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Mt. Auburn Cemetery

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Address: 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number:
+1 617-547-7105
08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
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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Built in the 1840s as an outgrowth of the Transcendentalist movement (think Emerson, Thoreau and Brook Farm) and one of the great bird watching locales in the world, this is a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Newton, Massachusetts

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Built in the 1840s as an outgrowth of the Transcendentalist movement (think Emerson, Thoreau and Brook Farm) and one of the great bird watching locales in the world, this is a fabulous and usually overlooked destination for those who are tourists as well as those who are locals. Read the chapter on this cemetery in Garry Wills' book Lincoln at... More 

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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yup it's a cemetery but a gorgeous one. Love to visit in all seasons but find winter with snow hauntingly beautiful. A drive through is nice as well a walk. Tell visitors to area that it's a Boston area gem.

Thank msm0
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here several times over the last 8 years. I found out about this Cemetery from a friend who is a wonderful amateur photographer! He showed me his pictures of different seasons there and he did the cemetery a great justice with his pictures. You really must visit and need to make several trips there to see the... More 

Thank Linda L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fine example of the garden cemetery style featuring streets named after flowers and trees with gorgeous examples of their namesakes featured. Noteworthy historical gravestones, gothic chapel. Fascinating wildlife including a few very friendly turkeys and a red tailed hawk sitting so still we thought it was a sculpture at first. Easy access by bus, car or uber. Can't imagine how... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spectacular grounds, historic and elaborate monuments. Renowned for it's incredible bird life and walking trails. Many famous people buried here!

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mt Auburn Cemetery is a must for everyone! It is a very old cemetery that has the most beautiful and unique headstones and plot monuments!! It is a gorgeous place to stroll especially when the trees and flowers are blooming. Quite a few famous people are also buried here but it is the statues and headstones that make it worth... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best park experiences available anywhere. If the superb funerary architecture were not here (and thank goodness it is), Mt. Auburn Cemetery would still be an unforgettable arboretum. Come here at least once every season of the year. You're guaranteed a great walk and deep thoughts about the meaning of life and death.

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Natick, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

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.

Thank Nancy S
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

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 14 February 2017

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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