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Historic Trolley Tours

Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th Street, Brooklyn

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.

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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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Birding in Peace

Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home. Copies of our new Bird Checklist will be available to all tour participants. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

London’s Lost Amulets and Forgotten Folklore

At the height of the Victorian era, Edward Lovett (1852-1933) spent his days working as a bank teller in London's financial district and his nights exploring the city's poorer areas. He was on the hunt to amass what would become one of the world's largest collection of amulets, charms, and talismans. Among his curious findings were horseshoes hung above the bed to ward off nightmares, flints to cure bouts of gout, and acorn-shaped pulls for window blinds to protect houses from lightning. Lovett charted the history of these objects and other English folklore in numerous articles and lectures. In 1916, he curated the exhibit "The Folklore of London" at the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.

Designing Death

Many of us give a lot of thought to the design of our homes. New furniture? New paint? Complete reno? What about designing for our “permanent residences”? Join us for a tour of Green-Wood’s monuments and mausoleums that present distinct artistic styles, including Egyptian Revival, Neoclassical, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau. The tour will have special emphasis on design and historic preservation.

Tree Planting

Help plant new trees on 37th Street and 9th Avenue.

Eternal Menagerie

Discover Green-Wood’s furry and feathered permanent residents! As religious motifs or cryptic symbols, animals are prominently featured on many of the Cemetery’s grand Victorian-era monuments and mausoleums. Learn their meaning while also visiting the graves of the few animals that are buried alongside their owners, including such pets as Little Dace, Trilby, and Rex, and a horse that served in the Union Army cavalry.

Spring Wreaths

Spring is in the air! Impress your friends and family with a beautiful hand-crafted wreath to celebrate the new season. Join Brooklyn-based expert florist Mindy Cardozo for an evening workshop to make your own wreath using a variety of spring-time flowers and plants. Whether you’re super crafty or super klutzy, Mindy will guide you through the process with creativity and patience. Supplies (including beautiful seasonal greenery) included, plus complimentary refreshments and seasonal treats. This event will take place in the Historic Chapel.

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Become a Citizen Pruner

Stewardship and pruning hugely reduce a tree’s vulnerability to common urban threats such as pedestrian and vehicular traffic, drought and storms. In New York City, where there is limited funding for tree maintenance but significant need, Citizen Pruners provide a great asset to our urban environment.

Morbid Anatomy Open House and Garden Party

Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th Street, Brooklyn

Morbid Anatomy, beloved purveyor of the arcane, whose most recent incarnation was the quirky Brooklyn-based museum that abruptly shuttered in December 2016, has taken up temporary residence at Green-Wood's Fort Hamilton Gatehouse. Throughout the spring and summer, Morbid Anatomy and Green-Wood will present a series of engaging and thought-provoking programs, including a lecture on the historic origins of the Golem and a conversation with acclaimed artist Joe Coleman.