About Mount Auburn
Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1831 with a most ambitious vision. Within a forested landscape nestled between Cambridge and Watertown, our founders created an extraordinary place, one where the living mourner would come to find solace and the public would come to find inspiration.
The founders envisioned the Cemetery as the place where the great and the good of Boston — without restrictions on religion or race — would be
Mount Auburn Cemetery is a singular treasure, a place where history and beauty meet memory and nature. Whether you come to birdwatch, enjoy the ever-changing landscape, admire the monuments, or enjoy a contemplative moment in this urban oasis, Mount Auburn is here for you. And it’s here for everyone: Mount Auburn is a National Historic Landmark that is open to the public at no cost, 365 days a year.
Our Mission & Vision
After nearly two centuries, we continue to honor our founding mission as a place of commemoration and inspiration.
Before 1831, most Americans were buried in isolated plots or in crowded town graveyards. Mount Auburn’s founders had a new vision. They designed a tranquil, natural setting, well outside the city, to bury and commemorate the dead and to inspire and comfort the living.
Mount Auburn’s Leadership is responsible for advancing the Cemetery’s mission, vision, and values.
Friends of Mount Auburn
The Friends of Mount Auburn assists in the conservation of the Cemetery’s natural beauty and the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural ressources.