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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Indianapolis, IN (Downtown Indianapolis)
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Ranked #12 of 84 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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Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

So, I had some time to spare… The monument is beautiful and the fountains are lit at night. You can climb to the top during the day. There is an elevator, but you can climb the steps for free. Elevator costs $2. You can ride down free (at least I did.) A fun diversion.

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Wichita, Kansas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This monument is in downtown Indianapolis and is a great monument of recognition to soldiers and sailors in several wars. It has the feel of European architecture for a monument or statue. It is very nice.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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68 reviews 68 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Very nice quick historical stop on our tour of downtown. It's up like 332 stairs to the top but well worth it if you're able to make the climb. This is a really cool monument and is awesome right in the middle of the circle. Only $2 for the elevator ride to the top if you choose that route. They... More

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Rolla, Missouri
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136 reviews 136 reviews
31 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We were happy to find this museum. It is an interactive and well thought out walk through Indiana's part in the Civil War. Well done. The museum is free, contributions are graciously accepted.

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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The monument in Monument Circle is an entirely fitting tribute; awe inspiring, beautiful and thought provoking. Me and my friend returned to it numerous times during our time in Indianapolis, there for Gen Con, and couldn't help but stop and marvel at it each time. Having finally got some down time, we planned on climbing the steps inside to the... More

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Irving, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Finally got the time to do the climb. WOW!!! Actually prefer the view from the top of this momunent to the one from the revolving restaurant on top of the Hyatt. LOVE this landmark--TAKE THE TIME AND DO THE CLIMB!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Any visit to Indianapolis requires a visit to the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. It is a great spot downtown to enjoy your lunch, let the kids stretch their legs or to visit the inside of the Monument. There are very interesting and educational pieces to explore inside and out, all in the heart of the Circle City - Indianapolis!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I've lived in Indianapolis for 13 years and never have spent any time walking around this 100 year old monument until a few days ago when I had company in town. We also went to the little museum inside and climbed the 330 steps to the top (phew)! It was fun and we got some great pics of the city.

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Robinson, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This museum is located in the lower level of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial. It has a nice collection of civil war items and was a fun and educational way to spend a half an hour or so. It is free but donations are accepted.

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Kennewick
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16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you are in shape it is worth the climb to the top. If you are not in shape take the elevator! The climb is free the elevator will cost you some $. Nice little gift shop at the bottom.

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