General Ulysses S Grant National Memorial

General Ulysses S Grant National Memorial information

Location
New York City , USA
Address
Riverside Dr
at 122nd St, Morningside Heights
Telephone
+1 212 666 1640
Getting there
Subway: 1 to 125th St
More information
www.nps.gov/gegr
Opening hours
10am-5pm Wed-Sun
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Popularly known as Grant’s Tomb (‘Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?’ ‘Who?’ ‘Grant, stupid!’ goes a classic joke), this landmark holds the remains of Civil War hero and 18th president Ulysses S Grant and his wife, Julia. Completed in 1897 – 12 years after his death – the imposing granite structure is the largest mausoleum in America.

Seventeen Gaudi-inspired mosaic benches, designed by Chilean artist Pedro Silva in the 1970s, surround the mausoleum. It’s a downright hallucinatory installation – and a good spot to contemplate the musings of the late, great comedian George Carlin, who was known to light up here back in the day.