The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District, in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, is composed of predominantly Neoclassical buildings and structures, landscaped open space, and sculptural ensembles. The district is flanked on the west by Meridian Street, the primary north-south route running through the center of the city and on the east by Pennsylvania Street. Because of its location between two primary north-south traffic arteries, the Plaza provides a monumental entrance to the Indianapolis business district from the north.
The plaza, along with the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument, two blocks to the south, and the USS Indianapolis Memorial, five blocks west, comprise the holdings of the Indiana War Memorial Commission. The commission operates these facilities in pursuit of the inscription carved in stone above the main entrance to the World War Memorial:
"To commemorate the valor and sacrifice of the land, sea and air forces of the United State and all who rendered faithful and loyal service at home and overseas in the World War; to inculcate a true understanding and appreciation of the privileged of American citizenship; to inspire patriotism and respect for the laws to the end that peace may prevail, justice be administered, public order maintained and liberty perpetuated."
431 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Closed weekends and holidays.
Phone: (317) 232-7615
Fax: (317) 233-4285
The Indiana War Memorials consist of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, University Park, the World Wars Memorial, Veteran's Memorial Plaza, American Legion Mall and the USS Indianapolis Memorial. They are operated by the Indiana War Memorials Commission to commemorate the valor and sacrifice of Hoosier veterans of our nation's conflicts and to provide for the education and enjoyment of visitors.
There are two Indiana War Memorial Museums. A "time-line" museum of Indiana's role in our nation's conflicts is housed in the lower level of the Indiana War Memorial building. The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is in the lower level of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. The Civil War Museum is open from open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday - Sunday. The Indiana War Memorial Museum is open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday - Sunday. The War Memorial Building and the museums are closed on Monday, Tuesday and on some national holidays. There is no admission charge for either museum.
Tours and Group Visits:
Groups are always welcome during operating hours. Veteran group tours or Bus group tours during non-operating hours and/or guided tours may be available given sufficient advanced notice. School group tours must be given during regular operating hours. Tour groups should register in advance. Registered tours will take precedence over unscheduled groups. To make reservations, please call (317) 233-0528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.