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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

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Address: Indianapolis, IN
Phone Number: 3172330528
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A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in...

A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.

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Beautiful! And educational, a two-fer!

Beautiful monument that you have to walk around to take it all in. We paid tickets to take the elevator as the stairs were closed due to the heat. But the view was well worth it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
hemphill2013
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Henryville, Indiana, United States
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Henryville, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful monument that you have to walk around to take it all in. We paid tickets to take the elevator as the stairs were closed due to the heat. But the view was well worth it. The Civil War museum in the basement is nice, dedicated to many of the Indiana troops who fought in the war. Very nice visit... More 

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Seeing it in pictures is one thing....seeing it in person is quite another. An absolutely awe inspiring monument with an abundance of details that should not be over looked. As noted in other reviews, it is not for the faint of the heart to reach the top. There is a sign at the base of the stairs / by elevator... More 

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Thank Tim I
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very Interesting self guided tour. There is an elevator that takes you almost to the top, you can walk the stairs also. The lower level has lots to see. The attraction is free, but they accept donations.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not for the faint of heart, even taking the elevator up requires a few flights of stairs afterwards. The stairs are tight as you get close to the top, and it's pretty warm in the summer. But the view! Because Indiana is so flat, you can see for quite a distance on a clear day. It is the best view... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the museum. The only bummer was that the observatory was closed because it was too hot. Still a cool little museum. The history buffs in my family enjoyed it.

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Marion, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Museum in the bottom has some good civil war displays and artifacts. For a couple of dollars, you can ride the elevator to the top of the monument (you can walk the steps for free). Elevator is very small, so if you are claustrophobic, I would not recommend. While the monument is not especially tall, you get a good view... More 

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Passed by it during a busy day in Indianapolis and had the opportunity to see it after dark on a walk of the city center. Because of the spring I assume, the fountains weren't working yet, but it was still a good experience.

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Thank JesseWhite
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fountains are beautiful. Steps are great for walking or setting and eating lunch. Friday's the museum is open. Temperature is cool on hot summer days

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good walk ability...interesting area with an assortment of shops. There are a few homeless to dodge but felt pretty safe during the day.

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Franklin Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Going to the top isn't for the handicapped .. you take a small elevator up then there are some narrow irregular stairs and the space it pretty narrow. The view was nice but it was hot up there in July .. so it was a quick visit. We'd been here around Christmas and the monument was decorated with lights.

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