Indiana War Memorial#4 in Best Things To Do in Indianapolis
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Considered an Indiana landmark, the Indiana War Memorial comprises two museums, three parks and 24 acres of monuments, statues, sculptures and fountains. So, if you're a fan of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., you'll likely enjoy spending a few hours here. In fact, Indianapolis is second only to D.C. in acreage and number of monuments dedicated to veterans.
Of the two museums within the historic plaza, you'll want to spend the majority of your time in the Indiana War Memorial Museum, especially the Shrine Room. Described by recent visitors as "breathtaking" and "peaceful," the Shrine Room is dedicated to fallen soldiers of World War I and features materials hailing from around the globe, which symbolizes the worldwide effort it took to end the war.
The building also houses a free military museum that showcases the history of Indiana's veterans, from the Battle of Tippecanoe through the present. Among the artifacts on display are the USS Indianapolis gallery, military firearms and uniforms, and an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter.
Recent travelers also recommended making time for the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, housed on the lower level of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument (another must-see that boasts its own observation deck).
The Indiana War Memorial is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The War Memorial and the museums are closed on Monday and Tuesday and on national and state holidays, except for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. There is no admission charge for either museum. For more information, visit the IWM website.
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