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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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Irving, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Covington, Kentucky
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

In the very center of downtown Indianapolis; the monument is quite the sight. It is impressive in it's scale and design. The elevator ride up, however, is not for the claustrophobic! 4 people are a TIGHT squeeze....good panoramic view from the top. The carvings on the monument itself are whats most impressive, however. Take some time and walk all the... More

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Denver, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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