Category: Visiting

Guided Group Tours

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.


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.


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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.

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.


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

Curator’s Tour, Weekdays Only – $500 per guide*

*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.


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Group Visit Form

May 1, 2021

Thank you for your interest in a group visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery. Please complete the form below to let us know more about your plans.

Photography & Film Guidelines

Photography & Film Guidelines
January 1, 2021

Mount Auburn is a beautiful landscape and the frequent subject of photographs, film, and art. If you are interested in photographing at the Cemetery, please read through the photography guidelines outlined below.

As an active cemetery, Mount Auburn continues to perform burials almost daily. We ask that all photographers be respectful of those around them. The privacy and comfort of mourners and those seeking solace on our grounds are paramount to Mount Auburn. Photographing funerals is prohibited. 

Personal / Recreational Photography

Personal and recreational photography is candid and spontaneous and captured with a small handheld camera or your cell phone. It serves as a souvenir of your trip to the Cemetery. Mount Auburn does not require permission for personal photography. However, we ask that all visitors taking personal photographs be respectful of the landscape and observe our rules and guidelines.

Fine Art / Nature Photography

Photographers are welcome to capture Mount Auburn’s landscape for artistic purposes or to document the Cemetery’s flora and fauna. Use of any special equipment (beyond a standard camera and tripod) requires advanced approval and may limit the locations available to you for your photography work. Please see our commercial photography guidelines below if you wish to publish or sell your Cemetery photographs. 

Please note that Mount Auburn explicitly prohibits posed photography in the landscape.

Commercial Photography

Commercial photography includes all photography shared with the public for commercial, professional, and educational purposes in print or digital format. If a photographer receives compensation for images of or taken at the Cemetery, it is commercial. Mount Auburn approves requests for commercial photography on a case-by-case basis. Site fees may apply. 

Any use of your images in print or digital form requires Cemetery approval. Artists wishing to sell fine art prints of their photographs should also contact Mount Auburn for permission.  Selling photographs of the Cemetery as digital downloads or stock images is strictly prohibited.


Mount Auburn accommodates filming requests for documentaries and other non-fiction film projects that speak to history, nature, and death and dying. The Cemetery does not allow filming that conflicts with our mission, vision, and values or uses our grounds simply as a scenic backdrop.

Contact us to discuss the details of your project. Please note that there may be fees associated with filming. Student film projects will also require written documentation from the teacher/professor assigning the project.

Mount Auburn severely limits filming in the months of May and October due to high visitation. Please contact us well in advance if your project depends on filming in one of these two months.

Filming and Photographing for Media Use

We welcome members of the press to share Mount Auburn’s many stories. Please note that media coverage of funerals is strictly prohibited unless authorized by the family. Please contact the Friends of Mount Auburn for further assistance. 

Photography Group & Class Visits 

If you are a photography instructor looking to bring your students to the Cemetery, please fill out our Group Tour Request Form as a self-guided group two weeks before your visit.

Additional Guidelines

Mount Auburn is a place of inspiration and consolation. Photography and filming should not diminish the experience of other visitors and mourners on our grounds. Please keep the following in mind:

Photographs of funerals are strictly prohibited. 

Photography and filming are subject to scheduled funeral activity. In the event of a scheduling conflict, the Cemetery will make all efforts to find a suitable alternate location or work with you to reschedule your photography for a date at your convenience.

Unless photographing the monument of someone who lived a public life, photographs with legible monument inscriptions will not be approved for public use. 

Businesses may not use images of the Cemetery to promote their brand, products, or services.

Posed photography, including fashion shoots, is not allowed.  

Nudity is strictly prohibited.

Staging and props are prohibited. 

Drones are not allowed at Mount Auburn except under the direction of the Cemetery for internal purposes. 

Our Visitor Rules must be observed at all times. Mount Auburn reserves the right to revoke the film/photo permit of any party disturbing the Cemetery’s tranquility or disturbing the experience of other visitors. 


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Self-Guided Group Visits

Self-Guided Group Visits
January 1, 2021

Throughout the year, self-guided groups come to explore and connect with Mount Auburn’s landscape. There are no fees for self-guided groups, but we do ask that you register your visit at least two weeks in advance.


Self-guided groups are welcome to visit Mount Auburn seven days a week during daylight hours. Our grounds are open to the public 8 AM – 5 PM year-round with extended hours during daylight savings.

Mount Auburn is a place of consolation and inspiration. Help us to protect Mount Auburn’s beauty and tranquility by sharing our Visitor Guidelines with all members of your group.

Large vans and buses are not permitted inside the Cemetery. If your group is arriving in anything larger than a passenger van, we will send you directions to an alternate entrance.

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


Please complete the Group Visit Request Form to let us know more about your plans. A member of our Visitor Services staff will confirm your request and can assist you with any further questions.


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