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Free Memorials in NYC

Free Memorials in NYC

1. Federal Hall National Memorial 

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Birthplace of the American government, this memorial also marks the spot where George Washington took the oath of office as America’s first president. Today, the Federal Hall remains a museum dedicated to showcasing the beginnings of the United States of America. A major highlight for visitors is the opportunity to view the bible George Washington used to swear his oath of office.

Location: 26 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

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Public Transport:
Subway:
J or Z to Broad Street
2, 3, 4,or 5 to Wall Street
1 or R to Rector Street
A or C to Fulton Street
Bus:
M5 MTA to Rector Street at either Trinity Place or Broadway

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00am- 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Phone Number: 212-825-6990

2. General Grant National Memorial

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Considered the largest mausoleum in North America, the General Grant Memorial is the final resting place of President Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife, Julia Grant. Visitors can view Grant’s tomb, take in three large mosaic murals that depict the important scenes from Grant’s military career, admire a series of tile-mosaic benches the surround the mausoleum, and quietly reflect on the significant accomplishments of Grant- including his achievement in ending the American Civil War.

Location: 122nd Street and Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027

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Public Transport:
Subway:
1 to 116th Street- Columbia University station on Broadway
2 or 3 to 96th Street and transfer to 1
Bus:
M11 to Amsterdam Avenue and West 118th Street
M4, M5, or M104 to 122nd Street and Broadway

Hours:
Visitor Center:
Wednesday- Sunday: 9:00am- 5:00pm
Mausoleum:
Wednesday- Sunday: 10:00am- 11:00pm
12:00pm- 1:00pm
2:00pm- 3:00pm
4:00pm- 5:00pm

Bonus:
Free talks are available to the public at the Visitor Center:
Wednesday- Sunday at the following times: 11:15am, 1:15pm, and 3:15
*Call for availability.

Phone Number: 212-666-1640

3. Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel 

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Comprised of 478 acres of gorgeous hills, valleys, glacial ponds, and paths, Green-wood quickly gained international popularity as one of the most beautifully landscaped sites in America. It ultimately became the inspiration for public parks, including New York’s famous Central Park. Today it remains the eternal home for over 600,000 people- approximately 530 miles of bodies if they were to be lined up head to toe. The grounds have also been marked as a historical Revolutionary War site. It’s a great place for bird watchers and history buffs.

Location:
500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Public Transport:
Subway:
R or N to 25th Street

Hours: Monday- Sunday: 7:45 am- 5:00 pm
(Main entrance at 5th Avenue and 25th Street)

Phone Number: 718-768-7300

4. Hamilton Grange National Memorial 

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This memorial, dedicated to the American Founding Father Hamilton, has lived it’s own Broadway-worthy story. From 1833 to today, the monument has been through foreclosure, endured restructuring, and survived two relocations. Since the opening of the musical ‘Hamilton’ on August 6th of 2015, the Grange has seen a massive increase in visitors. It serves as a national landmark for people to learn more about this Revolutionary War hero.

Location:
414 West 141st Street
New York, NY 10031
(Between Convent Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue)

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Public Transport:
Subway:
1 to West 137th Street stop on Broadway
A, B, C, or D to West 145th Street stop on St. Nicholas Avenue
Bus:
M3 to St. Nicholas and 141st
M4 or M5 from Broadway two blocks west
M100 or M101 from Amsterdam Avenue one block east
BX19

Hours:
Visitor Center (bookstore & exhibits):
Wednesday- Sunday: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Historically Furnished Rooms-
Ranger Guided Tours:
Wednesday- Sunday at: 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 4pm
Self-Guided Tours:
Wed- Sun at: 12:00pm to 1:00pm and 3:00pm- 4:00pm

Phone Number: 646-548-2310

5. Historic Woodlawn Cemetery

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The Woodlawn Cemetery expands across more than 400 acres of beautifully manicured land. It’s the resting place for dozens of America’s great artists, such as Miles Davis, Irving Berlin, Herman Melville, and Countee Cullen. The ‘Annie Bliss Titanic Memorial’ is also located within the grounds.

Location:
517 E 233rd Street,
Bronx, New York
10470
Main Entrance-
Webster Ave & E 233rd Street
Jerome Ave Entrance-
Jerome Avenue & Bainbridge Avenue

Public Transport:
Subway:
4 to Woodlawn Station
2 or 5 to 233rd Street Station

Hours: Monday- Sunday: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

Phone Number: 718-907-5992

6. Irish Hunger Memorial

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An abandoned stone cottage, barren potato fields, native Irish flora, and walls made of stone collected from each county in Ireland, come together at the Irish Hunger Memorial, reflecting a landscape reminiscent of the Great Irish Famine. Designed by artist Brian Tolle and landscape architect Gail Wittwer-Laird, the memorial’s purpose is not only to serve as a reminder of Ireland’s dark time; it also exists to promote awareness about the ongoing issues of world hunger.  

Location:

Vasey Street and North End Avenue
New York, Ny 10280

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Public Transport:
Subway:
1, 2, 3, A, or C to Chambers Street
4 or 5 to Wall Street
R or 1 to Cortland Street
J or Z to Broad Street
Bus:
M9, M20, or M22 to Battery City Park

Hours:
May- October:
Daily: 9:00am- 9:00pm
November- April:
Daily: 8:00am- 6:45pm

Phone Number: 212-267-9700

7. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

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Guided tours are available to explore five 1865 period rooms. Theodore Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to actually be born in New York; this historical site offers a glimpse into what his life was like. With photos, film, and other multimedia exhibits, Roosevelt’s home has been transformed into an interactive learning hub for both adults and children.

Location:

28 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003

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Public Transport:
Subway:
4, 5, Q, N, or L to Union Square and East 14th Street
6 to East 23rd Street at Park Avenue
R to East 23rd Street at Broadway
Bus:
M1, M2, M3, or M5 to East 23rd Street
M23 to Broadway or Park Avenue South

Hours: Tuesday- Saturday: 9:00pm- 5:00 pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed
*Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.

Phone Number: 212-260-1616

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