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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument

1 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2901
+1 317-233-0991
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Monument circle

The Colonel Eli museum is in fact the central obelisk monument standing in the middle of downtown... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
B1714D
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Belgrade, Serbia
Great View of the City

It's a great view of the city from the observation deck. The elevator costs only $2 per rider which... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sarahG8484SQ
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Columbus, Ohio
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A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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1 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2901
Downtown Indianapolis
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"observation deck"
in 22 reviews
"elevator ride"
in 16 reviews
"small elevator"
in 6 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 5 reviews
"a small gift shop"
in 8 reviews
"downtown indianapolis"
in 24 reviews
"great view of the city"
in 7 reviews
"climb the stairs"
in 6 reviews
"quick tour"
in 4 reviews
"piece of history"
in 5 reviews
"christmas tree"
in 7 reviews
"circle city"
in 6 reviews
"within walking distance"
in 7 reviews
"great history"
in 5 reviews
"the lower level"
in 5 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 7 reviews
"fountains"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Colonel Eli museum is in fact the central obelisk monument standing in the middle of downtown Indy Monument circle. The monument is dedicated to civil war victims. Visiting it was on our bucket list, but unfortunately we were there on 3rd Jan, and for...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a great view of the city from the observation deck. The elevator costs only $2 per rider which I would definitely recommend rather than the many flights of stairs that can be kind of dangerous. The observation deck is indoors, but it is very...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to hangout in the summer and people watch. Climbing up to the top of the tower and you have a pretty good view of downtown Indy. They always hold events around here like farmers markets or even "Ninja Warrior" obstacle courses.

Thank Wayne S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This exhibit is Worth your time. Beautiful monument in the heart of the city. Make sure you put this on your list when visiting Indy

Thank Jeffrey M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped by here almost by accident. Despite living in Indianapolis for a while, I never realized there was a museum under the Monument. When I went it was free. It's pretty small, but it's a nice overview of the civil war with interesting uniforms...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

They have the whole circle lite up for Christmas. There are horse drawn carriage rides as well. Defiantly a must see when visiting Indianapolis

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

I was here during an abortion awareness outreach and got to visit the monument afterwards. It has steps you can take to the top(lots) or an elevator you can pay to ride. I did neither. It has a nice little gift shop inside too. Very...More

Thank Mason G
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

This is a must when visiting Indianapolis. You can go up to the top of the monument, and get one of the best views of the city. There are 331 steps to take to the top for those wanting a great workout...and no time to...More

Thank Cabeers
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

This place is amazing. You can't believe the size of this when you see it in person. In pictures, it just looks like an ordinary statue or something, but in reality, this monument is enormous. I don't know what else to say. You just have...More

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Grand memorial with interesting historical markers posted in several locations on this huge monument. Stairs or elevator takes you to the top for a city view. The

Thank Supoc
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sully06
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.
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sully06
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
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