Sponsored: Sultana Disaster Museum

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