Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis

4.7
#5 of 88 in Museums in Indiana
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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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  • 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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  • Inspiring! The building itself is beautiful, and the exhibits very well done. It may not be huge, but one could spend hours here reading all the history and stories they have on display. Parts of the museum feel immersive, like it takes you to the place these soldiers were. The atmosphere is reverent; just walking in made a sense of hush come over me. I definitely recommend visiting this place!
  • A hidden gem in downtown Indianapolis. Free admission to a huge museum covering the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts. Outstanding artifacts and displays. Obviously a lot of attention is given to Indiana Vets and their service, and the USS Indianapolis as well. Small kids might not be able to appreciate it as much because there is very little interactive exhibits, but the displays are well done with detailed information.
  • Amazing structure! Great for exercise and sight seeing! This is one of those building in Indianapolis that gives the downtown area it's character! a Great place to park and walk down to the nightlife just to avoid the congestion but only if you have a walking buddy! This place is sometimes home to the homeless.
  • The Shrine inside is a must see. Was truly awe inspiring for its size. The exhibitions were well done and I wish I knew about the breadth of them as I would have planned to spend more time there. It being free is an amazing value!
  • Free admission! That's the best part. Family friendly. Great museum with tons of exhibits and signs. Bathrooms are nice as well. Would go again because it's so cool! :)

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