INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO-WAWV) — In the heart of Indiana, in the center of Indianapolis, sits the Indiana War Memorial Museum.
Work on the 210 foot structure began in 1926, with World War I General John Pershing laying
the cornerstone. It was dedicated on Veterans Day 1933, at a cost of 2.2 million dollars
Once inside, visitors are immediately surrounded by historical items and inspirational
messages. A good way to experience the museum, is to start on the lower level with the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Historical weapons, stories about heroic Hoosiers and the campaigns fought in the Indiana territory provide a great overview of America’s fight for
As the walk continues, you will pass through a section dedicated to the Civil War. There are
numerous original regimental flags that were used during the war. And there uniforms, maps,
interesting displays and more.
A short walk will take you into the area dedicated to World War I. There are lifelike displays,
uniforms, weapons, combat re-creations, including a walk through a trench simulation.
There’s also interesting model of the entire area in downtown Indianapolis.
The World War II and Korean War area gives the visitors a lot of information about the
wars. Different military campaigns, weapons, the creation of the Air Force and even
items from Japan and Nazi Germany.
Keep in mind, many of the items have an Indiana connection, like a section dedicated to
Indiana war correspondent Ernie Pyle. And another large area about the sinking of the USS
Next there’s The Cold War which includes impressive displays about the Vietnam War.
Visitors can spend a lot time reading and reflecting on the sacrifice of many Americans
The War on Terror also receives special attention, tracing the events that happened during and
after the attack on September 11th 2001, including a piece from the Pentagon and items from
Iraq and Afghanistan.
On main floor, there’s the very ornate and impression Pershing Auditorium. The venue is
described acoustically perfect, it has has no corners and a ceiling made of cork.
The top floor which is regarded as the most impressive part of the building, contains the Shrine
Room. It’s dedicated to the countries, and the men and women who won the First World War.
The Star of Destiny looks down on the Garrison Flag and upon the Altar of Consecration.
The room is so impressive and so inspiration.
While the memorial honors the sacrifices of many, it also continues to serve as a place where
those answer the call to serve our nation, receive inspiration and motivation.
If you’re interested in visiting, it’s open Wednesday thru Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is free, although donations are appreciated