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Mt. Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Ranked #1 of 42 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Activities: Walking
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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Los Angeles
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129 reviews 129 reviews
46 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

When I lived in this area I passed Mt. Auburn Cemetery hundreds of times and never visited. Now that I moved to the west coast, I can be a tourist when I come back to visit. Must say, you can come back here countless times and discover something different all the time. We took a stroll on the main areas... More

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Mt. Auburn Cemetery is a terrific place to walk in every season. Trees (many unusual) are varied, labeled and lovely, especially in spring. Monuments are interesting works of art. Ponds are pretty and peaceful. Climbing tower offers a great view. We're lucky to have this gem of the Boston area.

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boston, ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

that change in tone with our lovely four seasons. A must for locals and visitors alike! It's remarkable how many folks don't know how special Mt. Auburn is- well, I say, let them go to the Arboretum, but if they are lucky or smart enough to try the cemetery for a leisurely walk instead, they won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Mt. Auburn Cemetery is a beautiful oasis on the western edge of Cambridge. It is, of course, free, and there is a small lot and street parking. It is great for bird watching, or simply for a nice walk. And the observation tower provides excellent views of Boston.

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Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Went on a beautiful fall day. This was the first landscaped cemetery in the US with many historic graves. Definitely climb the tower for a view of Boston and the surrounding country side. There are quite a few historic graves. We could have spent the whole afternoon if we had the time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is a very beautiful atmospheric place with three lakes and lots of varieties of trees. Chipmunks all over the place. The colours were wonderful.. Well worth climbing the tower to the top for the view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Don't be put off by the idea of visiting a cemetery. Here you will find beautiful sculptures and lovely trees and gardens. There are rabbits, hawks and owls living there. Ducks swim on the small pond and it is really pleasant there at each season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a must-see in Boston. A very imposing cemetery with spectacular landscaped trees and paths. It's a trek but try to got up the tower for the views.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

OK, forgive the title, but Mt. Auburn Cemetery is much more than a burial place. It is historic Boston, it is a mind-relaxing walk among an amazing variety of trees and plants. A quick climb of the tower in the center of the grounds reveals an unrivaled panorama from Boston to Route 128. The headstones are a study in themselves...reflecting... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Historically important as a reflection of changing attitudes to death in the nineteenth century, Mt Auburn is one of the most beautiful garden landscapes I have visited and the collection of trees, most of them labelled, is fabulous. There is good bird watching here too. Forget your preconceptions about cemeteries and visit it. Get a guided tour if possible, it... More

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