Guided Group Tours

January 1, 2012

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 (see Tour Options below). Tours generally last approximately 90 minutes.

General Information

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.

The fees for guided tours are as follows:
Monday – Friday, 9AM – 3 PM $125 per guide

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM, available seasonally, $150 per guide

Saturday & Sunday, 9 AM – 3 PM $150 per guide

*Groups larger than 30 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.

To schedule a visit to Mount Auburn for your group, please complete the group visit registration form. You may also inquire about scheduling a tour by telephone by calling our Group Tours extension, 617-607-1986. Please be as specific as possible with the reason for your visit, the size of your group and the type of tour that you would like to schedule. A member of Mount Auburn’s Education & Visitor Services staff will contact you regarding your visit within three days of receiving your request.

Tour Options

Discover Mount Auburn

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 state or New England champions of their species. Walking tours will be customized to highlight areas of seasonal interest.

* Tours in the spring and fall seasons should be requested well in advance, as our calendar fills quickly.

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.

Group Tour Policies

  • Payment for tours is due one week prior to the visit date. At this time, a member of our staff will contact you to confirm the final number of visitors in your group.
  • Mount Auburn does not offer rain dates. Group tours will only be cancelled for severe or hazardous weather.
  • Mount Auburn does not offer refunds without a week’s notice before your scheduled visit. If your visit is cancelled due to severe weather and cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be issued.

If you would like a printer-friendly version of these guidelines, please see our Group Visit Brochure.


  1. Noela Sly says:

    We will be in Boston from Sunday 17th May until Tuesday 19th May, 2015. There are only the two of us, but would it be possible to join one of your tours of the cemetery?
    We are visiting from Australia.
    Sincerely Noela Sly

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      Thank you for checking in with us. At this time we do not have our spring program schedule lined up for May – but please stop in our Visitors Center while you are here and we can update you on tours and show you our maps and self-guided materials. If you check back on our website in March – you will be able to see what is happening during the time of your visit! May is one of the very loveliest times to visit Mount Auburn – albeit probably the busiest time to visit as well. We look forward to meeting you in person come spring!

  2. Maureen L. Duffy says:

    I am interested in the tour advertised in AAA for March 26. There will be 3 of us. Please let me know what we need to do to register. Thank you
    Maureen Duffy

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