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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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This is a beautifully designed and maintained arboretum/cemetary and is the first "rural cemetery" in the US (as opposed to church graveyards). Many rare and beautiful species... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Cambridge, MA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a beautifully designed and maintained arboretum/cemetary and is the first "rural cemetery" in the US (as opposed to church graveyards). Many rare and beautiful species of trees and planting, all identified, many of which are blooming right now in May. A favorite spot for "birding" there is even a birder's guide showing birds sighted in the cemetery. Many... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

beautiful plantings and gardens, spectacular arboretum designed by Olmsted, home to birds, frogs, a place of magic Walk thru this spectacular environment and enjoy the majesty of it.. a magic tower to climb with amazing views...

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Boston
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This park and arboretum is spectacular to cruise by foot, car or bike. The trees are remarkable, the graves and memorials are thought provoking and the view from the tower is one of the best in Boston. Don't miss it, especially in the Spring and Fall.

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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We made an all too brief visit to this amazing oasis. There were birds everywhere. So many different species. Nearly all new to us.

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Unionville, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We have a long lineage of family members who permanently reside here and it is always a beautiful and peaceful place to go

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176 reviews 176 reviews
51 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My brother and I spent a day and a half here working on our family genealogy. I did not realize that there was so much more to experience here than just grave sites. The scenery was spectacular. In May all the oriental magnolias were blooming as well as daffodils, tulips and many other flowers and flowering trees. We also saw... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This unique is wonderful if you have an hour or an entire day and you want beauty of nature, outdoor art, interesting walking venues or just a place to sit within nature and contemplate.This historic landmark offers arboretum quality of trees, a birding paradise in early spring and a tower you can climb to see the surrounding Boston area. Since... More 

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Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A beautiful place to find magnificent flowering trees and peace. I wouldn't normally endorse a cemetery, but this one is an exception . Go for a walk here just to see the birds, trees, plantings, and enjoy the beauty.

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London, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My wife and I had 2 hours to spare between the closing of the Harvard Art Galleries and our dinner reservations at Oleana in Cambridge. So I searched tripadvisor for top attractions in Cambridge and was surprised to discover this cemetery at the top the list. We took the city bus (#71 or #73 line) from Harvard Square and we... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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61 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A beautiful cemetery with notable figures throughout. It's a lovely spot for a quiet afternoon stroll. I find it peaceful, laid out well, and tranquil. If you're a cemetery buff at all, this place is worth the stop.

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