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Heroes of Central Park South

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This art history tour is led by the co-author of Central Park in Bronze, a website dedicated to the art of Central Park and a former Central Park employee. Be prepared to look closely at the statues along Central Park South (West 59th Street) and discuss what you see on this interactive walking tour. The southern border of Central Park has some are of the most complicated and celebrated heroic statuary in New York City, done by some of the greatest sculptors of the day. Many depict heroes of an era gone by and are unknown to modern citizens. Discover who they are and how the sculptors chose to memorialize them on this fun, enlightening experience.



Friday 2:30pm

What makes this tour special is that guests directly examine the works of art and connect the elements the sculptor used with the story of the person or event being memorialized. You will discover how sculptors of the Post Civil War Classic period used ancient symbolism mixed with American Realism to honor their subject’s accomplishments.  

On this tour we first discuss what we may already know about a memorial and then take time to examine the work of art closely, prompted by cues. Your guide relates information about the artist and the subject of the memorial. Through discussion, we tie the symbolism the artists employed to characterize the most important things about their subjects. Together we will broaden our understanding of the artist's perspective of who is being memorialized and how they show this in their art.  

Starting at the northwest corner of Central Park, we stroll along Central Park South (West 59th Street) to 5th Avenue. This section of the park contains some very interesting heroic statues memorializing people and events. Led by the co-author of Central in Bronze, a website dedicated to the art of Central Park, the tour is an easy walk, but does take time to truly focus on the works of art as one would on a museum or gallery tour.


  • Private tour available
  • Small-group tour
  • Walking tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Recommended minimum age is 10 years 
  • A maximum of 15 people per booking.
  • A small amount of physical activity is involved
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

Terms & Conditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Voucher Info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Local operator information

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Schedule & Info

Departure Point

This tour begins at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park behind the Maine Monument (Central Park West and 59th Street) and ends at Grand Army Plaza (5th Ave and 59th street)

Please plan accordingly

Departure Time
Tour leaves Fridays at 2:30pm

Please arrive early to check in

2 hours

Return Details

This tour ends at Grand Army Plaza (5th Ave and 59th street)
Please plan accordingly


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