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General Grant National Memorial
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New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #149 of 1,079 things to do in New York City
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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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Hartford, Connecticut
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is a quiet park with a beautiful memorial. The memorial itself is huge. Small rooms with flags and murals on walls. Very nice.

Visited June 2014
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northern Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

The tomb is architecturally impressive but lacking in historical information. My main complaint is regarding the open hours of the facility. They are literally open every other hour. Open one hour, close for one hour, open one hour, close for one hour- all day. Honestly this is ridiculous! Who decided this was a good idea?

Visited June 2014
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New York City, New York
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“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
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Sewell, New Jersey
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“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
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“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
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