Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis

4.7
#5 of 88 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

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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  • October 3, 2017
    You will be surprised by how interesting and how much is in this museum. Make sure you have a few hours or come back and see what you missed. Oh and it's free.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    It says don't eat right before you go up. We did. Don't go if you are afraid of heights. I am. It is also a bit tight in the elevator and the stairs but just a great view. I thoroughly enjoyed looking...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    While touring the Indiana War Memorial is always an amazing journey - allow about an hour +30 to see it all, they now have a couple of special side rooms at the end devoted to the USS Indianapolis - a...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    This is an absolute must-see. We were taken aback by everything about this beautiful and well-kept memorial. The outside is incredibly grand and will inspire dozens of pictures. The inside is stunning. There is a beautiful theater that has been kept historical intact as if you were stepping into the past. There is a memorial room that is incredible, a true place to reflect on the sacrifices made by our service men and women. Downstairs is a large museum that guides you through all the wars of our American history. Couldn't recommend this place enough.
  • May 31, 2017
    Beautiful memorial to our veterans especially of the WW1 era. Remarkable recreated scenes and memorabilia of wars past and present. I was in total awe! Best of all admission is free. Not to be missed, a must see, may be boring somewhat for children under 10 years of age.
  • June 20, 2017
    The most impressive place I've seen in some time. From the outside to the inside, this building will take you back to a time, when life was about bold, gold, glamour, and marble. Visit this war museum, it's not like any other place around.
  • June 1, 2017
    They have a cobra attack helicopter inside !!!!This is one of the best places in Indianapolis. I love it here !! Beautiful architecture never crouded. Great exhibits !! ITS FREE !! never a bad place to spend a few hours looking at some weapons and history of the state.
  • May 7, 2017
    This is a short walk from monument circle. There are nice views from the top of the steps and some nice prices of art in the nearby parks. Definitely a beautiful place to sit and enjoy a Midwest spring day.

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