Sultana Disaster Museum


Adults: $5
Kids: $3
Group Rates Available


Thursday-Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 2pm-4pm

The Forgotten Tragedy

The Sultana was a Mississippi River paddlewheel steamboat whose destruction in an explosion on April 27, 1865, 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. Most of the passengers were paroled Union soldiers just released from Andersonville and Cahaba Confederate prison camps. The US government had contracted with Sultana to transport these former prisoners of war back to their homes in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and other states. Most of the passengers had been weakened by their incarnation and associated illnesses. With a legal capacity of only 376, Sultana was severely and dangerously overloaded.

The Museum 

The Sultana Disaster Museum focuses on the steamboat itself, the passengers- who they were and where they came from, and the aftermath of the disaster.


Find Us

Our Address:
104 Washington Street
Marion, Arkansas 72364