Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis

4.7
#5 of 128 in Museums in Indiana
Hours of operation:

Indiana War Memorial, Shrine Room & Military Museum

431 North Meridian St

Open Wednesday-Sunday 9am-5pm except:

Closed all State Holidays

Soldiers and Sailors Monument

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Gift Shop & Observation Deck (south entry)

10:30am – 5:30pm

Friday through Sunday November to April

Wednesday through Sunday May to October

Observation Deck closes at 5:15p on open days

Closed on all State Holidays

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10:30am – 5:30pm

Friday through Sunday November to April

Wednesday through Sunday May to October

Closed on all State Holidays
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  • I lived near Indianapolis for 12 years and had no idea that you could actually go *inside* the Indiana War Memorial until I came back decades later for a visit and saw it listed in a guidebook. "Enter...  more »
  • Sumptuous building, immense, advise some 2 hours for those who like history and read the details of museums, like me. It has a Hall with a giant u.s. flag and lit on the ceiling. The Museum is very Rico in detail and real parts, airplanes, guns, clothing, sounds, as if you really were inserted in the context of a war. Shows the participation of the people of Indiana in major wars, such as 1st and 2nd world wars, Viet Nam war, Korea. Also has a section dedicated to the tragedy of September 11 with tribute to the dead in the World Trade Center born in Indiana. Admission is free, courteous service and you can pick up at the entrance to a booklet with guidelines, returning at the end. The day we visited, was going on a graduation ceremony, all with those typical clothes that we see in the movies. Excellent location, right in the heart of Indianapolis, with a lovely square around and several buildings surrounding the Memorial.
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  • I've lived and worked in Indianapolis for many years and still get goosebumps when I see the sunset over the city from this memorial. Great for the traveler, exerciser (lots of stairs here!) and even ...  more »
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  • FANTASTIC place! Great timeline of American military history that pertains not only to Indiana, but the U.S. as well. The Shrine Room is breathtaking and demands reverence-you'll understand when you get there. Extremely well done! A MUST SEE if you're a supporter of our armed forces or a student of American, and Indiana, military history.
  • This place is immaculate! I had no idea how grand and vast it was inside! Free admission. We even decided to choose the auditorium for our wedding venue! They offer a discount for Veterans. I would definitely recommend going on a weekend or day off!🇺🇸
  • Impressive outer structure. Did not know you could go inside until we walked around it. Even more impressive on the inside. It would cost billions to build today. One of the best military museums that I have ever seen. The shrine on the top floor is mind blowing!
  • This place is amazing! I can't believe they packed so much history into this building. Beautiful, very clean and organized. A MUST SEE if you are in Indianapolis! Great for all ages. Full of displays that will attract even the youngest childrens attention. Plan on staying a few hours, there is so much to see, read and hear, you do not want to miss any of it. Very informative and very respectfully displayed. I highly recommend! If this place doesn't leave you feeling grateful for your freedom, you are a lost soul.
  • This is a beautiful structure - no doubt about it. However, it can be very dangerous for kids. There are a lot of stairs. There are a lot of places where kids can climb, and, unfortunately, could fall a long way. We didn’t see any hours posted. We were very curious as to what was inside, but saw no information about that, either. Some views from the top are very nice, while others are obstructed by nearby buildings.
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