Grant's Tomb

Location: W 122nd St & Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027

Grant's Tomb NYC, stands as a tribute to Ulysses S. Grant, the principal author of the Union victory during the Civil War and 18th President of the United States. Located in Riverside Park in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan near the intersection of Riverside Drive and W. 122 Street, this granite and marble monument is the final resting place of President Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant. It is also the second largest mausoleum in the Western Hemisphere.

Remember the old joke, “who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?” Well, no one is. However, Ulysses S. Grant, and his wife, Julia, are entombed in the mausoleum. Designated by the US Congress as General Grant National Memorial, the structure is managed by the U.S. National Park Service. Grant’s Tomb offers a visitor’s center and even some special events, including Tomb at Night.

This memorial to Ulysses S. Grant - victorious Union commander of the Civil War - includes the tombs of General Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant. A West Point graduate, Grant served in the Mexican War and at various frontier posts before rapidly rising through the ranks during the Civil War. Grant's tenacity and boldness led to victories in the Battles of Vicksburg and Chattanooga and Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Scenes of these events are depicted in mosaics within the tomb. In 1866, Congress awarded Grant his fourth star making him the first full General of the Armies.

A grateful nation elected Grant twice to serve as President of the United States, in 1868 and 1872. Grant's accomplishments include signing the act that established the first national park - Yellowstone - on March 1, 1872. Having lost the nomination for a third term as president, and having forfeited his military pension by becoming president, Grant now had no income to support his family. He moved to New York City and in 1884, he learned he had terminal throat cancer. To provide for his family, Grant began to write his memoirs. The book, titled Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant earned a profit of almost $450,000. He finished writing it one week before his death on July 23, 1885. Grant’s funeral was held on August 8, 1885 in New York City. An estimated one million people lined up along Broadway to watch the funeral procession.

Approximately 90,000 people from around the world donated over $600,000 towards the construction of Grant's Tomb. This was the largest public fundraising effort ever at that time. Designed by architect John Duncan, the granite and marble structure was completed in 1897. Over one million people attended the parade and dedication ceremony of Grant's Tomb on April 27, 1897.

The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The mausoleum is open Wednesday through Sunday, ONLY during the following times:

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grants Tomb can be viewed on our Daily Bronx tour!

This page was edited by Steven Thomas