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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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Vicksburg Frigate

Museum does an excellent job in displaying the frigate and educating visitors, including its service and incredible restoration. Museum is on the route inside the Vicksburg... read more

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Mark E
Las Vegas, United States
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Las Vegas, United States
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Museum does an excellent job in displaying the frigate and educating visitors, including its service and incredible restoration. Museum is on the route inside the Vicksburg National Park and has restrooms available. This is a must see!

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Traverse City, Michigan
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It seems hard to believe that this ship could float. We were pressed for time and only read the placards outside near the remains of the ship, but it was fascinating. I am NOT a big Civil War or naval enthusiast but REALLY liked seeing this ship and learning that they were built in only 100 days for 100k. I... More 

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This is an excellent museum that gives an almost hands–on Civil War experience. Gunboats were an integral part of the war in the West and walking thru the Cairo gives one an idea of both the vessel's size and power. Of course it would have been nice if the feds hadn't left the gunboat rotting on shore and exposed to... More 

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New Iberia, Louisiana
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting. The history of this boat and how it was raised was amazing. Loved looking at all the artifacts.

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My husband had to drag me away (or it might have been vice versa) and I don't have much interest in cvil was history. The Cairo sits right outside the musem and it's hard to miss. This is the last remaining of the "city-class" iron clad from the civil war. It was actually sunk by mines in the Yazoo river... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Cairo is what you might call a littoral frigate. It has the cannons of a 17th century frigate like the USS Constitution built on a shallow frame that can navigate the Mississippi River. And it's not just a little steamboat. it's easily the size of a commercial riverboat. Amazingly, when it was sunk by a Confederate mine (called a... More 

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This exhibit was the highlight of the Vicksburg tour. To be able to see and walk around an actual civil war battleship and to see all the artifacts in the museum made the history come alive for us. Definitely a not to be missed exhibit.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I don't know where else one can see an "iron clad" river boat that was sunk by a mine while trying to run the blockade at Vicksburg. Doesn't need much time but was interesting.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must stop in the National Military Park. A short film in the visitors center which we enjoy watching when we are at different sites, unfortunately the days we were there the laser disc player wasn't working so we were unable to see it. The museum is small but so full of information, artifacts and relics from the USS Cairo.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum will give you a better idea of the size and power of the early ironclads. The U.S.S. Cairo is partially restored but enough to really understand what the complete vessel was like.

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