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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Indianapolis
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Address: Indianapolis, IN
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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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Unexpected but fun.

I chanced upon this monument and museum while walking around downtown Indianapolis. I walked up the Civil War monument for the experience and the view. I wasn't disappointed. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I chanced upon this monument and museum while walking around downtown Indianapolis. I walked up the Civil War monument for the experience and the view. I wasn't disappointed. The view was great. The basement museum was impressive with many Civil War artifacts and short films. All for free. A fun way to spend an hour.

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Thank Ronald N
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you've got 30-40 minutes to spare, just walk into the museum and catch a glimpse of Indiana history. The museum is small but the displays are thoughtful and informative. Its the American Civil War from Hoosier perspective.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love that it is free and easy location. Lots of reading- not very interactive. Under the Sailors and Solder's Monument so it is easy to see both sites. from here we walked to the Capitol Bldg. Also went tot he Chocolate shop across the street!

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Thank DJF5800
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Civil War Museum was full of so much history it was amazing has history on the outside walls were it tells in details on the civil war and in the inside has vivid details.

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Thank negrarosa69
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice monument, all 4 sides are different and beautiful. The views from the top are cool, windows facing the 4 directions, north south east and west, allowing you to see downtown from above. Lots of stairs, but there is an elevator for a $2 dollar charge if you dont need or care for the exercise.

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Thank rob788
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had only lived in Indy for a week and decided to get downtown to something super touristy. You will not be disappointed with this sweet little museum. We are west coasters and having this much info about the Civil War was a treat.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoy going to the war museum durning the summer months. You can go up the stairwell and look out the windows. There is much to read and learn about those who fought in the war.

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Thank Elizabeth B
Farmland, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After living in Indiana for many years I cannot believe we have never taken the time to visit. The artifacts were very amazing and the self guided tour was very interesting. The elevator ride to the top provides a beautiful view of the city. Be warned though, there are 30 additional steps after exiting the elevator in order to reach... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

when visiting the monument, as I mentioned all the perks of that in another review, take time to enjoy the museum and go inside and up the monument!!

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Thank Brad A
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This was a museum I had ignored for decades--I imagined a funky, boring, dungeon--WOW! It may be small (which is really to its credit) but this is a fascinating, top-rate presentation of Civil War history, memorabilia and reflection. Visitors of every age will discover interesting artifacts and presentations. You can "run through" in 15 minutes and find much to enjoy,... More 

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