General Grant National Memorial
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General Grant National Memorial

General Grant National Memorial
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COVID-19 Response UPDATE: Beginning August 26, 2020, General Grant NM reopened access to: General Grant NM Main Plaza General Grant NM Overlook Pavilion With public health in mind, the following facilities/operations remain CLOSED/suspended at this time: General Grant NM Mausoleum and Mosaic Benches General Grant NM Visitor Center and Public Restroom Facilities Check Website for latest information about site access, virtual tours, and, upcoming events Site description: A Unit of the National Park Service, the site serves as the final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia. This is also the largest mausoleum in North America. It testifies to a people's gratitude for the man who ended the bloodiest conflict in American history as Commanding General of the Union Army and then, as the 18th President of the United States, who strove to heal a nation after a civil war and make rights for all citizens a reality.
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Neighborhood: Morningside Heights
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  • 125th St • 7 min walk
  • 116th St – Columbia University • 9 min walk
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Greg Harris
Bronx, NY1,989 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Couples
The General Grant National Memorial aka Grant’s Tomb is a gorgeously designed domed mausoleum that is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York.

Grant’s Tomb serves as the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President Of The United States, & his wife Julia Grant. In addition to being a national memorial, Grant’s Tomb is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places & is a recognized New York City landmark.

In April of 2023, I brought my wife and myself for a visit to Grant’s Tomb and we were first struck by the beauty and sheer size of this magnificent landmark. We both understood that its great size and long-standing preservation of the mausoleum reflects the immense impact that Ulysses Grant had on the United States.

Grant was the top ranking Commanding General that led the Union Army to victory in the American Civil War. He would subsequently become a successful President Of The United States, during which he would work to protect the rights of African Americans and help reunite the country in the period known as “Reconstruction.”

When exploring the memorial’s interior, both my wife and I were impressed with the stunning mosaic murals which portray Grant’s most celebrated campaigns; Grant on horseback during the Vicksburg Campaign, Grant on Missionary Ridge; & Grant’s acceptance of General Robert E Lee’s surrender.

The highlight of our visit was getting the chance to view and take pictures of the sarcophagi, which contains the remains of President and Mrs. Grant. The sarcophagi are made of red granite and weight over 8 tons. It is very well preserved and is surrounded by the busts of five of Grant’s greatest lieutenants.

If you love art, architecture and history, then you definitely should take a moment to visit and explore The General Grant National Memorial!!!
Written April 9, 2023
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,793 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I finally got to this famous memorial while on my long postponed return trip to NYC. It was Open House NYC Weekend, and a gorgeous October Saturday when I visited.

The setting is in a beautiful park that overlooks the Hudson River, and includes a maker telling the story of the famous old Claremont Inn that stood nearby. There is also an intriguing mosaic covered serpentine like sculpture on the border walls behind the memorial, rather like the one at Parc Guell in Barcelona.

The NPS rangers offered information about the history and construction of the monument. In addition to the resting place of General Grant and his wife Julia (who are entombed above ground, not buried, per the ranger), there are murals depicting various Civil War battles and a collection of historical flags from the conflict.

In a time where our differences seem to be greater than our commonalities, it was a sobering visit for me. I am glad I made the effort to visit such a shrine.
Written October 27, 2022
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LittleSis54
Chicago, IL227 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
From the news I had been watching, I was under the impression New York City had reopened in July. On our visit we arrived to find many museums closed during the week, and Grant's Memorial, a national venue, was also fenced off and gates chained. We at least got to see the outside, but it was disappointing.
Written July 12, 2021
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Lori M
California1,910 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Friends
closed the day we were there but we sill enjoyed seeing the majestic structure. it's very stately and respectful. from the pictures it looks beautiful inside! we felt like we were in DC for a moment. US Park Service does a wonderful job so I'm sure a visit inside would be well worth your time.
Written April 10, 2024
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Jerome M
Gary, IN1,626 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
General U.S. Grant is an American hero to the Union Army. It was through his leadership that the Civil War was won by the North. There is a lot of history on this man in the gift shop. This memorial is good, but the real information is located in the gift shop by viewing the film. You will learn things that you didn't know. There is no parking lot so you have to do the best you can. A good way to spend an hour or two.
Written May 28, 2020
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This was my third visit to NYC, but the very first time I've visited this memorial.
We did it after our Harlem tour, as the memorial is at the western Harlem, by the Hudson river.
It is set in a beautiful park, with a calm atmosphere. The tree arched walkway made a spectacular site while approaching it.
However, we were disappointed finding it closed due to Covid ??!!
Written June 23, 2022
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tangojohnDallas
Dallas, TX1,171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Despite this website saying it is temporarily closed that is not true. It is open limited hours.

We visited it and only one park employee was there. Much more interesting that I expected. Very cold outside but nice and warm inside.

I would recommend this.
Written February 7, 2023
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MJL59
Colchester, CT32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
They allow 10 people in at a time during COVID. The visitor center is closed....which I think maybe more than I initially thought before going. Inside the upper rotunda (which is open) you can see the tomb's of Grant and his wife. There is a painting and some flag displays. If you are nearby, I'd certainly go. But I'm not sure it is worth a trip until it is fully open.
Written May 30, 2022
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mooboo9
Lancaster, UK266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Went here after visit to MoMA. It’s interesting No one else there when we went or left! It’s a shame as this is General Grant/ president Grant! Watched a film about him after visiting his tomb. Its not open all day so check times of opening.
Written March 17, 2019
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Huapanguero
Mexia, TX124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
i didnt know this was in nyc until i arrived and seen it on my hop on hop off map. made the stop there it is free and cool place to see. they close every other hour or something like that but if you arrive in the hour its closed like i did, they have a museum in the area that has a documentary about Grant.
Written September 20, 2018
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