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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

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Address: Indianapolis, IN
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Description: A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served...
A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
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Stunning!

This is a jaw dropper! If you're ever visiting the Indianapolis area, stop by and see this. It's located on monument circle, with all brick and mortar streets that encompass this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Mitchell, Indiana
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Mitchell, Indiana
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This is a jaw dropper! If you're ever visiting the Indianapolis area, stop by and see this. It's located on monument circle, with all brick and mortar streets that encompass this monument. It's a lot taller in person that it looks on the pictures. Very detailed sculptures, and definitely worth seeing. Highly recommended!

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Levelland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Awesome, because the carvings are beautiful, and the historical information is very good for people who don't already know about it. Got stuck coming back down and had to wait for other groups to pass, because we went the wrong way down. Don't get in a hurry to leave, and read the signs.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Closed for renovations. The building itself is beautiful, even with the scaffolding. Will definitely be on our list of things to check out once it reopens.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Walked around the monument and saw all the construction being done. Wish I would've checked TA first to know about the museum! I'm guessing it was probably closed? It's in the center of a nice roundabout and close to lots of good places so you can park and walk here with other things to do. I'm not sure about parking,... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We have been here in march 2015 and unfortunately found out, that it's on renovation. But good news are, that you can rent a horse chariot right next to the monument. 25$ for 2 people - not much at all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This treasure can be a bit tough to find even though it's just at the top of the steps from the circle. (This is a different entrance than to get to the top of the monument. Ask if you end up at this entrance) The museum is free and includes a video of actors using real letters of soldiers and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I have been going to the monument since a kid when I was able to run all the way to the top. To go to Indy & not go up into the monument is..well..un-American!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This relatively small exhibit within the lovely Monument is a jewel for anyone with an appreciation of history. The soldiers' letters from the Civil War say more about the horrors of war, than many bigger museums. Go.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Our family loves history! We were thrilled to have a chance to visit this small museum while visiting Indy. Although small in size on the inside, the museum is very well done! We spent an hour in the museum brushing up on our Civil War knowledge and then headed up the 330 stairs to the top of the monument! The... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

A historic monument to Indiana's war dead. This monument is literally the center and heart of Indianapolis. The lower level is a museum to Indiana's contribution to the Civil War and other later military actions. A decent gift shop is limited by space. Visitors can walk to the top of the observation deck or take an elevator. In December, the... More 

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