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Mt. Auburn Cemetery

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Address: 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617-547-7105
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Activities: Walking
Description: 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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One of the most amazing cemeteries in the world

Incredible landscaping from the founder of modern American landscape design. Don't miss the pond and above it the Washington Tower, open from April through October

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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murrayhill
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Incredible landscaping from the founder of modern American landscape design. Don't miss the pond and above it the Washington Tower, open from April through October

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Boston
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Mt. Auburn Cemetery is a gem, lovingly created and maintained, sure to charm anyone interested in nature, gardens, trees, beauty, landscaping, and history. The cemetery aspect is the least attractive in my opinion, but some of the monuments are interesting and/or beautiful. I like to visit Bucky Fuller's little marker, incised with an image of a geodesic dome and the... More 

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Orono, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I love wandering through cemeteries and reading the inscriptions. I marvel at the detail achieved by the stone artists of years ago. They statues are so lifelike and it is surprising to see some of the impishness included in such solemn guardians. Mt. Auburn is a garden cemetery which makes for beautiful flora regardless of the season. My daughter and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the US and probably in the world. It's mainly the landscaping that makes it unique, but the variety of plant life is also outstanding. It's a great place to explore for natural beauty (cultivated, but never overdone or precious). Really great for nature photography (plants, animals and birds), and also for... More 

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Seattle, WA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Beautiful grounds full of historic graves, lovely landscaping, with hills and valleys, streams and ponds. View of Boston if the leaves have fallen. A great walk on a sunny day!

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York
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115 reviews 115 reviews
51 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Find a beautiful Spring day, stop by the office for a map, and take a hike. Bring good shoes, even a picnic lunch. And discover the history of this classic American cemetery.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful places in the Boston area to walk. It is perfectly well kept and has many beautiful sections. It is easy to park, tranquil, and relaxing. THere also are a lot of famous historic people buried there.

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Boston
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We saw a pair of great horned owls. Saw a painted turtle last summer. Interesting topography, lovely trees of all sorts, beautiful place to wander.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Well, you might not think of a cemetery as the first place that comes to mind for a beautiful outdoors experience in an urban setting, but Mount Auburn Cemetery will change that opinion in just one visit. For a first visit check it out near Lilac Sunday in May when most all of the flwoering shrubs are on full display.... More 

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Florence, Italy
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

it s a beautiful cemetery. and from the top of the tower there's a lovely view of Boston. super nice walk, and birds of all kinds around!

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