Statues and Monuments

Seventy works of art—including many statues and monuments—live in Central Park. Learn more about the people and ideas that inspired them, and the stories they tell about New York City past and present.

Central Park’s original design did not include statues and monuments—yet it is now home to 70 works of art! Learn what inspired these memorials and the fascinating history of the veterans, philosophers, writers, and other great thinkers that have shaped Central Park. On this tour you’ll get an insider’s look at the Central Park Conservancy’s conservation efforts to ensure these statues and monuments remain for generations to come.

Recommended for those interested in history, architecture, art and/or conservation.

COVID-19 Health + Safety Policies and Release of Liability

Ensuring the health and safety of our guests, staff, and the public is our top priority. Central Park Conservancy tours follow recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State, and New York City. Additionally, the Conservancy limits tour sizes to 10 people max and offers free audio equipment, including single-use disposable earbuds, to encourage social distancing between participants.

However, despite these safety measures, the Conservancy cannot guarantee participants won’t be exposed to COVID-19 on this tour. In booking this experience participants agree to voluntarily assume this risk and release the Conservancy of all liability. Participants also allow the Conservancy to temporarily retain their contact details and share them with NYC Test & Trace Corps in the event contact tracing efforts are necessary.

By booking this tour you agree to:

  • Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth for the full duration of the program;
  • Maintain six feet distance from other participants, Conservancy staff and park visitors, per social distancing guidelines;
  • Stay home if you experience COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, a temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, etc.), have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days and/or been in close contact with someone else who tested positive with COVID-19 in the last 14 days;
  • Contact [email protected] if you need to request a raincheck for a future program due to illness or exposure to COVID-19.

Read about tour policies related to COVID-19, inclement weather, and more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.