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“Fitting tribute”

General Grant National Memorial
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The final resting place of President Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife, Julia, is 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 President of the United States, strove to heal a nation after a civil war and make rights for all citizens a reality.
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

The General Grant National Memorial is a bit out of the way but I was glad I made the effort to go. The mausoleum is both simple and grand at the same time. You are able to walk right down to the level where the General and his wife and entombed to pay your respects. The bookshop across the street has some information about Grant's life and the memorial's establishment.

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Reviewed 4 February 2014

Let me first say I am an avid NPS junkie and more times than not anything with the NPS stamp is a worthy educational experience. I have been making my way through the NPS sites in NYC and was excited to finally get up to Grants Tomb.
1. The Tomb is beautiful if you can get in. The alternating hours make it difficult. I don't understand why they close it down every other hour. With that being said it is gorgeous.
2. The visitor center was unimpressive. Bookstore/restrooms
3. Not many rangers to engage.
4. No film.

If you are collecting stamps then I would suggest visiting Grant's Tomb otherwise make your way over to Hamilton Grange or the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace. Had excellent experiences at both.

2  Thank Frank160
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

General Ulysses S. Grant died in 1885, & was reburied here when the structure, freely modeled on the ancient Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (today in Turkey), was completed in 1897. The building is visually impressive, & entry is free, to boot; but the historically knowledgeable visitor cannot help but ponder over how such a vicious war criminal, & a declared anti-Semite, who went on to be America's most corrupt president, could be thus honored. Too many to count are the civilian victims of his Tennessee River Campaign; male noncombatants were often just lined up against the wall & shot, while the females (including any slaves) were "outraged", as rape was euphemistically called. Fittingly, the "visitor center" (using the term generously) is in the toilet building.
The surroundings are, however, pleasant, in Riverside Park (see that review). Diagonally across the street is Riverside Church (1930). This district is called Morningside Heights; home of Columbia University, it is something of a northerly extension of the Upper West Side, & is directly west of Harlem. In this area, as well as everywhere else, it's worth strolling with the architectural guidebook AIA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY.

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Reviewed 2 February 2014

The place is nice, right by the Hudson river and not crowded at all. There are 2 small rooms on each side to see the different flags and maps of the wars in which Gral. Grant fought, and stairs to access the lower level in order to see the tombs.

3  Thank Maria Lucia R
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Located in a pretty area by the Hudson River. Beautiful on the outside. Has strange hours. When we first came up it was closed at 345p but opened back up at 4p. We just walked over to Riverside Church until it reopened. The employee there was nice but besides him we were the only 2 people there. It is beautiful and a mausoleum but it was too dark for me. Could not wait to get out.

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