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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
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.
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 attraction reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Try the stairs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We've been into downtown Indianapolis hundreds of times, but never visited the monument until this month. There was a minimal fee to take the elevator to the top of the monument, but I would have preferred the stairs (my husband didn't feel like climbing though). The wait for the elevator was about 10 minutes, and when we reached the top there was very little room to move around to see all four sides. However, once we were able to maneuver around, the views were pretty good.

Visited November 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“historic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

wonderful, different type of museum, enjoyed it very much!
Very nice day so we could see everything and walk around the
town. Everyone we met there was a Civil war buff, so all questions were answered by employees also. Thanks

Visited November 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Well worth a look out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I had some free time one weekend and decided to try this out. I walked by it almost every day while in Indy and wanted to know what it was all about. I decided to pay the minimal fee to get the elevator up but the wait was a little long for it and the elevator was tiny. Once up there the view was great but again it was busy and very warm up there. I decided against waiting to get the elevator down and took the stairs. I an glad I went up there to see it but if you can, wait until its not too busy and definitely do not do this if you are clostraphobic.

Visited May 2012
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Cincinnati
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107 reviews 107 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“City Center Stunner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This is a beautiful monument, right in the center of town, with fabulous statuary on all four sides and lovely fountains. There is a nice little civil war museum located under the monument that was free of charge. We did take the elevator to the top (you do have to take some stairs to get all the way to the top) - people who have issues with tight spaces should beware - there is barely room for two people to pass each other on the stairs, and the elevator is TINY!

Visited September 2012
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Vancouver, Washington
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97 reviews 97 reviews
27 attraction reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Pretty awesome, actually”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

I'm not normally the civil war museum type, but having a few hours to kill, I stopped in the museum at the base of the monument (trip up the tower is worth the $2 by the way). It's free admission and has a lot of interesting information on what the civil war experience was for midwesterners. I learned some interesting facts and actually spent quite a bit of time there. It's a no-risk stop to say the least.

Visited August 2012
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