Indiana War Memorial116 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 431 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States, 46204
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-3172327615
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: History Museums, Historical Site, War Memorial, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Monuments And Memorials
This memorial museum is situated in the center of a 5 block Historic district known as the Indiana War Memorial Plaza historic district. The memorial is dedicated to the war heroes of the World War I and the place is also where the headquarters of the American Legion are situated. At one end is the Legion Mall and at the other is the Veterans Memorial Museum. There is also a beautiful war cenotaph built here.
The memorial was set up in 1919 in an effort to shift the American Legion headquarters from New York City to Indianapolis. The design of the War Memorial is inspired from the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus which was one of the 7 wonders of the world. The height of this building is even more than the original mausoleum. This is a fine example of Neo- classical architecture.
The blue lights in between every pillar, makes this cubical structure more prominent. The whole building has the use of Indiana limestone in its construction and it stands on a raised platform symbolizing glory.The building has four identical faces with an ionic screen of six columns in each. The columns symbolize Courage, Memory, Peace, Victory, Liberty and Patriotism. Each face is further guarded by a lion made of Indiana limestone.
The main hall of the memorial is floored with Tennessee marble and decorated with Art Deco Egyptian themes. The main part of the museum is in the lower level that is made to honor the Hoosier soldiers from the American Revolutionary War. The main exhibits here include the military flags, arms and weapons, meeting rooms, photographs and statues of brave men, replica of the USS Radio Room, the Cobra helicopter and much more. The soldiers’ and sailors’ monument is another part of this huge museum.
Indiana War Memorial Travel Tips
- Maintain silence here.
- Do not touch any of the exhibits here.
- Photography is allowed without flash light.
- No food or drinks from outside is allowed.
Indiana War Memorial Hours
Soldiers & Sailors Monument.
- Wednesday-Sunday (May to October) - 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
- Friday-Sunday (November to April) - 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
- The Rathskeller
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8.71% of people who visit Indianapolis include Indiana War Memorial in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
91.67% of people start their Indiana War Memorial visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Indiana War Memorial
50% of people prefer walking in order to reach Indiana War Memorial
Indiana War Memorial Reviews & Ratings
Awesome building right downtown that few people in Indiana check out. Amazing architecture especially inside and in the top floor. There is a amazing museum inside too. Worth any donation you give them.
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.
Beautiful landmark and tribute to our veterans. Auditorium, meeting rooms and museum. Safe place, officers inside, they don't frisk you but they don't allow bags, food or drinks.
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.