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“Completely unexpected”

Indiana War Memorial
Ranked #6 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A tribute to Indiana war veterans, from World War I to the Vietnam War.
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Completely unexpected”
Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stopped by this war memorial while walking around downtown Indy. We didn't plan on visiting here but we are glad we stopped in. The museum was one of the nicest and most extensive we've seen outside of the Smithsonian museums in DC. Plenty of history and the shrine is immaculate. Best of all, the entire memorial is free!

Visited September 2013
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Indiana, United States
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123 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is a free museum and it is incredible. There is really no reason to not go. It has artifacts from hoosier soldiers in all the wars, as well as military memorabillia from around the world.

Visited August 2013
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Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Climbed all those flights of stairs to the top!”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Very interesting Memorial in the circle in Downtown Indianapolis, beautiful to behold, and if your able bodied, you can go up the 33flights of steps to the platform at the top and oversee the entire city! There is also an elevator if you don't want the challenge of the steps! It' s amazing and beautiful, on the outside. On Saturday Evenings if you sit on the steps enjoying an icecream cone, bridal parties from the various reception halls in nearby hotels gather at the monument for pictures, always fun to see!

Visited September 2013
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Arlington Heights, IL
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Stunningly beautiful and moving, comprehensive and complete”
Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

I was blown away by this place. This free attraction is currently open Wednesday to Sunday. Although a walk around the plaza can occur at any time ( and you should be sure to stroll among all the monuments), try to time your visit so that you can go inside the structure. The building itself is a gilded eagle encrusted masterpiece of patriotism. In the center is the huge auditorium with a massive portrait of Pershing. I would suggest to begin your visit with the museum, which starts down and to your right, passing generally counter-clockwise around the building. It begins with the surrender of Fort Sackville and continues forward in time with depictions of every (and I mean every) military conflict to follow. Many of the donated artifacts are from Indiana residents. Women are well represented (yea!) and must have been much smaller than we are today. For local interest, there is a selection of engines from the Allison company. There is also a large section about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The museum has spilled onto the first floor to cover recent conflicts--Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan (where we apparently had Air Force members on horseback--call in the cavalry!). There is a drinking fountain you can share with two bald eagles to refresh yourself before you head upstairs to view the shrine. It is very moving and powerful. No matter your religious beliefs or your view on war, you shouldn't miss the chance to contemplate in this space. Since this whole attraction is free, try to leave a donation as you leave. What an amazing collection! And what a moving shrine to the dead of the Great War, the war to end all wars. If they had only known...

Visited September 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“See it”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

The IWM is one of the most fascinating museums I've seen, including the Smithsonian. It has marvelous architecture and areas devoted to each of our armed conflicts. It also has the finest auditorium I have ever seen.

Visited August 2013
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