Current Hours

November 5, 2021

The Cemetery grounds are open to all visitors 8 AM – 5 PM every day.  Please see below for information regarding specific buildings and amenities.

Visitors Center

The Visitors Center, located in Story Chapel, is open during all hours that the grounds are open to the public. It is staffed each day between 9 AM and 4:30 PM. If you need assistance locating a grave or planning your itinerary, please make sure to stop in the Visitors Center during the hours when a staff member or a volunteer will be there to assist you. Please Note: When Story Chapel is in use for a private memorial service, the Visitors Center is closed to the public.

Administration Office

Our Administrative Office is open by appointment for questions about grave and lot care and other Cemetery business. Our staff is available to assist you with most questions by phone or email during regular office hours:


Throughout the year, Mount Auburn’s Greenhouse offers seasonal cut flower arrangements for placement at graves and lots in the Cemetery. Visitors are also welcome to explore the Greenhouse to learn more about our current horticultural initiatives. The Greenhouse is open year-round during the following hours:


Visit Mount Auburn

Japanese White Pine

December 1, 2021

the white pine that stands by the lake. Tall and dense, it’s a whistling crest on windy mornings. Otherwise, it’s silent. It looks over the lake and it looks up the road. I don’t mean it has eyes. It has long bunches of needles, five to each bundle. From its crown springs a fragrance, the air is sharp with it. Everything is in it. But no single part can be separated from another…

              -Mary Oliver

 Whenever I think of or hear the name Japanese White Pine, Pinus parviflora, an immediate image is of one with a great blue heron resting on a long horizontal branch spanning above the placid water of Auburn Lake, which created a mirrored reflection.


Art of the Grave: The Cemetery Photographs of John D. Woolf

December 1, 2021

John Woolf has spent more than two decades photographing Mount Auburn Cemetery. He appreciates Mount Auburn as an arboretum and place of tranquility. “For years,” he adds, “I have photographed sculpture and architecture, and I have always been drawn to 19th-century iconography of death. All that is there in the Cemetery.” The imagery of mourning figures, ascending souls, and guiding angels are constant themes in Woolf’s work. He portrays memorial art through the aesthetic lens of early photographic processes, finding creative ways of marrying 19th-century techniques with 21st-century digital imaging technology as seen in his image of the Holbrook monument, in Lot 2697 Central Avenue above.