General Grant National Memorial
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
John Duncan, 1897; Restoration, 1995-1997

The final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia is the largest mausoleum in North America. It is a testament to a people's gratitude for the man who ended the American Civil War, and then, as President of the United States, strove to heal the nation. Following Grant's death in 1885, the Grant Monument Association was created to fund, build, and maintain an appropriate tomb to the greatest hero in America. They collected over $600,000 through a private donation campaign, the largest of the time. The association selected a design for the tomb created by New York architect John H. Duncan. He was largely inspired by one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, with features that recall the tombs of Emperor Hadrian in Rome and of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Dôme des Invalides in Paris.

On April 27, 1897, the completed tomb was dedicated by President William McKinley, with over a million spectators in attendance. Also present was Grant's widow and former first lady, Julia. She would join her husband five years later, in 1902. Over the next several decades, the Grant Monument, as it was officially called, became the largest tourist destination in New York City. Art was added in 1938, largely under the Depression-era program of the Works Progress Administration. In 1959, administration of the site was transferred to the National Park Service, and its name was officially changed to the General Grant National Memorial.

Access Notes: The mausoleum, or tomb, of Ulysses and Julia Grant is not wheelchair accessible. The visitor center, located on south-bound Riverside Drive, is accessible via a ramp.

Since the first OHNY Weekend in 2003, this site is one of almost 50 have participated for 10 or more years. When you visit, please thank them for championing an open city! To see a full list of 15th Anniversary sites, click here.

 

UPDATE: Please note that, while the site will be open during the hours indicated, guided tours will not be offered. The site will also be closed from 1-2pm each day due to staffing shortages.

 

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