Easter & Passover Weekend

March 20, 2018

Easter & Passover Weekend Hours

Saturday, March 31 & Sunday, April 1

The Cemetery is open 8 AM – 7 PM

Floral tributes will be available for purchase at the Greenhouse 8 AM – 2 PM.

If you need to the find the location of a grave you can:

*Look it up before your visit on our website http://www.mountauburn.org/map/
*Go to the Visitors Center to have a volunteer help you.  Open Saturday & Sunday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM


Easter tributes will be removed starting Monday, April 23.


Horticultural Highlight: Jeffrey pine, Pinus jeffreyi

March 5, 2018


I’d seen

their hoofprints in the deep

needles and knew

they ended the long night

under the pines…

                -Mary Oliver


Within Mount Auburn there are approximately 450 pine trees, representing two-dozen distinct species, out of the 125 Pinus species extant worldwide. Herein we look at the Jeffrey pine, Pinus jeffreyi, native to southwestern Oregon, California and into some mountains of northern Baja California. Most often growing at elevations between 5000 and 9500-feet, in the northern coast ranges it also occurs almost at sea level.

Its common and Latin names commemorate the man who introduced it, John Jeffrey (1826-1854?), Scottish plant collector/explorer, sent to the Pacific Northwest and California in 1850, by British gentlemen subscribers interested in new plants. Initially signed to a three-year contract, representing the Oregon Association of Edinburgh, four of his eventual ten shipments of boxes of specimens and seeds never arrived back to Edinburgh. Nonetheless 119 species of seeds (including P. jeffreyi) and over 400 plant specimens of new and unusual flora were his documented success. After early 1854 he mysteriously disappeared, never to be heard from again. Author Frank A. Long states, “John Jeffrey was like a shooting star, a quick twinkle soon extinguished.” (more…)

Notice: Winter Tribute Removal

February 10, 2018

Please be advised that all winter tributes and decorations will be removed from the Cemetery grounds starting Tuesday, February 20th depending on the condition of the grounds and staffing availability.

Revitalizing Bigelow Chapel & Asa Gray Garden

February 1, 2018

As part of its Strategic Plan, Mount Auburn is currently revitalizing two of its most celebrated landmarks, Asa Gray Garden and Bigelow Chapel. Together these projects are part of a larger initiative to enhance the experience of arriving at and being within Mount Auburn, a place that has served to comfort the bereaved and inspire all who visit since its founding. Independently, each project presents an exciting new chapter in the Cemetery’s history.

Council of Visitors

December 18, 2017

Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Council of Visitors is comprised of Cemetery friends, leaders in horticulture, historic preservation, educational programming, landscape enhancement, and community leaders who support the Cemetery in accomplishing its mission and maintaining the highest standards of excellence.  Learn more about the Council of Visitors.

