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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Address: Indianapolis, IN (Downtown Indianapolis)
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Ranked #14 of 193 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
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Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Fri - Sun 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This little museum in the basement of the Soldiers and Sailors monument is worth a stop for history buffs. Emphasis is on the average soldier's life rather than military history. Two very loud videos were playing the whole time that were kind of distracting. You could hear them everywhere in the museum.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The museum (under the base of the monument) is great for families with kids and doesn't take too long. The monument on the Circle (inexpensive and free to veterans), while not the tallest point in the city anymore, still gives a really nice 360 view of Indy from the top.

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Indiana, USA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
57 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument is located in the heart of Indianapolis in Monument Circle (Downtown). First go visit the small but thoughtful Civil War exhibit in the base of the monument (more Hoosiers fought in the US Civil War than any Union State). The monument is made from limestone of Owen County, Indiana... More 

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a worthwhile attraction. It gives you an appreciation of the sacrifices people endured during that time. It's easy to find and I like the setting.

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zionsville IN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Awesome views of Indianapolis. Pay for the elevator. It's a lot of stairs to the top Be warned it is a bit cramped

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Kokomo, Indiana
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Great views of Indianapolis from the top. The museum is very nice & clean. Employees are helpful if you need them. The shop is okay. Thought it could have more in it. Would go again.

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