Soldiers & Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

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1 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46204



Open Fri.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.



The monument is located on Monument Circle in the center of downtown and has come to symbolize the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.

Designed by Bruno Schmitz and constructed between 1887 and 1902, this limestone monument includes sculptures by Rudolf Schwartz (who created the figures on the structure's sides), George Brewster (who created the figure of Victory that caps the monument, as well as two astragals) and Nicolaus Geiger (who created the Army astragal).

A statue of Civil War-era governor Oliver P. Morton, created by Franklin Simmons, preceded the monument and was incorporated into its construction. John H. Mahoney then created three other similarly scaled figures (General George Rogers Clark, Governor William Henry Harrison and Governor James Whitcomb), to reflect Indiana's participation in earlier conflicts.

The Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is housed in the lower level. Observation level is 330 steps up or take the elevator to step 290.

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Monument Circle Walking Tours

May 30-October 31, 2015

SPARK - Monument Circle

June 5-September 4, 2015

Salvation Army National Donut Day

June 5, 2015

Cathedral Women's Strawberry Festival

June 11, 2015

Nature Fresh Farms #GreenInTheCity Tour

June 17, 2015

Marsh Cookout on the Circle

June 18, 2015

Monumental Yoga

June 21, 2015

Ice Cream Social on the Circle

July 10, 2015

ELANCO Lunch on the Circle

August 5, 2015

Motorcycles on Meridian

August 7, 2015

Circle City Classic Pep Rally

October 3, 2015

Monument Circle Art Fair

October 10, 2015

Circle of Lights Tree Lighting

November 27, 2015