Mount Auburn Cemetery Council of Visitors 2018

Caroline Mortimer, Co-Chair

Franklin A. Reece III, Co-Chair

John Airasian, Founding Member

Jane M. Carroll, Founding Member

Susan W. Paine, Founding Member

Helen Abrams

Rowena Alston

Peter W. Ambler

Melissa Banta

Elizabeth E. Barker

Claude Benoit

Stephanie Berk

Willa Bodman

Virginia J. Brady

Joanna H. Breyer

Cindy Brockway

Eliza E. Burden

W. Douglas Burden

Sharon Bushnell

Thomas N. Byrne

Patricia Capone

Sue Carlson

Bill Clendaniel

Elizabeth Coxe

David B. Dearinger

Peter Del Tredici

Geri Denterlein

Alan J. Dworsky

Suzanne R. Dworsky

Suzanne W. Dworsky

Alan Emmet

Karen Falb

Peter Falb

David Forney

Marjorie Gerdine

Philip Gerdine

Liz Goodfellow Zagoroff

Patricia N. Grandieri

Noah Griffin

Craig Halvorson

Eileen Harrington

Jonathan Hecht

John Hemenway

Lt. Col. David Hencke

Peter Hiam

Susan Hockfield

Richard M. Hunt

Nora Huvelle

Bruce Irving

Ann Holton Jenne

Laura Johnson

Wendall Kalsow

Stephen Kendrick

Joseph Koerner

Clare Walker Leslie

Jane Levitt

Caleb Loring III

Lauren MacCarthy

Joe Martinez

Brooks Mathewson

Roberto Mighty

Julie Moir Messervy

Kyra Montagu

Marian Morash

Russell Morash

Keith Morgan

Anthony Morris

Susan Morris

Jeffrey H. Munger

H. Betsy Munzer

Mark Kimball Nichols

Herb Nolan

Denise Pappas

Erik Park

Wayne Petersen

Donald Pfister

Stephen Pinkerton

Frances Pratt

Harold I. Pratt

Pat Pratt

Nancy Rappaport

Marilyn Richardson

Charles Rosenberg

David Russo

Alison Sander

Julia Sheehan

E. Denise Simmons

Deborah L. Smith

Sherley G. Smith

Rosemarie Smurzynski

James Storey

Patty Straus

Bob Stymeist

Ruth Thomasian

Claudia Thompson

Kate Thompson

Pam Turner

Liz Vizza

Matt Walter

Mary Webb

Jason Weeks

Charlie Welch

Richard Willis

Rosemary Wilson

Elizabeth Wylde

Support our Annual Fund!

September 29, 2017

Fall is one of the most glorious times to experience Mount Auburn Cemetery. From the changing leaves that create a canopy of vibrant foliage on our many trees to the sight of majestic hawks swooping through the crisp air, the uplifting and healing powers of our beautiful landscape are at their finest, and we hope you have time to witness them for yourself. It is easy to forget, however, that an incredible amount of work goes into keeping Mount Auburn this beautiful and serene. From our horticulture and landscaping teams maintaining all 175 acres, to our preservation staff conserving and repairing irreplaceable historic monuments, to our Visitor Services staff offering varied educational programs to experience the landscape on a deeper level, we are always working busily behind the scenes to make this an inspiring place for everyone.

Although Mount Auburn Cemetery has an endowment that provides operating funds for general maintenance of its grounds, certain individual lots, and buildings, this restricted endowment support does not cover the significant additional costs needed to sustain all of the vast details that go into making the landscape such a special place. This is where supporters like you are so essential! Please join us in keeping Mount Auburn beautiful by making a gift to our Annual Fund today. You can donate via our website at mountauburn.org/give, or by calling our offices at 617-607-1946. Thank you for your generosity!


Open Position: Security Guard/Visitor Services Representative

March 14, 2018

As a member of the Security staff, the Security Guard/Visitor Services Representative reports directly to the Security Supervisor for weekly scheduling and daily assignment of tasks, but also works closely with the Visitor Services staff to provide visitor services in a professional and courteous manner. Primary responsibilities include Entrance Gate duty, serving as first contact for visitors to welcome them, answer questions and direct them to their desired destinations. Uses computer to locate specific grave locations for visitors as requested. Provides security functions at the Entrance Gate area, including the handling of visitors arriving on bicycles, motorcycles, with dogs, etc. Assists with the management of funeral processions and memorial services, directing traffic flow and parking as appropriate.

Maintains a clean and professional appearance of Entrance Gate area by picking up trash, watering the plants, and removing snow and ice as needed. Sells and rents interpretive materials in a responsible manner, including credit cards transactions and cash management. Hours: Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Monday 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Start and end times may vary during different seasons of the year to correspond to the opening time of the Cemetery, and overtime hours may be required for special events and extra coverage during the busiest periods. (more…)

What is a Columbarium?

March 10, 2018

According to Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Glossary of Terms prepared by the Curator of Historical Collections, Meg L. Winslow, a Columbarium is “a structure, room or space in a mausoleum or other building designed to hold multiple cremated remains in niches.”  At Mount Auburn we have two public Columbaria, one in each Chapel, as well as private family Columbaria. (more…)

Citizen Science Naturalist Program

March 10, 2018

The mission of the Citizen Science Naturalist program is to establish a team of well-trained volunteers to support biodiversity research at Mount Auburn, as well as in the community. The volunteers will receive training from a diverse group of local experts that will enable each volunteer to become a dependable research assistant and informal educator to the public.

The Naturalist training program will include seven sessions covering flora and fauna, as well as field note taking, nature photography, and nature drawing. These sessions will establish a foundation on which biodiversity study can be built. Additional learning opportunities will be provided throughout the year, including biodiversity walks and field experiments. (more…)