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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Lori M
California1,909 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 10 April 2024
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Texas Traveler 59
Cedar Hill, TX239 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Solo
No one really cares about Grant or his presidency. The tomb has no educational value at all. We are wasting our tax dollars keeping it open.
Written 15 June 2023
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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 9 April 2023
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EricS
204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Resembles Napoleon's tomb in Paris. Extremely easy to get to and in a beautiful part of the city being right outside of Columbia University. Worth the stop to get away from the crowd.
Written 7 April 2023
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Stan Tecza
Connecticut11,336 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Family
Nobody is buried in Grants Tomb since the crypt is above ground and General Grant and his wife are viewable to the public at this historic site in Riverside Park.
Written 24 March 2023
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Aruba1204
Oxford, CT276 contributions
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Mar 2023
Grant's Tomb is a mausoleum located in Riverside Park in New York City. It is the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States and the Union Army General who led the North to victory in the Civil War. The tomb was constructed between 1891 and 1897 and is considered a significant landmark in American history and architecture. There is no entrance fee to this monument and it is a great way for young students to learn about American history.

The idea for Grant's Tomb originated soon after Grant's death in 1885. A national competition was held to determine the design of the monument, and it was ultimately awarded to John Hemenway Duncan, an American architect from Washington, D.C. Duncan's design for the tomb was modeled after the ancient Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Construction of Grant's Tomb began in 1891 and took six years to complete. The mausoleum is constructed of white marble and granite and features a domed roof and ornate columns. The tomb is 150 feet long, 90 feet wide, and 95 feet high. It is the largest mausoleum in North America.

The interior of Grant's Tomb is equally impressive. Visitors enter through bronze doors that weigh over 8,000 pounds. Inside, there is a rotunda with a height of over 90 feet. The center of the rotunda features a large marble sarcophagus that contains the remains of Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant.

Grant's Tomb is a popular tourist destination in New York City. The tomb is open to the public. In addition to being a significant historical landmark, Grant's Tomb is also an important example of Beaux-Arts architecture, a style that was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Grant's Tomb contains the remains of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant. It is also a memorial to the Union Army soldiers who fought in the Civil War. The names of all the Union generals are inscribed on the walls of the tomb, and there is a statue of Grant on horseback located outside the mausoleum.
Written 13 March 2023
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tangojohnDallas
Dallas, TX1,170 contributions
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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 7 February 2023
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,098 contributions
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Jan 2023 • Solo
Ulysses S. Grant rose from an obscure background to lead the armies that won the Civil War, and then served two terms as President, fighting for the civil rights of the freed slaves. He was famous and revered when he died, and this enormous mausoleum memorializes him. The coffins of Grant lie at the lower level below a soaring rotunda that looks similar to the US Capitol. There are three mosaics depicting major military victories, Union Army battle flags and busts of his generals, but mausoleum is otherwise surprisingly sparse. Possibly this is because everyone knew about Grant: no explanation was necessary. The Memorial is a bit out of the way from Midtown Manhattan, but well worth visiting.
Written 8 January 2023
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,793 contributions
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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 27 October 2022
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN5,809 contributions
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Sept 2022 • Solo
Trip advisor, at least as of the time of this review, is incorrect. The interior is finally open again.

If you know anything about Grant, you know he wanted to do right, was a man of morals, but was constantly tortured by war and conflict. He tried his best to make changes in the country after the civil war, but his advisors and staff were unscrupulous. His legacy really is misunderstood.

The grounds are beautiful. Greenery, plenty of seating. Close to Morningside Park and Harlem sites. There are usually unicyclists, jugglers, artists.

This is the largest mausoleum in this hemisphere. The inside is imposing, glorious, and somehow sad too. The architecture is magnificent. This man lived such a difficult life, you have to hope he found some peace.

Worth a stop when you’re uptown.
Written 4 September 2022
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