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Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis

4.7
Military Museum · Hidden Gem · Monument
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

Monument Circle

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

Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum

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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  • What a great facility! Looking at how Indiana contributed to the war efforts throughout the years. The architecture is stunning! Admission is free. You can easily spend a couple of hours seeing all....  more »
  • I had driven past this many times and always wondered what was inside. It is worth your time, and free, although there are a LOT of stairs to climb. It's interesting to read the information about...  more »
  • This was the surprise jewel of my day in downtown Indianapolis. It was recommended by the information lady at the Indiana History Museum and I’m very glad I took the walk to find it. This structure...  more »
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  • This was absolutely amazing! I can't believe it was free with the amount of information, history, and artifacts on display. If you decide to visit, go to the basement first and end the tour going upstairs. I spent several hours reading the displays and didn't manage to read nearly half of what was on display. I would return without hesitation and encourage those history buffs to check this out. They could easily charge admission for this outstanding exhibit.
  • Glad to see this amazing place is getting a face lift. Have loved this place since I first saw it in 1974. It’s history as a building in Indy is pretty cool. A lot of artifacts from Wars gone by and it could use some updating. My favorite part is up the stairs. It must be like the Holy of Holies... very sacred place. Not too sad, incredibly patriotic. Very special.
  • An amazing sense of both the history and horrors of war. While not exactly "young child" appropriate, it is worth bringing them just to see the Shrine. Also, info (and relics) of the USS Indianapolis, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon attack. Be warned, LOTS of stairs, but so very very moving as to be 100% worth going.
  • If you're into history in any degree, you'll need several hours to go through this memorial. There is so much information, on the various wars and conflicts, that it may take days to read everything here. When visiting you must be sure to go to the sanctuary, all the way at the top. It's a very reverent, almost sacred setting. There are quite a few stairs here so it's not wheel chair / handicap accessible.
  • Really nice place to meet up with friends in the summer time, to hang out and read a book or just to get some fresh air. The memorial is beautiful and the sound of the fountain is soothing. Located between the public library and the circle. It's a cool spot to skate as well, I don't know if it's against the rules and if cops or security will show but I've been lucky so far lmao.

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