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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
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

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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An excellent place to spend the day among tombs and nature

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Mt Auburn is one of the oldest European style cemeteries in the U.S. - it is a beautiful combination of beautiful gardens, history and cemetery. One can visit the graves and/or walk through the gardens. It is a very special place.

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While the burial ground is NOT limited to religious leaders and US and Harvard Presidents, I found mausoleums and tombstones for several of these historical notables in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

By far, the best time to visit is Spring or Fall. That said, any time provides a great experience. Find the crematorium and see the sphinx. Don't miss the tower for great views of Boston and surrounding communities. Look for the turkeys, just don't go near them. This past year there were quite a few, always a few with their... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went here on a beautiful day in June. It was lovely and quiet and we were able to wander up and down gentle rolling hills ending up at the tower. I was a little disappointed as there were many "lanes" named after types of flowers or plants, but they did not have them. The trees were... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mt Auburn Cemetery is a walk into the past of great Boston. The rich and famos of Boston 's past are buried here. Beautiful interesting head stones and monuments But best of all are the trees and landscaping. Just grand anytime of year Well worth a long walk to rest and relax and restore yourself

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Canton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Spent a lovely Sunday afternoon strolling the grounds of this historic cemetery. Unbelievably serene! Magnificent trees combined with unique tombstones had us in a constant state of amazement. If you happen to be in Cambridge, you will not regret a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

OK its a cemetary, but forms part of greater Boston's Emerald Ring and worth a visit for this reason.

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Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

One of America's historic cemeteries, Mt. Auburn provides space in a bustling city to walk and meditate amidst memorials and tombstones, many of which belong to historical figures. The gardens and ponds are beautiful, and invite reflection. There are many meandering paths that one can take; but have no fear of getting lost--just follow the green path and you will... More 

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