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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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Lots of personal effects from the sailors

I was surprised at how many personal items were recovered from the shipwreck after such a long period of time. Great display of the ship and the museum!

Reviewed 9 July 2016
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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

I was surprised at how many personal items were recovered from the shipwreck after such a long period of time. Great display of the ship and the museum!

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

This was another pleasant surprise in the Vicksburg National park! Really gives you a reality check in regards to past engineering! The ship is very well preserved and presented along with the adjoining museum. Being able to walk through portions of the vessel gives you an appreciation of how massive the warship was and how tough and noisy it must... More 

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Flowood, Mississippi
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

This is an amazing piece of history, as they dredged this war ship from the bottom of the river, and reassembled it. It's amazing, and you will be quite thunderstruck when you see it.

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Grapeland, Texas
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

The way it is displayed is great! You see the original ship and they've added supports to give the idea of what it looked like when whole. It is so nice that it is covered because it was a super hot day yet not so bad in the shade. While we couldn't go into the wreckage with our dog we... More 

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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

I could not believe the ship was that in tact. The video on the recovery is fascinating. Very glad to see the exhibit with my family.

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Rogers, Arkansas
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

It doesn't take long to tour and is educational and interesting. Loved the antiquities. Recommend even with small children

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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

My family loved seeing the USS Cairo and the museum in the tourist center of the military park. This was the best part of the park.

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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

This is part of the admission to the Military park. It is near the end of the road right across the street from the military cemetery. Amazing! My 10 year old found it to be so interesting and tied into many things he had learned in school. There are 2 park ranger talks daily.

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Trafalgar, Australia
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

The actual remains of the ship are well worth looking at, however, I was personally underwhelmed by the actual museum. Having said that, the ship and museum are part of the Vicksburg National Military Park tour, so don't miss the museum as part of your tour.

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Reviewed 1 July 2016

Most people have heard of the ironclad ships Monitor and Merrimac; those pale in comparison to the lesser known river battleship Cairo. The Union ship was sunk by a torpedo (mine) in the river near Vicksburg and raised and restored in the 1960's. Bristling with large caliber cannon, with shallow draft, it was powered by a coal-powered steam engine rotating... More 

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