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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Indianapolis, IN (Downtown Indianapolis)
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Ranked #11 of 82 attractions in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Description: A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
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Denver, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This museum had great history and stories from the Civil War. I appreciated the information about Indiana specifically and the men and women that courageously stepped up for the cause. It has a nice area dedicated to the nurses and caretakers from the battlefields and from the hospitals. Many of the plaques had stories and letters from soldiers, and it... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Yes, this is the museum I just mentioned. It is central downtown. Hard to miss ! I went in this museum for small fee. Got to see it all. Not too big. Indiana did its bit for the Union........

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Nacogdoches, Texas, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

When we arrived, some people were kind enough to give us some extra tickets, which would have otherwise costed $2. As we rode up the elevator, we could see families with small children climbing up and it took them a long time to reach the top. If you have small children (we had a one and a half year old... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

While walking downtown during an afternoon off from a conference, stumbled across the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. What a spectacular monument. I paid the $2 for the elevator ride (totally worth it!). 360 degree view of Indianapolis. Breathtaking. Great time.

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Manchester, Connecticut
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

What a find in the center of the city. Climb the stairs for free or take the elevator for $2. Tiny viewing area but definitely worth it. Full panoramic view of Indianapolis and surrounding area. Would recommend to anyone visiting the city.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Most people don't realize just how much Indiana contributed to the Civil War but this museum will certainly fill in the gaps. the observation deck affords a great view of the city. It is cramped up there so not recommend for the claustrophobic but otherwise I highly recommend it.

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Newburgh,IN
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I am a Civil War buff-and an Indiana resident. So enjoyed reading a seeing Indiana's contribution to this war. Well done with many videos and pictures. Interesting to see how people at home were affected as well as the soldier at the front. After the tour, we went around the corner and climbed the 330 steps to the observation deck... More

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Dry Ridge, Kentucky
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A short distance walk from White River area into downtown. Worth the walk. Nicely done and seems like an area where a lot of folks congregate. Nice little museum under the statue.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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108 reviews 108 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I've driven around Monument Circle many times but never stopped for a visit. The tower has a small elevator for 4 that leads to a small but scenic observatory offering nice views of downtown Indianapolis. (Be sure to push the buttons on the elevator to call it for boarding - it's not automatic and many visitors, thinking that it is,... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Visited this monument during a weekend in Indy with my friend. We were walking around downtown and just decided to stop in. Really interesting little exhibits on the impact of the civil war on Indianapolis. I really enjoyed it and it didnt take long to walk through.

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