2023 SOLSTICE: Reflections on Winter Light

2023 SOLSTICE: Reflections on Winter Light
September 19, 2023

Created by MASARY Studios
Commissioned by Mount Auburn Cemetery

Join us as we welcome back SOLSTICE: Reflections on Winter Light to Mount Auburn Cemetery in December 2023! The three outdoor light and sound artworks return with renewed approaches and integrations. A new feature this year is the interactive Hortus Gateway; four imprinted towers that will welcome visitors to enter the landscape through symmetrical illumination. We have also added an extended pathway on Central Ave which will give guests the opportunity to slow down, contemplate, and enjoy the night sky. Each piece may be perceived on its own or intertwined with one another to create a holistic experience. Connect to a landscape of exceptional beauty, consider an intention for the new year, or commemorate the memory of a loved one. Let the solstice light your way as you encounter the unique spirit of Mount Auburn.

This year’s event takes place December 9 – 21 and tickets will go on sale for the general public on October 2nd.

Join or renew your membership today!  Members will get advanced access to ticketing and receive a 50% discount on all Adult General Admission tickets. 

Learn more about SOLSTICE

Event Dates & Times:

Dec 9-10 | Dec 12-13 | Dec 15-17 | Dec 19-21
Timed entries each night.

Ticket information:

Adult, FOMAC Members: $15
Adult: $30
Youth(ages 6-16): $5
Child (5 and under): Free

FOMAC Member tickets available starting September 18th
General admission tickets available starting October 2nd

Photos by Aram Boghosian

What’s In Bloom 2023

What’s In Bloom 2023
July 17, 2023

What’s in Bloom: Week of September 18, 2023

Franklin tree, Franklinia alatamaha, Fir Ave.

Autumn Joy sedum, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, @ flagpole

Sedum, Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’, Fir Ave. @ Verbena Path

Harlequin glorybower, Clerodendron tricotomum, Fountain Ave.

Bluebeard, Carryopteris sp., several locations


Floral Tribute Regulations

Floral Tribute Regulations
December 1, 2011

Please help us maintain the historic character and beauty of Mount Auburn Cemetery by respecting the regulations for placement of floral tributes. Floral tributes have historically performed two important roles: to remember and honor a loved one and to beautify the area where they have been interred.

Mount Auburn Cemetery’s tribute regulations support these important roles while protecting our visitors, structures, and landscape. Thank you for your assistance and understanding.

In most areas Mount Auburn furnishes and installs one metal vase, set flush with the turf, after the interment in a single, companion, or urn grave is made. Due to safety concerns, other permanently installed vases are not allowed.

Cut flowers, bouquets of natural plant material, potted plants, or baskets of flowering plants are permitted at any time, but may be removed when they become unsightly or during area maintenance such as mowing.

To ensure that plants appropriate to the cultural conditions and historic character of the cemetery are selected, all in-ground planting must be performed by Mount Auburn’s horticultural staff. Please stop by the office if you wish to request or discuss planting options.

Large planters, hanging baskets, glass, china, jars, bottles, and tin cans are prohibited and subject to immediate removal.

Wreaths, baskets, or sprays of natural evergreens and/or dried plant material appropriate to the Holiday Season are permitted as tributes during the winter months. Mount Auburn reserves the right to remove tributes when they have become unsightly and to remove any plastic flowers or other artificial decorations that are not appropriate to the setting.

At all times throughout the Cemetery any toys, knickknacks, pinwheels, balloons, crockery, glassware, shells, boxes, vigil candles, plastic containers, and similar ornaments or articles are prohibited and subject to immediate removal.

Please do not use wires or plant stands to hold pots or flowers upright. Wires constitute a serious hazard to our visitors and staff during mowing and trimming operations.

Flags are permitted during Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day and will be removed the following week.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance needed to sustain the historic character and beauty of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Please contact the office if you would like a comprehensive copy of the rules and regulations, have any questions, or require assistance.

Memorial DayWreaths

Open Position: Data and Business Applications Manager

September 14, 2023

We are seeking a highly-skilled and motivated Data and Business Applications Manager to lead our efforts in integrating and managing business applications and data solutions. This individual will work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless data exchange, efficient workflows, and robust applications management in our primarily Azure cloud-centric environment, which also leverages certain AWS components. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of cloud-based technologies, data management, and application integration. 


Open Position: Staff Accountant at Mount Auburn Cemetery

September 5, 2023


We are seeking a dedicated and detail-oriented Staff Accountant to join our nonprofit organization. As a vital member of our finance team, you will be responsible for processing customer invoices and payments, managing vendor and employee accounts payable, month-end reconciliations, and in supporting automation initiatives. Your role will contribute to the financial efficiency and service of our organization as we work toward our mission of making a positive impact in the community.