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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Indianapolis, IN (Downtown Indianapolis)
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Ranked #12 of 83 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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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 NEW

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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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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24 reviews 24 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
28 helpful votes 28 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Cheshire, England
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42 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I visited the museum on a very hot day.The video explains the beginning of the Civil War from the Indianapolis point of view and I found it very interesting. The rest of the exhibition concerned the process of the war with local artifacts and stories However one US Civil War Museum doesn't differ much from another regardless of which side... More

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ohio
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66 reviews 66 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Great view of downtown Indy from the top of the Monument. One can walk up but we didn't have time and we had someone who was claustraphobic...note that if you take the elevator, you still have to climb 3 narrow staircases to the top. The monument is terrific...there were 3 weddings there taking photographs on such a beautiful day!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

You could spend hours enjoying the beauty of the sculptures on the outside of the monument. Inside the Lilly Civil War Museum adds to the wonder of this Indianapolis gem. Great for history, photography, people watching, etc. I always take visitors here.

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