• General Grant National Memorial

    General Grant

    National Memorial New York

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  • Change in closing days

    Starting September 22nd 2014 we will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The site will be opened Wednesday through Sunday until further notice. Operating hours will remain the same.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Why does Grant get such a big tomb?

Answer: As the victorious commanding general of the Union Army, Ulysses S. Grant is credited as the defender of the Union. He was respected in both the North and the South. When he died, Grant was the most popular American - domestically and internationally.

Question: Why is he buried in New York?

Answer: For the last five years of his life, U.S. Grant resided in New York City. He requested to be buried in the city.

Question: Why are there no public restrooms?

Answer: According to oral tradition, Mrs. Grant requested that there never be a public restroom in her tomb.

Did You Know?

Lincoln assassination

Ulysses Grant narrowly missed Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Mr. and Mrs. Grant were invited to Ford Theater with President and Mrs. Lincoln. However, he and his wife decided to travel to New Jersey to visit their children instead. Had Grant attended, he may have been a target as well.