The five-block Indiana War Memorial Plaza features the 210-foot-high neoclassical Indiana World War Memorial Building, which was created after World War I.
On the upper level is the Shrine Room, a dark and solemn place surrounded by huge blood-red columns. In the center, a 17-by-30-foot American flag hangs over the Altar of Consecration. High above, light filters in through dark blue stained glass windows.
The museum on the lower level covers Hoosiers’ roles in all of America’s wars, up to and including the war on terror. Two new exhibits, a renovated Vietnam War section and a new Cold War exhibit, opened in May 2003.
The building is open Wednesday–Sunday from 9am - 6pm.
Even if you're not interest in the military history of the nation from it's founding to the present, you have to go inside this museum. It's the huge stone tower in the park, on Michigan Ave. You feel as if you're walking into a military bunker from WWI (1913-1918) or WWI (1939-1946). Solid stone, many feet thick surround you in an eerie silence. The halls are silent as there are few visitors. The cool air seeps into your clothes. Try it in August, it's quite refreshing.
Once in side, the galleries run around the building with mementos, artifacts and stories of the men and women who have served in all the wars this nations been in. You'll not find the large guns or aircraft as they don't fit into the building, but you'll find many other interesting things.
National Park Serivce War Memorial Plaza National Historic Register Site
The Indianapolis War Memorial is an impressive sight. 210 feet (64 meters) high, finished in 1951. It is one of Indianapolis's most famous buildings. The memorial and museum were built to honor Indiana war dead from World War I, even though construction was not completed until after World War II. The Indiana War Memorial was modeled after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and resembles the Temple of the Scottish Rite in Washington, DC. Six figures representing Courage, Memory, Peace, Victory, Liberty, and Patriotism are found on each side of the structure.
All though its not unusual for American cities to have Civil war or World war memorials. The scale of these memorials in Indianapolis is unprecedented.