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Museum tells the story of the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history....
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Helena photographer Thomas W. Bankes captured one of only two known photographs of the ill-fated ste...
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See a replica of the original Sultana at the museum....
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The 14' replica was reconstructed by Gene Salecker....
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The replica is a main focal point of the museum....
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Various artifacts are on display....
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Pvt. William Lugenbeal's wooden curio box...
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"Saved by a alligator"...
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Civil War photographs of over 100 of the known Sultana POW passengers....
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Curio box owned by survivor Pvt. Abraham Cassel, 21st Ohio Infantry....
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A visitor examines the museum's artifacts....
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A closer look of the mural detailing the Sultana's destruction....
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The 1938 Marion School Auditorium-Gymnasium, one of the most historical buildings in eastern Arkansa...
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Monument to the tragedy in downtown Marion....

What to know

"The Titanic of the Mississippi" - Clive Cussler, award-winning author and historian

The Sultana was a Civil War era, paddlewheel steamboat whose destruction in an explosion on April 27, 1865 has the distinction as the “Greatest Maritime Disaster in United States History”. Over 1,800 of the Sultana’s 2,300 passengers were killed when three of the boat’s boilers exploded and the Sultana sank just north of Marion, Arkansas.

The Sultana Disaster Museum focuses on the steamboat itself, from its construction to destruction and the aftermath of the disaster. Passenger stories are also presented - who they were and where they came from - as well as the stories of the rescuers and eyewitnesses. Visit Marion, a small town in the Delta, and learn more about this Forgotten Tragedy

The present Sultana Disaster Museum, created in 2015, and providing less than 1000 square feet, will soon be replaced by a permanent modern museum of nearly 17,000 square feet with state-of-the-art concepts.



140 Washington Ave.
Marion, AR 72364