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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

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An iconic part of Indy

This monument is an iconic part of Indy, and it’s nice to see it up close. You can pay to take an... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Michael P
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My favorite

This Monument is very big and very interesting . Took the Elevator up to the observation deck... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
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1 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2901
Downtown Indianapolis
+1 317-233-0991
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This monument is an iconic part of Indy, and it’s nice to see it up close. You can pay to take an elevator to the top observation deck, or climb the 330 steps for free (which is what we did). If you climb the steps,...More

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Monument is very big and very interesting . Took the Elevator up to the observation deck little claustrophobic for me , but once we got out of the elevator and onto the observation deck I was OK.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Alas, I thought I was stronger than I was and attempted to get to the top of this historic monument via elevator but exactly 60 seconds later in my claustrophobic hell I couldn’t do it. I rushed back to the death trap or “elevator” as...More

Thank Charise M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You have got two options - elevator (2 USD) or 331 steps :-) I have chosen steps, which was in very hot day really difficult, but the view from the top was really fantastic. I recommend.

Thank Petrs70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know when Eli Lilly bought this town, must have been 1966 that's when I moved to Florida. The Civil War Museum looks very good, so they are doing a good job with maintenance.

Thank 387indy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the monument on a fine June Sunday afternoon. The 300-foot-tall monument is impressive, built around 1900 to honor mainly Hoosier soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War. Although if you read the panels on the side of the memorial, it also honors...More

Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you want a bit of a challenge, climb to the top of this monument. offerers great views of the circle. rather impressive monument with a nice bit of history

Thank jon s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful monument in the middle of downtown. You can walk up for free or take the elevator for $2. It's a quick visit and you get a nice view of the city in all directions. Elevator and stairwells are tight--not good if you're claustrophobic or...More

Thank UF_RX_1999
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Another favorite of mine when visiting out of town??? The best place to see the city. And there is not better place than 284 feet in downtown! The monument, designed by Bruno Schmitz, was built from 1881 to 1901. Originally this was going to honor...More

1  Thank Sburris65
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The monument and statues are nice. We enjoyed the fountains. Not a whole lot to do but there are restaurants and shopping in the area.

1  Thank Traveler76AZ
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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