The memorial is wondeful. All white marble. A big dome. Nice paintings. And the tombs of Grant and his wife, garded by the busts of Grant's generals in the civil war... WOW!
When you enter the memorial and think about what this man has lived and done, you're touched by the serenity and intensity of the place.
The memorial is open every other hour for self-guided tours and every other hour for guided tours. This is a must see (even if it is away from the main NYC tourists attractions).
While in the area of the Grant Memorial, visit also Hamilton Grange and take a stroll through Columbia University.
There is a small visitor center down the stairs beside the memorial which I think is unacceptable considering National Parks standards. There are no real movie showing about Grant, only a small clip about the NPS of New York Harbor. The exibit cannot even be call an exibit because it shows almost nothing about the life and achievements of Ulysse S. Grant. This man deserves better and the public deserves more knowledge about this man and the Grant National Memorial could and should be the perfect place to display it.
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