• 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.

Things To Do

'Tree of Life'

This pendentive below the dome depicts the tree of life and figures holding symbols of education and the home and are meant to represent grants early life.


Visitor Center

  • Contains a permanent exhibit gallery addressing some of the major events in President Grant's life.
  • A bookstore/gift shop offers memorabilia and publications.
  • In the media room, a brief film highlights the mausoleum's construction.
  • Regularly scheduled ranger talks are available.
  • Public restrooms are available here.


  • This is the final resting place of President Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant, and a solemn place for visitors to quietly reflect on his life and achievements.
  • Visitors are invited to explore this impressive stone structure on a self-guided basis. Rangers are available to answer questions.
  • The crypt area, holding two sarcophagi that contain the remains of President Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant, are accessable for viewing.
  • Lifelike bronze busts of Grant's senior generals surround the sarcophagi in the crypt area.
  • Two reliquary rooms on the main floor contain American Civil War battle flags, surrounded by murals of maps denoting major engagements of the war.
  • Overhead, three large mosaic murals depict important scenes from Grant's military career.

Memorial Grounds

  • The plaza surrounding the mausoleum, and its adjoining grounds are part of the memorial experience, and a place for respectful contemplation of Grant's life and achievements, as well as an appreciation of the design and construction of the memorial.
  • A series of tile-mosaic benches, inspired by modernist Antoni Gaudi and completed in 1968, surround the sides and rear of the mausoleum.

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.