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“Don't miss this one of a kind monument.”

Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument
Ranked #12 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
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Owner description: A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
Lansing, Michigan
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“Don't miss this one of a kind monument.”
Reviewed 13 October 2008

This memorial sits right in the center of downtown Indianapolis (Meridian and Market) and is a beautiful monument to our soldiers and sailors.

Just seeing the memorial is impressive enough but it is worth the time and effort to park the car and get up close to the monument. There is a lot of artistic detail on the memorial that you will only notice if you take the time to walk around it. There are also beautiful water features, which are not apparent when you drive around it.

While we were there, the memorial itself was open and you could take the elevator or stairs to the top. As mentioned in other reviews, the memorial is about as tall as the Statue of Liberty so it is a lot of stairs. The brochure states that if the monument was built today, it would cost over 500 million dollars, so you can imagine the scale of this monument.

You can ride an elevator to the top of the monument. The elevator ride cost $1/pp. The elevator is old and takes a while but it fun to ride up and see the interior of the monument out of the glass sides of the elevator.. When you do get to the top, there is a small glass enclosed viewing area. This area gets extremely hot on warm, sunny days since there is no ventilation, so be forewarned and the glass could use a good cleaning as well.

After you see this monument, I highly recommend you drive North on Meridian to see the World War 1 Monument and the Verterans Memorial.

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“A museum, a monument and a fantastic location”
Reviewed 16 July 2006

This is one of the most unique monuments in the United States, if not the world.

It is nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty and it commemorates the common soldiers and sailors of the Civil War. It is adorned with statuary, surrounded by fountains and in the geographic center of the city and the state.

Don't miss the Civil War museum underneath and the trip to the top. There is an elevator or you can take the steps.

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“Steps to top”
Reviewed 23 September 2002

I am originally from Indy and have been to the Monument many times. In all the reading I do about it, nothing is ever mentioned of the Steps going to the top. In raising money for the restoration of the Monument some years back, steps were bought for $1,000 to be dedicated to someone. We purchased one for my husband's brother, who was KIA in WWII. Just wish more was said of this topic and people could go read what is on the various steps. Thank you.

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“An amazing monument”
Reviewed 13 August 2001

Located in the center of Indianapolis, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument towers over the Circle. The monument is a masterpiece and is actually much larger than it appears. The only true way to get an appreciation for it is to walk up the steps to see how large it actually is. Until 30 years ago or so the monument was by far the tallest structure in Indianapolis.

Located in the basement of the monument is the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum. The museum takes you on a trip back in time as it follows an Indiana recruit from training, to the battlefield and back.

Indianapolis is a city that celebrates its past. Other sites to see downtown are the Indiana World War Memorial, the USS Indianapolis Memorial (the US Navy's worst maritime loss), and the Medal Of Honor memorial.

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