Each year, more than 200,000 visitors of all ages come to commune with nature, explore our landscape, participate in a program, and visit the graves of those remembered here. Come discover for yourself what makes Mount Auburn a national treasure.

General Guidelines for Visitors

Mount Auburn is a place of consolation and inspiration. As you explore, remember that this is not only a beautiful green space, but also an active cemetery, and all of our guests are deserving of the peace and solace that our landscape provides. Please help us to preserve Mount Auburn’s unique and contemplative character by being mindful of our visitor guidelines.

  • 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.

Visitor Activities

  • Please leave your skateboards, rollerblades, balls, frisbees, cross country skis, and other recreational equipment at home.
  • If you are traveling to the Cemetery by bike or scooter, please lock it up at one of the racks just inside our Mount Auburn Street entrance and continue your visit on foot. 
  • Running and jogging are prohibited. 
  • Please leave your pets at home. Only service animals are permitted.
  • 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.  


Our beautiful landscape is the frequent subject of photos and film. Personal photography is allowed and encouraged. Commercial photography and all filming requires approval.

Photography & Film Guidelines

Group Visits

Group Visits

Mount Auburn welcomes hundreds of groups each year, including garden clubs, senior living, and university students. Inquire about bringing your group for a guided or self-guided visit.

Group Visits

Grave Tributes

Grave Tributes

Read our Tribute Rules & Regulations, see the calendar of holidays, times when flags are permitted and clean sweep dates, and purchase floral tributes in our webstore seasonally.