Woodlawn Cemetery
Woodlawn Cemetery
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Occupying more than 400 acres in the Bronx, this cemetery is known for the ornate and imaginative mausoleums and monuments of some of the country's most famous industrialists and politicians. Notable individuals include Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Irving Berlin, Herman Melville, and many more. Guide maps are available at both cemetery entrances.
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Miho E
Huntington, WV205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I took a Jerome line (#4 subway) all the way to Woodlawn station. At the gate of the cemetary, I talked with the very nice gate keeper who gave me a map. Map or even google map looks very far from each other, but I was able to enjoy the walk alone, see the trees (particularly it will be beautiful in the fall), and visit the burial sites of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Celia Cruz. I wanted to go up more, but started to sprinkle and I needed to go to the restroom, I save Colis P. Huntington, Irving Berlin, Herman Melville for the next visit.

No cost. Just train, and your time.
Written 27 August 2023
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN5,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I’ve seen several cemeteries in NYC. I’ve done Green-Wood in Brooklyn (to see Basquiat), Flushing Cemetery in Queens to see Louis Armstrong, Machpelah Cemetery in Queens (Houdini). Flushing and Machpelah Cemeteries are a little rougher and unkempt. Green-Wood has city views from atop the hill and nice benches to sit on and reflecting pools.

I rated Woodlawn five stars for a few reasons. Yes, you have to hoof it all the way out to the Bronx to the last stop on the train—Woodlawn station (I visited in conjunction with the New York Transit Museum’s vintage ride in a 1920’s railway car).

But the cemetery is clean and well kept and full of mausoleums (some very impressive!). They have trolley tours, but the in person by foot tour is very interesting!

Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Herman Melville are all buried here, as well as several other notable authors, musicians, and celebrities.

Nice to walk around, though not as many places to sit as Green-Wood. Lots of pretty trees—nice to see in the summer. There are lots of wide roads if you prefer driving to walking. Somehow this cemetery seems a little more accessible than Green-Wood.

The tour is what bumped this up from four stars to five (oh, and Melville’s grave is cooler than you think).
Written 22 October 2022
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI934 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I love visiting cemeteries while we are traveling, especially when I can pay my respects to historic figures that have made a difference! Here in Woodlawn Cemetery, there are many notable people to remember and honor! Pick up a map at the entrance or you will never find anybody! That said, you could simply drive around the cemetery enjoying the rolling terrain and the beautiful trees, coming across some of the beautiful mausoleums and sculptural memorials to enjoy and admire! I was particularly taken with the Bliss Memorial (sculpted by Robert Aitken) in memory of those who perished in 1912 Titanic sinking. There are many musical greats interred here, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, George M. Cohan, and Irving Berlin. And writers galore: Herman Melville, Dorothy Parker, E.L. Doctorow. A day isn't enough to see them all!
Written 29 October 2021
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Marcella S
Bronx, New York3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the most Tranquil and Beautiful cemeteries that I have visited. My 2 sisters and I have been visiting Woodlawn Cemetery for over 20 years. We visited kour mother and grand mother 3 times a year. Now one of my sisters has joined them. I live in Maryland & my Little sister lives in the upper Bx. I will continue visiting my family until I can’t make it to NY.
Written 6 March 2020
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Jeffrey Z
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
What a place to visit for history. Many important people have been buried here. Just not for being buried it's like looking in the pass.
Written 30 December 2019
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spritcat1979
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
It was a fun trip. You could get lost if you don't have a map so get one when you get in the main gate. Have fun finding the well know people that are there.
Written 10 December 2019
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Bonnie H
New York City, NY3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I'm so grateful for Woodlawn's preservation of history. The perk of the night tour was meeting a vivacious woman in her 80's who was well versed about Woodlawn and thrilled that she had secured a plot. I admire excited realists. The tour itself was not as experiential - paid the right amount of respect - nor as informational as I expected. The new guide was more keen on telling us about meeting family members of the estates than engaging us in the narratives. Just the same. I felt honored to explore and celebrate the many lives that now hold homage here.
Written 17 November 2019
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Sheryl T
Mahwah, NJ814 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Who would think you would want to go to a cemetery, but this place has great historical significance. You get a map and you can locate where important individuals are buried and think about their contribution.
Written 21 October 2019
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Sherrie G
Bronx, NY152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
When you arrive at the main gate there is an office you can go into and get a map. On the map is where all the famous and interesting people are buried. They also have an app for your phone.
It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Written 3 September 2019
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leo t
597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
we took the trolley/bus tour (2hrs long) w a guide that narrated the trip
a comfortable way to see the highlights of the cemetery
surprising number of very famous people buried here
great jazz section w Davis, Ellington, etc buried here
to respond to the GPS problem-enter Jerome & Bainbridge Aves
Written 15 August 2019
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