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It is true that Mount Auburn is first and foremost a cemetery, but it is also a National Historic Landmark, a botanical garden, an outdoor museum of art and architecture, and an important habitat for urban wildlife. Attend one of our many events and discover for yourself what makes this place so special!

 



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Light My Song: An Observational Poetry Tour at Mount Auburn

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

“…Sweet Auburn! send the spirit of thy shades To light my song when memory's radiance fades.”  -From Sweet Auburn by Caroline F. Orne  Join docent Rosemarie Smurzynski for a poetry tour of the Cemetery visiting the graves of Mount Auburn’s best-known observational poets Caroline Frances Orne, Robert Creeley, and Amy Lowell. Hear some of their poems read […]

Discover Mount Auburn Introductory Walking Tour

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

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 1.5-mile walking tour will focus on stories of history, monuments, and the lives of those buried […]

Moving Through Grief to Gratitude

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

“Gratitude and grief may seem to be in tension with one another, but gratitude and loss are inseparable. Awareness of what is present calls forth what is absent.” -Oren Jay Sofer Led by dancer and Artist-in-Residence Lonnie Stanton, this adult workshop is rooted in yoga, initiating movement through intentional breathwork. Using somatic* movement techniques, we […]

Forest Bathing: A Mindful Nature Experience

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

Join guest guide Stefanie Haug (LICSW) as we explore Mount Auburn Cemetery by slowing down, being attentive to nature with all our senses, and deepening our appreciation for this special slice of our Watertown and Cambridge neighborhood. Our Forest Bathing experience will include simple warm-up movements, a natural history of the area, guided breathing and centering […]

Community Connections Walks: Elderhood

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

Navigating life's challenges. With Nature. As a community.   Join guest guide, Stefanie Haug LICSW, (she/her) for a series of theme-based Community Connection Walks. Each walk includes nature-based mindfulness practices, periods of group silence, and periods of circle sharing to reflect, listen and share what may arise around the theme of our walk. The philosopher Ram Dass […]

Morning Writes

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

Morning Writes at Mount Auburn will help you jumpstart a new creative practice or re-energize your existing routine. Recharge your imagination. Shift your perspective. Nurture your creativity in nature. MORNING WRITES is an informal writing time and a chance to meet up with other creative thinkers. Each session will begin with a few writing prompts […]

Burial Info Session (Virtual)

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

Curious about burial and memorialization at Mount Auburn Cemetery? Come learn about our various burial options, including cremation burial, natural burial, and conventional casket burial, and about the ways a person can be remembered at Mount Auburn whether they are buried here or not.  You’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions whether you attend in person or […]

Burial Info Session (In-Person)

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

Curious about burial and memorialization at Mount Auburn Cemetery? Come learn about our various burial options, including cremation burial, natural burial, and conventional casket burial, and about the ways a person can be remembered at Mount Auburn whether they are buried here or not.  You’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions whether you attend in person or […]

Sunset Sound Meditations

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

An outdoor Guided Meditation, Relaxation and Sound Experience.  Sound Healing practitioner Marlene Boyette welcomes all to be held by the earth, to find refuge, to rest, and to be led through a guided meditation intended to bring the mind and the body into unison, while also engaging the senses. Weaving together the sounds, vibrations, and energy of […]

Mount Auburn’s Nighthawks

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

The fall migration of the Common Nighthawk is a predictable and visible phenomenon. Over the years Bob Stymeist has observed hundreds of nighthawks from the Tower and now you can, too. We’ll meet at Asa Gray Garden (Lawn Avenue Circle) and caravan to Washington Tower. Bring Binoculars and a flashlight. Registration required. Accessibility Note: This […]