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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

1 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN
+1 317-233-0528
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Beautiful monument but elevator closed

Found out the elevator was closed with no date given for reopening. You cannot take the stairs if... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Modesto, CA
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Beautiful Monument

On it's own, the monument's stature is impressive and is quite beautiful. I enjoyed looking at the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Plain City, Ohio
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A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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1 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN
Downtown Indianapolis
+1 317-233-0528
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found out the elevator was closed with no date given for reopening. You cannot take the stairs if the elevator is not working.

Thank MaryModesto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On it's own, the monument's stature is impressive and is quite beautiful. I enjoyed looking at the sculptures on all sides of it and it's surrounding pools. The museum inside, while not huge, is of a decent size and have some nice exhibits and there...More

Thank JStarkey2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe not the kind of place to go multiple times, but worth a visit at least once, especially in the summer, as it is quite cool here in the basement of the monument.

Thank TravReisender
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and i have never been here and was neat to check out. Didnt realize it was a tower you could climb and a museum underneath, so that was great to explore! Cant wait to bring the kids here!

Thank Toni Z
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The monument, dedicated in 1902, is 284 feet tall and surrounded by pools and fountains and compelling sculptures. There are narrow stairs that wind all the way up (331 steps). The stairs wind around a tiny elevator that you could take but I prefer the...More

1  Thank DanielTripper
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The memorial was just around the corner from my hotel and was quite impressive when looking out and being in the center of the street/end. I walked down and loved the statues and plaques that told the history of the war.

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This museum is located in the base of the soldiers and sailors monument. There is no charge to enter. I was expecting a single room with a few artifacts, but instead got a journey through the Civil War.

Thank jenny_segers
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

I thought the best of this museum was that it had several films of the war showing how close the sides fought against each other. Some of the films you can't hear well because there were loud groups of people. It wasn't crowded and did...More

Thank EHPhxAZ
Reviewed 27 July 2017

This is the heart of Indy. I gotta see if coming to town for the first time. The Memorial is multistoried and beautifully done. Hotels and shopping are nearby. A great place to eat lunch, and people watch in the summer. Though pan handlers have...More

1  Thank P3902RQwilliamp
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We had a guided tour of the monument and civil war museum. Our tour guide, Jason, was very informative about the monument. You can take an elevator to the top, but be aware, the elevator stops and you have to finish the last 30+ steps...More

1  Thank 9Buffalolady20
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9 March 2015|
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Response from Sudhir_Raikar | Reviewed this property |
we were escorted - thanks to our kind host. But I distinctly remember he parked at the Mall in close vicinity - there was not an inch on the Monument circle.
9 March 2015|
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Response from gmaneis | Reviewed this property |
Sully06, the museum is under the big monument on monument circle in downtown Indy, and has, as you can imagine, a circular street all around it, like a big roundabout, but with stop lights. The only parking is in garages... More