Guided Group Tours

May 1, 2021

Mount Auburn welcomes group visits year-round. Guided walking tours of the Cemetery are available for educational and non-profit groups on a wide variety of topics. Tours generally last approximately 90 minutes.

We are not currently taking requests for guided tours. We will announce revised tour options in 2022. Thank you for understanding.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Groups wishing to schedule a guided tour the Cemetery should submit their visit request at least two weeks in advance of visiting. Those wishing to visit in the spring (late April through May) or fall should book their tours well in advance, as our calendar fills quickly.

Tours can be arranged seven days per week between April and October, subject to staff availability. Tours are available Monday – Saturday between November and March.

Mount Auburn does not offer rain dates. Group tours will only be cancelled for severe or hazardous weather.

If you have accessibility concerns, ask us about our options for accommodating people with limited mobility.


TOUR OPTIONS

Discover Mount Auburn

Mount Auburn, designated a National Historic Landmark, is one of the country’s most significant designed landscapes. Here, the arts of horticulture, architecture and sculpture combine with the beauty of nature to create a place of comfort and inspiration. This walking tour will focus on the stories of history, monuments and the lives of those buried here.

* Stops during this tour can be customized according to your group’s interests, provided the tour is arranged with enough advanced notice. For example, the tour can be tailored to include visits to the graves of those buried here with connections to your organization.

Horticultural Highlights

Mount Auburn Cemetery is one of the most beautiful and historic landscapes in America. Its impressive collection of over 5,000 trees represents 630 taxa. Thousands of shrubs and herbaceous plants weave through 175 acres of hills, dells, ponds, woodlands and clearings. Plant species from around the world that grow in a northern temperate climate can be seen on the grounds, including individual specimens recorded as Massachusetts or New England champions for their species. Walking tours will be customized to highlight areas of seasonal interest.

Custom Tour

We are happy to create custom tours tailored to the interests of your group. Our docents have given tours on a wide host of topics, ranging from monument studies to landscape design and history, and African American heritage and abolition to notable figures commemorated at Mount Auburn. Please give us a detailed description of your group’s interests, and we will do our best to create a highly-personalized tour.

President’s or Curator’s Tour

Mount Auburn’s senior staff and curators are available for private guided tours upon request. Tour content will be customized to meet the interests of your group.


TOUR FEES & PAYMENT

Monday – Friday, 9AM – 3 PM – $150 per guide*
Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM, available seasonally – $200 per guide*
Saturday & Sunday, 9AM – 3 PM – $200 per guide*

President’s/Curator’s Tour, Weekdays Only – $300

*Groups larger than 20 people will require at least two guides and a fee will be assessed per guide.

Tour fees should be made payable to the Friends of Mount Auburn and are due one week prior to your group’s visit. Cash, check and credit card (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted as payment. There is no deposit required to reserve a group tour.

Mount Auburn does not offer refunds without a week’s notice of cancellation. If your visit is cancelled due to severe weather and cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be issued.


REQUEST A GROUP TOUR

We are not currently taking requests for guided group tours. We will announce revised options for guided group visits in the Fall of 2021. Thank you for understanding.

During this time, we do encourage groups to explore the Cemetery on their own. If you would like to plan a self-guided visit, please complete the Group Visit Request Form to let us know more about your plans.


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