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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Indianapolis, IN (Downtown Indianapolis)
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Ranked #8 of 59 Attractions in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Museums
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Owner description: A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.

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Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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97 reviews 97 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is THE landmark for Indy. I understand that changes are coming to make it more pedestrian friendly. Not sure why it needs the change, but it's coming

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Lexington
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The grandest war memorial on the planet. The monument was featured on a traffic circle in the middle of the city. It was not small and it was not hidden. You could feel the honor bestowed on their fallen veterans. The granite monument was taller than most of the buildings in the area. It was built before WWI to honor... More

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The ride or climb to the top was closed for remodeling on Halloween day, 2014, but I vividly remember doing it with my dad in 1950 (!) so I agree that it's worth it. I can only comment now on the Civil War Museum which is in the basement of the monument. It's great! If you take the time to... More

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Lindsborg, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The Soldier and Sailors Monument is a fun sight to visit. The fountains and "statues" are a favorite picture spot. This monument is part of a downtown with parks and places that are within walking distance. The food, nightlife and atmosphere is fun!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

My first time to Indiana, let alone Indianapolis. Visiting family and they took us to some great places on this trip. This monument was one of them. We took the elevator up and the stairs down. Think we followed the group ahead down the wrong way, because we got stuck! Other than that we were great. The group is was... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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75 reviews 75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The sprawling Soldiers & Sailors monument dedicated to the everlasting memory of the Hoosier war troops is truly an enduring piece of architecture which houses fascinating art works. Don't miss the 360 degree view of the city skyline from the observation level - a rewarding climb of 331 steps. The gift shop was no great shakes. A must-visit landmark for... More

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Kansas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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60 reviews 60 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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