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Mt. Auburn Cemetery

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Address: 580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5529
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
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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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Wow. Completely peaceful and such a beautiful place to visit. Your calves will be cursing, but, definitely climb the tower for a spectacular view.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wow. Completely peaceful and such a beautiful place to visit. Your calves will be cursing, but, definitely climb the tower for a spectacular view.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to this Historical cemetery may not be on everybody's to do list but well worth the time.The memorials present an artistic and historical background to some of the icons of American History .The simple sarcophagus of Longfellow to the mighty replica Sphinx ,a memorial to the Civil War.Inexpensive Guides $1 and $2 are available but for those seeking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful gem five minutes from Harvard University. Many illustrious Bostonian names on the plaques and a fabulously maintained botanical garden with numerous species of stunning shrubbery and flowering trees.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is really calm; at least as of the last time Iv'e been there, there is a reverence and people don't talk on cell phones or play mucis.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cemetery it’s a calm nice place to walk around. I recommend going up to the tower which offers great views of Cambridge and Boston area, specially during the fall.

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Gambier, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a wonderful time walking around the cemetery and quietly catching up with a friend. There's a beautiful pond with a small greco-looking monument looking out on it, and weeping willows all around. If you find it rather interesting to look at tombstones (as do I) these are quite diverse in styles, epitaphs, time periods, etc. As far as cemeteries... More 

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love old cemeteries then don't miss this one. Beautiful gardens and old headstones. And look for the turkeys that live on the property!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took a very leisurely stroll here after brunch in Cambridge. Picture perfect views from just about every corner. New pea stone trails through the woods offer the best site lines and photo ops. Climb the tower for 360-degree views of greater Boston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is the first "garden" cemetery built in America. It is an amazing place to explore as this hilly cemetery houses some famous residents and you can wander the area enjoying the flowers, plants and trees. They are almost all labeled so you can discern which "maple" you are looking at. Take your time to saunter through this cemetery but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Visiting a cemetery isn't usually at the top of people's lists when they want to spend an enjoyable afternoon, but Mt. Auburn Cemetery isn't your typical cemetery ... think of it more of a beautiful garden or arboretum, with sculptures that happen to have peoples names and dates on them. The history of the place is quite interesting, in that... More 

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