Indiana War Memorial Museum

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Historic Plaza

The Indiana War Memorial Museum is a 30,000 square foot chronological museum that portrays American military history from the Revolutionary War to the present day, with special focus on Indiana's role in our nation's conflicts. The museum includes exhibits on the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Gulf War, the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, and various peacekeeping operations around the world. The IWM Museum is dedicated to commemorating the valor, achievements and sacrifices of American and Hoosier veterans, and to educating the public about the vital role Indiana and her citizens have played in America's military history. Admission is free.


The museum's collection includes thousands of weapons, uniforms, medals, artillery, vehicles, models, military equipment, and other artifacts. Each gallery features various firearms and equipment used by America and her allies and enemies. Artillery pieces on display include a Mexican War/Civil War bronze 6-pound cannon with limber, a World War I 75mm cannon, and a Vietnam-era 105mm Howitzer. Vehicles include an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter, a Gulf War Humvee, and a World War II/Korean War-era Jeep. Also featured are large scale models of the battleship USS Indiana (BB-58) and the B-2 'Spirit of Indiana' Stealth Bomber, the control center of the USS Indianapolis (SSN-697) nuclear attack submarine, and a collection of original World War I and II recruiting posters. Visitors can also search touch screen driven interactive databases containing information about Hoosier veterans of World Wars I and II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

VISITOR INFORMATION

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    431 N. Meridian St,
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

  • hours

    Wednesday - Sunday
    9:00am - 5:00pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Open Monday 11/11/2013 -

          Veterans Day

           9:00am - 5:00pm

    Closed Thursday 11/28/2013 -

          Thanksgiving 

    Closed Friday 11/29/2013 -

          Lincoln's Birthday

           (observed) 

    Closed Wednesday 12/25/2013

          Christmas

    Closed Wednesday 1/1/2014 -

          New Year's Day 

     

  • cost

    Free Admission
    Open to Public

Features

Radio Room

USS Indianapolis Radio Room

The USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Gallery, dedicated to the crew of the famous World War II heavy cruiser, is located in the east hallway of the main floor of IWM. The gallery contains uniforms, medals, photographs, flags, pennants, artwork, newsletters, documents, and other artifacts from sailors and Marines that served aboard the ship. Special features include a highly-detailed scale model of the ship, a large map illustrating her campaigns in the Pacific Theater, the ships bell, and the 1936 Presidential Flag flown by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when using the cruiser as his 'Ship of State'. Also on display is the Tiffany Silver Service originally used on the battleship USS Indiana (BB-1) during the Spanish-American War, and later on the USS Indianapolis during World War II. Near the gallery is the USS Indianapolis Radio Room, a fully operational recreation of the radio room aboard the ship, featuring original World War II equipment.

Battle Flags

Battle Flag Collection

The Indiana War Memorial Museum also houses the State's collection of over 400 original battle flags, the majority of which are national and regimental flags from Indiana regiments that served in the American Civil War. Several of them are on display in the museum, including the regimental of the 11th Indiana Infantry Regiment commanded by Lew Wallace, Adjutant General of Indiana and author of Ben Hur, and the national colors of the 28th Regiment, US Colored Troops, Indiana's famous African-American regiment. The Indiana War Memorial Museum is currently engaged in a campaign to conserve several of the most historically-significant and/or endangered flags, and we need your help! Please click here for more information on how you can personally contribute to the preservation of these historic and priceless artifacts.