We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Worthwhile Visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of General Grant National Memorial

General Grant National Memorial
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #162 of 1,068 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Worthwhile Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

A quiet respite from the rest of Manhattan, the Grant National Memorial is a great place to visit among your other stops in Manhattan. Easily accessible by the 1 train, and on the side of Riverside Park (also a nice walk). Great neighborhood to explore as well, with Columbia University nearby, and a nice stretch of Broadway as well.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Peter R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

204 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Sewell, New Jersey
Level Contributor
248 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Impressive Building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

The mausoleum for General Grant is quite impressive, although lacking in details about the life of Grant. It's important to remember that it is indeed a mausoleum with the tombs of both the General and his wife in the lower level of the building. The disrespect by some of the visitors was disturbing. People forget the purpose of the building. The building is the largest of its kind in the US. If you want to learn more about General Grant, visit the National Park Visitors Center across the street and down the steps (adjacent to the river). The Visitors Center is not visible from the memorial - just follow the signs. Also, the building is only open at alternating hours throughout the day. Go to the Visitor's Center (which appears to be open normal 9 Am - 5 PM hours) is the building is locked. Chances are it will be open at the top of the next hour. The Park Rangers will know.

Visited May 2014
Thank stormkrow8
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Grant's Tomb”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We took a taxi to 122nd and Riverside Drive from 49th Street. The tomb is a beautiful building on the Hudson River. The simplicity of the lovely dome and the 2 sarcophagi demanded a solemn mien. It appears that the park superintendent(?) requires the attendant to close every other hour. If you come at a closing, you can view the small shop and historical description and photos of Grant. The area has Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, Union Theological Seminary, and Barnard College. I have heard The Cloisters is nearby. If it is a nice day, you can stroll down Broadway and stop for lunch at Le Monde. You do feel like you are in a French Cafe!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Tommy1743
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Brookville, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
86 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Grant's Tomb”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

I visited the General Grant National Memorial with friends in early May. The architecture is beautiful. The grounds are lovely. The inside is a bit empty. I was expecting historical exhibits but other than some paintings high up on the walls and the actual tombs of General Grant and his wife, there wasn't much to see. We were going to go to the lower level when we were told the Memorial was closing (in the middle of the day). We visited the visitor's center, but did not seen anything that isn't in other civil war visitor's centers.

Visited May 2014
Thank Robin M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Springfield, Virginia
Level Contributor
200 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Impressive on the outside only”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

It's a bit of a hike to get to the Tomb from the Metro, but you walk past historic Columbia University.

Pros: the Tomb's architecture; a President is buried here (and his wife); we arrived around 4pm and were the only people in the Tomb, save the park ranger; there are busts of Civil War Generals around the President.

Cons: there's very little else inside the Mausoleum (e.g., information plaques, films, description of Grant's life, etc.).

Worth the visit if you want to visit a President's grave.

Visited April 2014
Thank JE and JA D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed General Grant National Memorial also viewed

New York City, NY

Been to General Grant National Memorial? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing