship was really neat and the museum was very interesting. Well worth thectimecto stop and have a look. It is located in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The salvage and restoration was done wonderfully, especially the new building that covers the ship and actually is part of it; the display is holding the old boat together. Great interpretive displays and a museum with. Plus its free, you already had to pay to enter the battlefield.

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Longview, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

raised ship is great. the museum has all the artifacts from it. massive size is wow factor.lot of original pieces are there.

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Newark, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great display of Civil War artifacts. Restoration of the boat was amazing. Good exhibit for all to see plus it has restrooms.

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Lehi, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum deploying thousands of preserved and restored artifacts from the sunken Cairo ironclad battleship. Video presentation explains how the battleship was rescued from the silty bottom of the river after resting there for 100 years. Walk into the ship and see the inner workings.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm glad that they were able to raise the USS Cairo, but it is not a great deal to see. The exhibit inside is of great interest and provides detail of this interesting ship.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

gunboat was discovered and recovered over 100 years after being sunk during the siege. Has a skeleton framework and lots of actual parts cannons. Be sure and visit the visitor center at this location

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is part of the battlefield tour and was a great surprise. I think this is the only surviving ironclad. One of the interesting aspects of this vessel is that Mr. Bearss, one of the people on the Civil War documentary, helped discover its location.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During our tour round the Vicksburg Military Park we visited the remains of the USS Cairo and its museum. There is plenty of parking outside the exhibit. It was nice to see the partly restored Civil war battleship. You can walk around on the deck area. The small museum is housed in the adjacent building and contains exhibits and artefacts... More 

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