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

August 28-October 31, 2015

SPARK - Monument Circle

August 28-October 16, 2015

SPARK - Phone Fridays

August 28-October 16, 2015

SPARK - Social Saturdays

August 29-October 10, 2015

SPARK - Cycle Sundays

August 30-October 11, 2015

SPARK - Mellow Mondays

August 31-October 12, 2015

SPARK - Talking Tuesdays

September 1-October 13, 2015

SPARK - Walking Wednesdays

September 2-October 14, 2015

SPARK - Throwback Thursdays

September 3-October 15, 2015

Haunted Indianapolis Downtown Ghost Walk

September 5, 2015

SPARK - Fantastical Film Shorts by Georges Méliès, the First Wizard of Cinema

September 10, 2015

SPARK - Civil War Re-enactment

September 12, 2015

Welcoming Week

September 12-20, 2015

Yelp's White Night

September 13, 2015

Downtown Indy's Workforce Week

September 14-18, 2015

Inspired Beauty

September 17, 2015

SPARK - World's Largest Collage Party

September 24, 2015

Circle City Classic Pep Rally

September 25, 2015

Haunted Indianapolis Downtown Ghost Walk

September 25, 2015

SPARK - Super Moon Viewing

September 28, 2015

SPARK - Film Night on the Circle - Beyond Zero: 1914-1918

October 1, 2015

Monument Circle Art Fair

October 10, 2015

Haunted Indianapolis Downtown Ghost Walk

October 16, 2015

Haunted Indianapolis Downtown Ghost Walk

October 24, 2015

Haunted Indianapolis Downtown Ghost Walk

October 30, 2015

Circle of Lights Tree Lighting

November 27, 2015