Tips for Your Visit

An important part of Mount Auburn’s history is its role as a place to inspire and educate the public. We take this role seriously and provide amenities critical to our visitors’ enjoyment and comfort.  At the same time, we are both a historic landmark and an active burial site, so we ask that our visitors follow some basic guidelines during their stay here.

Visiting With Children

Mount Auburn Cemetery is a great place to explore with kids of all ages (we welcome strollers)! There is so much to see: our beautiful plants and trees, our resident wildlife, and different styles of monuments. Many interesting people are buried here, from the inventor of jellybeans to the author of children’s books. And everyone enjoys the panoramic vista of the Boston area from Washington Tower.

Available Amenities

The Cemetery has public restrooms, a water fountain, and bike rack. We invite our visitors to learn more about the Cemetery, its many facets, and its history at our interactive kiosk and Visitors Center (both are air-conditioned during summer months).

Group Visits

We welcome large groups, but ask that you schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance. Find out more about options for Group Visits.

Visit Guidelines

We ask that all visitors:

Park bikes and motorcycles at the racks provided just inside our entrance.

Walk–not jog–through the Cemetery. We welcome baby strollers.

Help us protect our monuments and horticultural collections. Please leave pets and food or drink at home. Also, monuments are more fragile than they appear: please do not touch them.

Feel free to photograph our landscape, plants, and wildlife for your own enjoyment. We only request that you do not photograph any funerals. If you are planning to film or photograph the Cemetery for commercial purposes, please read our Film and Photography Guidelines. For wedding photography, please see our Wedding Photography Guidelines.

Bring only natural plant materials for placing at graves within the Cemetery. At certain times of the year, flags are also permitted – please see our Veterans Flags Guidelines. Review a complete list of our Floral Tribute Regulations.