The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is closed for construction.
Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum
The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, located on the lower level of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, is a 9,000-square-foot museum that explores the impact of the Civil War on the people of Indiana.
Hours: Wed.-Sun. (May to October), Fri.-Sun. (November to April), 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Admission to the museum is free, although donations are appreciated.
The museum features:
EXHIBITS ON INDIANA’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CIVIL WAR, from home front to battlefield
AUDIO-VISUAL DISPLAYS showing various aspects of Civil War soldiers’ lives, including the mustering of troops, long marches, camp life, the battlefield, hospitals and medicine, prisoner of war camps, and the final return home
Eli Lilly was an American soldier, pharmacist, chemist and businessman who founded the Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical corporation.
At 23 years old, Lilly enlisted in the Putnam Rifles, 21st Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Militia in 1861, where he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. On June 4, 1865, a few weeks before his 27th birthday, he was promoted to Colonel.
In addition to being a successful Indianapolis businessman, Lilly was actively involved in the community. He served on the Indianapolis Board of Trade, organizing the distribution of natural gas to businesses and residents, and served as founder and director of the Commercial Club, a forerunner of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.