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“Kudos to the State of Indiana for preserving this gem!”

Indiana War Memorial
Ranked #6 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
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Owner description: A tribute to Indiana war veterans, from World War I to the Vietnam War.
Columbus, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Kudos to the State of Indiana for preserving this gem!”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

As impressive and enormous as the Indiana War Memorial appears on the outside, its exterior doesn't hold a flame to what is going on inside.

The colossal lobby opens to a series of wings containing various exhibits. An informative state police officer is on hand to answer any questions. My Dad and I noticed that no expense seemed to be spared in telling the many stories of Indiana's involvement in wars of the last two centuries. One exhibit contained the fascinating story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the fate that it met in the Pacific. A reconstructed radio room was a nice touch. The museum in the basement is absolutely mind-boggling with its many displays (I've never seen so many displays in one museum.) The chronological order of the displays makes one feel as though she/he is going through time.

Save the best for last, though, and make your way up the several stairs to the shrine at the top of the building. When my father and I entered this amazing, nearly spiritual place, we both dropped our jaws and said, "Wow." From the enormous marble columns to the unique blue lights that compliment the suspended American Flag and the busts of allied generals, this place is truly incredible.

Situated on the impressive War Plaza in downtown Indianapolis, this FREE site is well-worth a visit. I do not only recommend it to veterans and current military personnel; this place does an amazing job of honoring those who have given their lives for our country. Go to the Indiana War Memorial and learn an in-depth lesson on the prices that women and men have paid in serving the U.S. And even though admission is free, drop some bucks into the donation box; I've never quite seen a place like this and it's worth it!

Visited April 2012
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Watertown, New York
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78 attraction reviews
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“Unique Attraction”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Best viewed during the holidays, but you will enjoy the view from the top.

Visited November 2011
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Lawrence, Indiana
Level 3 Contributor
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15 attraction reviews
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“Veteran”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Being a six year NAVY VETERAN,we went to and inside of it.

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St. Louis, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
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“Wanted to go in, but......”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

What a wonderful monument! Unfortunately, even though winter is over and it's Spring Break, the museum is still on winter hours and is only opened Friday through Sunday. Bummer for us as we visited on a Thursday. We would have loved to have gone inside and the kids were disappointed. Have to try again on our next visit!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Patriotc Hoosier”
Reviewed March 1, 2012

Free. Educational, Easy to find centrally located

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