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“Grant's Tomb”

General Grant National Memorial
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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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Brookville, Pennsylvania
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“Grant's Tomb”
Reviewed May 10, 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
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Springfield, Virginia
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“Impressive on the outside only”
Reviewed May 2, 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
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Brisbane, Queensland
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“Fitting tribute”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

The General Grant National Memorial is a bit out of the way but I was glad I made the effort to go. The mausoleum is both simple and grand at the same time. You are able to walk right down to the level where the General and his wife and entombed to pay your respects. The bookshop across the street has some information about Grant's life and the memorial's establishment.

Visited February 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Expected More!!”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Let me first say I am an avid NPS junkie and more times than not anything with the NPS stamp is a worthy educational experience. I have been making my way through the NPS sites in NYC and was excited to finally get up to Grants Tomb.
1. The Tomb is beautiful if you can get in. The alternating hours make it difficult. I don't understand why they close it down every other hour. With that being said it is gorgeous.
2. The visitor center was unimpressive. Bookstore/restrooms
3. Not many rangers to engage.
4. No film.

If you are collecting stamps then I would suggest visiting Grant's Tomb otherwise make your way over to Hamilton Grange or the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace. Had excellent experiences at both.

Visited January 2014
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Hebron, lsrael
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“Tribute to a War Criminal”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

General Ulysses S. Grant died in 1885, & was reburied here when the structure, freely modeled on the ancient Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (today in Turkey), was completed in 1897. The building is visually impressive, & entry is free, to boot; but the historically knowledgeable visitor cannot help but ponder over how such a vicious war criminal, & a declared anti-Semite, who went on to be America's most corrupt president, could be thus honored. Too many to count are the civilian victims of his Tennessee River Campaign; male noncombatants were often just lined up against the wall & shot, while the females (including any slaves) were "outraged", as rape was euphemistically called. Fittingly, the "visitor center" (using the term generously) is in the toilet building.
The surroundings are, however, pleasant, in Riverside Park (see that review). Diagonally across the street is Riverside Church (1930). This district is called Morningside Heights; home of Columbia University, it is something of a northerly extension of the Upper West Side, & is directly west of Harlem. In this area, as well as everywhere else, it's worth strolling with the architectural guidebook AIA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY.

Visited August 2013
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