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Crown Hill Cemetery

700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317 925-3800
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Ranked #9 of 59 Attractions in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills and located across the street from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Thousands visit this urban oasis to enjoy its peaceful beauty; study the architecture, sculptures and trees; exercise; picnic; view the wildlife and to study the history and heritage of the 200,000+ people buried there. A "must see" highlight is a visit to the top of "The Crown," the highest hill in the county, which affords a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Indianapolis skyline. Note: the white line painted on the roads connects both gates via the "scenic route" (including Pres. Harrison's memorial, the "Crown," National Cemetery, Gothic Chapel [1875], the Waiting Station and 34th Street Gothic gate [both 1885]. Crown Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notables include President Benjamin Harrison, poet James Whitcomb Riley, Col. Eli Lilly, three U.S. Vice Presidents, and numerous others, including the infamous bank robber John Dillinger. Twice named "The Best Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, and featured as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Terrific Tours," visitors can attend one of their many guided Public Tours (most scheduled to see the sunset), or schedule their own Private Group Tour. For more info on our coffee table book, guided tours, historical info, tree maps, etc., please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation online.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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158 reviews 158 reviews
21 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautifully landscaped historical cemetery. I like to visit the resting places of our Presidents and I got to see Benjamin Harrison here. Then threw in John Dillinger for good measure. The sections are plainly marked but that doesn't make them as easy to follow as you would think. Still worth the effort.

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Fishers, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My father's best friend own's this cemetery (or rather his company does), so it was a no-brainer to bury him there when he past away at a young age. I visit here regularly to place flowers at his tomb, and honestly they keep the grounds beautifully. You can tell they care about the people who are there, the people who... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful program in a unique setting. There is something magical about sitting this close to such wonderful voices, surrounded by gothic architecture and a acoustically perfect venue. A mixture of opera, Broadway and campy popular songs, this program has something for everyone. Afterwards, hike to the top of Crown Hill for a spectacular view of downtown Indy.

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Martinsville, Indiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Visiting a cemetery for fun? Sounds ghoulish doesn't it? We took our seats in the Gothic Chapel (built in 875) on a crisp, clear evening. We were greeted by witches and warlocks in pointy hats, decorated with light and flair! The Phantom (Charles Manning) entered, and began the evening with wonderful music from the large pipe organ that resides in... More

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Olney, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Crown Hill Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries that you can visit. The cemetery has many famous Hoosiers buried on the grounds, including James Allison, Carl Fischer, Frank Wheeler, and Arthur Newby, the founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. President Bejamin Harrison is also buried here. There is also a National Cemetery is also on the grounds, albeit... More

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Greenwood IN
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Lots of famous people here including Ernie Pyle. The cemetery is well cared for & just beautiful with colorful flowers & shrubs everywhere. Very large space dedicated for military which I thought was unusually respectful of our veterans. A good experience.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We didn't take any tours - just drove around and got out and walked at different places. Interesting to see the dates, names and family plots. We couldn't believe how big this cemetery was and still growing.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It is very serene, and the residents are very quiet, though at times they can be under your feet. It is kind of dead as far as activity, no matter what time of the day or night you visit, so if you are looking for fun and excitement, this place is probably not for you.

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Cemeteries are usually not tourist destinations but this place has some of the most impressive monuments outside of national sites. A beautiful park like setting with great views of the surrounding city.

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Dallas, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This was on my list of must see cemeteries. It did not let me down. So much history. President Harrison, Bob Irsay, John Dillinger and some family members. We had to ask a grounds keeper to help us find the grave of Dillinger. When we saw it, someone had left a bullet casing in the "O" of his name. The... More

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