Visitor Rules & Safety

August 24, 2021

We are a place of consolation and inspiration. As you explore, remember that this is not your typical park. Please help us to preserve Mount Auburn’s character and beauty by being mindful of our visitor guidelines.


Face masks are required inside all buildings per the Watertown Board of Health (effective August 25, 2021).

Visitors do not have to wear masks outdoors but we ask that you respect other’s personal space while on the grounds.


Be respectful and considerate of other visitors. 

Driving through the Cemetery is allowed. The speed limit is 15 MPH. You may park on any road without a green line, but please keep all wheels on the pavement to protect our grass and plantings.

Our grounds are open year round between 8AM and 5PM with extended hours during daylight savings. Please consult our current hours and plan your visit accordingly.

Visitors can find a water fountain by the public restrooms at our Entrance. Please do not drink from the water spigots on the grounds as this is not potable water. 

Please help us keep the Cemetery clean. You can find trash and recycling receptacles at our Entrance Gate.

Children under the age of 16 must be with a parent or guardian at all times.

Follow all health and safety guidelines.


Please leave your bikes, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, balls, frisbees, cross country skis, and other recreational equipment at home. If you are traveling to the Cemetery by bike, please lock it up at the rack just inside our Mount Auburn Street entrance. 

Running and jogging are prohibited. 

Please leave your pets at home.

Picnicking, sunbathing, and sitting on the grass are prohibited. Please leave your blankets and lawn chairs at home.

Gravestones are fragile. For your safety and their preservation, please do not touch or climb on them. Gravestone rubbing is prohibited.

Help care for our trees. Please do not climb on or hang from them.

Leave our plantings for all to enjoy. Please do not pick any flowers or walk through planting beds.  

For your protection and their well-being, please keep a safe distance and do not feed the wildlife.

Our ponds are for reflection. Therefore, wading, swimming, and fishing are prohibited. Likewise, ice skating is not allowed. 

Please help us protect Mount Auburn’s tranquility. Use headphones with any digital devices. 

Artist easels and stools are allowed, but please keep them out planting beds and away from monuments and graves.  


Feel free to photograph our landscape, plants, and wildlife for your personal enjoyment. We only request that you do not photograph any funerals. 

Drones are prohibited. Leave the flying to the birds. 

Photography for any non-personal use requires advanced approval. Fees may apply. 

All filming requires advanced approval. Our staff will approve filming requests based on their appropriateness. Fees may apply.

Wedding photography is restricted to certain areas of the Cemetery and requires a permit and site fee. 


Private groups must register a scheduled visit two weeks in advance. 

Buses and other large vehicles are not allowed on the grounds. Groups traveling to the Cemetery by private bus must contact us in advance to arrange walk-in entry at an alternate entrance. 

Organized gatherings of any size are not permitted on the grounds without advance arrangements and may include a site rental fee. We are not currently hosting wedding ceremonies or receptions at the Cemetery.


Bring only natural plant materials for placing at graves within the Cemetery. Review a complete list of our Floral Tribute Regulations.

Visitors can place flags at graves for certain holidays, including Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans’ Day. Please see our Veterans Flags Guidelines for additional information. 

Enjoy Mount Auburn and have a safe visit!


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