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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Indianapolis, IN (Downtown Indianapolis)
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Ranked #13 of 89 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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Kansas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Difficult hike up the stairs to the top if you are not in good physical shape.... But otherwise wonderful! Beautiful fountain and just the history of this circle... Be sure to pick up the free pamphlet in the store and read it, it will guide you fully around the monument. I grew up in NW Indiana and didn't know even... More

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I would not have found this if I had not been exploring the Cultural Trail. Interesting look at Indiana in the Civil War in a small spot.

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Livonia, Michigan
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120 reviews 120 reviews
41 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a great stop from top to bottom. The Eli Lilley Museum has some neat exhibits about Indy's role in the Civil War (its people not the city) and about Civil War Surgeon, Eli Lilley later of pharmaceutical fame. Do yourself a favor and climb (or ride for $2) to the top and check out the views of downtown,... More

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Leesburg, Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This monument is loaded with history. Don't try to take it all in at once. It's taken me 40 years to study this wonderful tribute to the War of the Rebellion and Mexican War. Roger that.

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

Since this was our first time in Indianapolis we went up to the top. Great view of the city. After spending the $2.00 to take the elevator vs the over 300 stairs we were very glad that we had. It's a long way up and a lot of stairs. Elevator was great. View was great.

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Chesterfield, MO
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222 reviews 222 reviews
125 attraction reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Situated at the center of Indianapolis, it is one of the most impressive monuments in the country. The base is surrounded by stunning sculptures and fountains along with grand staircases where the public likes to see and be seen. There is the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum that is free, you enter from a very small door on the... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A nice stroll through the museum takes an hour and is very informative. It's a nice spread of information and visuals. Overall very well done.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Monument is located in the middle of a traffic circle that is fairly busy by day. But the real fun is at night when buskers and entertainers set themselves up on the steps. Take a walk, look at the monument, and enjoy the fun

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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 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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