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Mt. Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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As featured in 3 days in Boston
Ranked #1 of 47 attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
Activities: Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description: Mount Auburn Cemetery has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior, recognizing it as one of the country's most... more »
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Cary, NC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I spent three hours at Mt. Auburn taking photos of interesting gravesites and flowers. Founded in the mid 1800s, Mt. Auburn is known as the country's first garden cemetery. You'll walk by graves of the authors, politicians, and ministers we all studied in junior high. Go in the summer to see echinacea and impatiens blooming everywhere. And stop by the... More

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Renmark, South Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We spent a wonderful hour ( but could have easily stayed longer without a train to catch), seeing some different aspects of Mt Auburn. The garden design, trees and plants are beautiful; the location is gorgeous, and the history contained within the tombs, statues, and grave markers is very interesting. Highly recommend a visit to this lovely cemetery/park.

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great, tranquil spot for bird watching, meditation, walking, and taking the the gardens. There's a tower that you can climb to get an awesome view of Boston and the western suburbs. If you're dead, this is not a bad place to leave your earthly remains!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a fascinating cemetery with a special place in history. I love the feeling of history and the relevant social connections. Read more about it!

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chicago il
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is an amazing place for the history buff. As the originator of the rural cemetery movement, Mt Auburn is the real deal. The architecture, funerary art and landscaping are worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Laid my dear Tia to rest, but the place is so serene. Many stones go back to the 1800's and I wouldn't be surprised to see some into the 1700's

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I have lived close to this cemetery for years and for some reason I never visited until this past fall. WOW. It was breathtaking. I love cemeteries and I love to visit small ones that are randomly scattered along back roads, but this one was beyond beautiful! I have told all my friends to walk around and look. It is... More

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My family of four came here on our weekend trip to Boston, and we were not disappointed at all! We had read about this cemetery in our guidebook and, due to the popularity of the site on TripAdvisor, decided to spend a few hours. As soon as you drive into the gate, you look around in awe. Beautiful trees, flowers,... More

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Lexington, MA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Mt. Auburn is a working cemetery, but it also is a bird sanctuary and not only welcomes but actually encourages sightseers. You can go to the small visitors' center in the entrance to the Chapel and buy items such as maps of the grounds, as well as gather tips and guidelines from the volunteer on duty. You can park almost... More

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Peabody, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Just go; if you like history, culture, writing, gardening, birding, walking, riding in the car, pushing a child in a stroller, relaxing with your family or friends; or any other life-affirming activity, visit this cemetery full of dead people...and hawks and herons... you will be glad you did!

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