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Historic Trolley Tours

Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more.

Designs to Die For: Nineteenth-Century Trends and Fads

This trolley tour explores the design trends of Green-Wood’s distinctive architecture, including styles ranging from Neo-Classical to Egyptian Revival and from Art Deco to Art Nouveau. Learn how, through thoughtful conservation, these designs will endure through generations. This tour will be led by tour guide LJ Lindhurst and Green-Wood’s Manager of Restoration and Preservation, Neela Wickremesinghe.

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Twilight Tour

There are few places more atmospheric than a cemetery at dusk - and Green-Wood is top notch when it comes to beauty and atmosphere. As the sun sets on 478 spectacular acres, you'll weave through stunning landscapes and visit the graves of fascinating figures in New York and American history. This not-to-be-missed walking tour ends with a visit to the Catacombs, which are normally closed to the public.

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Full Moon Tour

Lit by the brilliance of a full moon, you'll walk along the winding roads through Green-Wood's historic and storied landscape to discover the graves of fascinating figures in New York and American history. This not-to-be-missed walking tour ends with a visit to the Catacombs, which are normally closed to the public.

Twilight Tour (cancelled due to rain)

There are few places more atmospheric than a cemetery at dusk - and Green-Wood is top notch when it comes to beauty and atmosphere. As the sun sets on 478 spectacular acres, you'll weave through stunning landscapes and visit the graves of fascinating figures in New York and American history. This not-to-be-missed walking tour ends with a visit to the Catacombs, which are normally closed to the public.

Tiffany Stained Glass at Green-Wood (SOLD OUT)

Green-Wood is home to an extraordinary collection of stained glass windows—many of which were made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, his staff, and his contemporaries—representing a full range of styles from the nineteenth century. Join Julie Sloan, one of the leading stained glass experts in the United States, and Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman, for this spectacular tour of Tiffany windows, and the lesser-known, Tiffany-designed gravestones.

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Beehive Tour

Suit up in protective gear (we’ll provide) and join our Head Beekeeper, Nick Hoefly, in opening and examining beehives. You’ll “tour” the various components of these beehives and hear the story of how our bees are cared for and how they live. Spots are limited to 20 attendees, so don’t miss out!

Magicians and Mediums

In the 1850s, New York City was absolutely agog for the tale of the three young Fox sisters who claimed they heard mysterious knocking sounds that came from the spirits. (The oldest sister, Leah, and their parents, are interred at Green-Wood.) Later proven to be a hoax, the phenomenon sparked the popular and enduring movement of spiritualism. This trolley tour will explore the legacies of Spiritualism and stage magic, which often came into conflict with each other. Visit the gravesites of many bizarre and fascinating practitioners of these two nineteenth-century phenomena.

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Moonlight Tour

Join other fearless trekkers to explore Green-Wood’s intriguing tombstones and unforgettable catacombs under the glow of the full moon. Historian Jeff Richman leads these immensely popular walking tours, which begin at sunset and are accompanied by the ethereal and atmospheric sounds of live accordion music. Buy your tickets soon; these tours always sell out.

Walt Whitman’s New York

Celebrate the 200th birthday of Brooklyn’s native son and poet, Walt Whitman, through the lens of the people he worked with, wrote about, and knew best. You’ll visit two brothers, one a Union soldier and the other a Confederate, whom Walt Whitman attended to as a Civil War volunteer nurse; McDonald Clarke, the “Mad Poet” who inspired Whitman; Gabriel Harrison, the photographer of an iconic image of Whitman known as “the Christ likeness,” and many more.