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Mt. Auburn Cemetery

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Address: 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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+1 617-547-7105
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08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
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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Breathtaking in springtime especially, but special any time of the year

This is truly a place of peace, history and stunning horticulture. Follow the green line in the middle of the road and you won't get lost...You will be captivated by the famous... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Nancy S
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Natick, Massachusetts

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Natick, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is truly a place of peace, history and stunning horticulture. Follow the green line in the middle of the road and you won't get lost...You will be captivated by the famous names, beautiful stone work and the way in which it is laid out.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Filled with history. One can get a DVD from the office to tour the cemetery to learn more about the notables who are buried there.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even after 40 years, I never tire of visiting Mt Auburn Cemetery. It fills me with peace and wonder and a connectedness to history that is so hard to find in our busy lives. Reading the headstones from so long ago, I marvel at how much about human life has changed, and how much has remained the same. It is... More 

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Thank Katie C
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Designed by Henry A.S. Dearborn, President of the Massachusetts Horticultural Association, this cemetery was one of the first located (initially) outside of the city proper. The trees are amazing--having so much space, and the flowering plandt are lovely in any season. lots of architectural and historical interest--as many famous people (such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Mary Baker Eddy) are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even after hearing good things about this place from several friends, my wife and I have lived here for 10 years and only finally got over there. What a beautiful place, serving as an urban oasis with gentle walking trails, interesting headstones, and numerous historic structures.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We live right across the street from Mt. Auburn and enjoy the flora and fauna year round. Any season is special. In spring the flowering trees are spectacular, in summer their green shade is soothing, in fall their foliage blazes, and in winter their silhouettes are dramatic, with or without snow. Flower beds are filled with a succession of plants,... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Obviously a trip to a cemetery taken for pleasure isn't on the top of everyone's list. But the Mt. Auburn Cemetery is unique in several ways that make it worth a visit. First of all, it was built at the time of an Egyptian Revival in architecture. We are all used to the various Greek and Roman influences on "fancy... More 

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West Hartford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Peaceful, beautiful park-like cemetery that you can walk or drive through. Large stone tower in the center of the cemetery that you can climb and enjoy panoramic views of Boston. No admission fee, chapel with stained glass.

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Thank gagslat
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Mt. Auburn Cemetery is one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the United States, beloved for over one hundred years by visitors and the relations of loved ones interred there. It is beautifully landscaped with a variety of vistas and scenes, ponds and even a mini-mountain. The gravestones and monuments can be lovely or interesting and often one discovers the... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Like the Arnold Arboretum, one cannot simply go through it without being affected by its beauty - the tranquil grounds, rolling hills and whimsically winding paved pathways, have an inviting feeling and a sense of uniqueness and purpose. However, here as with the Louvre, when one passes through it, one experiences a space time experience, a place where past and... More 

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