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Mt. Auburn Cemetery

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Address: 580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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+1 617-547-7105
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08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped...

Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Mount Auburn was designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, reinforcing its status as a significant wildlife sanctuary. Still an active burial place, Mount Auburn Cemetery provides comfort and solace to countless families.

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery's natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources. Over 100 public programs are offered annually by the Friends to educate, enrich, and inspire the community. The Friends seeks financial support for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of the historic monuments, structures, and archival artifacts and records.

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A Restful Place for All

Mt. Auburn Cemetery is one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the United States, beloved for over one hundred years by visitors and the relations of loved ones interred there. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
heli742015
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Mt. Auburn Cemetery is one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the United States, beloved for over one hundred years by visitors and the relations of loved ones interred there. It is beautifully landscaped with a variety of vistas and scenes, ponds and even a mini-mountain. The gravestones and monuments can be lovely or interesting and often one discovers the... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Like the Arnold Arboretum, one cannot simply go through it without being affected by its beauty - the tranquil grounds, rolling hills and whimsically winding paved pathways, have an inviting feeling and a sense of uniqueness and purpose. However, here as with the Louvre, when one passes through it, one experiences a space time experience, a place where past and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Everything here is art, natural and man made. The tower, the graves, the landscaping, the birds, great way to spend a couple of hours walking or sitting quietly. It's not a running or biking or picnic spot, most people keep it pretty respectful. The tower is a great view, if you can manage about 110 stairs.

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Thank Cara P
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

And that's okay, since there are not many places on earth as beautiful as this to rest in peace. It's a cemetery, an arboretum, wildlife refuge, and bird watchers paradise. I've taken hundreds of walks here over the past two decades and I still see new beauty each time. There are also many words of wisdom, love and gratitude on... More 

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Thank larryjaytish
Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mt Auburn cemetery is one of the best strolls in Cambridge. Definitely make sure to go up to the top of the tower to see the whole of Cambridge. Also one of the best things is that the winding paths are all on google maps. The staff frowns on picnics, though you can be stealthy.

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Thank Beatrice M
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is lovely. The landscaping, the birds, even the tombs make for an interesting walk. Good for more than one visit.

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Thank rhfdb
Watertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a Frederick Law Olmstead, the same guy who designed Central Park in Manhattan. It's breathtaking even with the headstones and crypts, which are in fact beautiful in and of themselves. People don't realize that there is an amazing chapel, the Bigelow, on the grounds of Mount Auburn. Go there. And just wander around the grounds. If you are... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When friends come visit to Boston my wife and I always take them here. The garden is beautiful, the views of Boston are second to none, and the tombstones reveal remarkably interesting people. When the weather is fine, it's hard to find a better morning spent. Before or after, I highly recommend walking down the road to Sofra, a Turkish... More 

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped for a visit on an icy December morning. We are definitely going back in the spring when everything is in bloom. This is an historic cemetery with marvelous monuments, trees and animals. The people in the Visitors Center were very informative and friendly.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We’ve lived in the Boston area for almost thirty years, but we had never toured the Mt. Auburn Cemetery until this fall. What a mistake! It’s a park with history, architecture, beauty, and charm. Don’t miss it!

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