Enjoy Mount Auburn

There are many ways to experience Mount Auburn. It is a wonderful place to walk, to push a stroller, to look for wildlife, or to enjoy a bit of tranquility.

We offer printed and electronic materials to help you learn more about the Cemetery’s history, the notable people buried here, the many monuments and buildings, and our plant collections. We also offer suggestions for exploring the Cemetery with young children.

What to Do

Never been to Mount Auburn before? We recommend beginning your visit by stopping at our Visitors Center in Story Chapel, located just inside our main gate.

Walk

If your main interest in coming to Mount Auburn is to take a leisurely stroll, the Cemetery offers miles of roads and paved paths to explore. We have two designated walking paths: an inner loop of 1 mile and outer loop of 2 miles.

Learn

Get a flavor for what makes this place special right here on our website.

When you come to the Cemetery, check out the interactive kiosk in our Egyptian Revival Gatehouse, see the exhibits in our Visitors Center, or rent an audio walking or driving tour.

Do you want to explore a particular topic in even greater depth? We offer self-guided brochures on topics ranging from notable figures to art and architecture to horticulture. Printed guides are available for a small fee at our Visitors Center.

Free self-guided tours are also available through our Mount Auburn app. Simply follow the link with your smartphone or web-browsing device – no need to download – and enjoy one of the several tours available.

Join us for a program. The Friends of Mount Auburn offers walks, talks and special events to celebrate Mount Auburn’s many facets throughout the year.

Create

Mount Auburn inspired countless poets, painters, musicians, and other artists–even before it was a cemetery! We welcome painters and photographers throughout the year.

We ask that you refrain from shooting active funerals and that you please follow our Photography Guidelines, which detail procedures for everything from casual, handheld photography through photography for commercial use.

For information about wedding photography, please see our Wedding Photography Guidelines.

Observe

The view from the top of Washington Tower is spectacular–a panoramic perspective on Boston, Cambridge, and beyond. Back on ground level, you will find that the tranquil environment of Mount Auburn lends itself to contemplation and relaxation. We have provided benches at especially serene spots around the Cemetery.

Designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Mount Auburn is also a favorite bird watching destination for members of the birding community. Though especially well-known as a place to spot spring migrants, the Cemetery is a great place to bird watch year-round. Read our Birder’s Guide for some general information about birding at Mount Auburn.

Honor

Many people come to Mount Auburn to pay their respects to someone buried here, whether a relative, friend, or admired historic figure.

You can find the location of a burial within Mount Auburn on our website or, once at the Cemetery, by using the interactive kiosk located in our Egyptian Revival Gatehouse. Please help us to protect the landscape by leaving only natural plant materials as tributes at the graves of those you plan to visit (click here for a complete list of our Floral Tribute Regulations).

We have created several brochures highlighting notable figures at Mount Auburn which are available for purchase at our Visitors Center.

The Cemetery also offers many lectures examining the lives of people buried here and holds special services of commemoration. See our calendar for a list of upcoming events.

Research

Our historical collections include a wealth of documents, photographs, maps, and objects relating to the Cemetery’s history…and, by extension, the history of Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding communities. Please contact us at research@mountauburn.org to schedule a research appointment.

We have also hosted scientists interested in studying our horticultural collections or the wildlife that inhabits the Cemetery. Please contact us at friends@mountauburn.org if you would like to conduct a research project on our grounds.