Mount Auburn is a work in progress. Geological forces created its varied terrain and natural beauty. Human ideas about death, landscape design, decorative style, visitor needs and sustainability have continually transformed it since the Cemetery’s consecration in 1831. Through it all, it has remained a tranquil, lovely place for the dead to rest and for the living to visit and enjoy.
Mount Auburn is a world-class arboretum with an exceptional collection of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. They have been selected for their beauty, diversity and value to wildlife. Our horticulture department also works hard to ensure that there is something exciting to see all year long, from the flowers of spring to the evergreens of winter.
From the North
From I-93, take exit marked “Route 16 West, Alewife Brook Parkway.” Follow Parkway (Route 16) west through Medford and Arlington to the Alewife MBTA station. Follow signs for “Route 16 West, Watertown.” Cross railroad bridge and bear left at rotary, still following signs “Route 16 West.” Take Right at Huron Avenue, “Rte. 16 West, Watertown.” Take left on Aberdeen Ave., “Route 16, Watertown.” Get in left lane and at lights turn Left onto Mt. Auburn St. The main gate is immediately on the Right.
From the South
Get on Route 128 North (I-95). Exit at sign for Mass. Pike (I-90). Take the Mass Pike inbound toward Boston. Get off at Exit 17 marked “Watertown/Newton” and follow directions below.
From the West
From I – 90 (Mass Pike), take Exit 17 marked “Watertown/Newton.” Bear left, cross over the Pike, get in the middle lane, following the signs for “Watertown.” Take Galen Street .5 mile to Watertown Square. Go straight through onto Mt. Auburn St. (Route 16 East – Cambridge). Go 2.2 miles to the main gate on your Right, just after the large Star Market on the left.
On Public Transportation
Take the Red Line to Harvard Station. Then take either Watertown Square (#71) or Waverly Square bus (#73) and get off on Mount Auburn Street at Aberdeen Avenue. Cross Mount Auburn Street to main gate.
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
- Private Events
- Bird Watching
- Free admission
Open 8:00am to 6:00pm
Open daily, although times change seasonally.
Donations are greatly appreciated.
Mount Auburn Cemetery straddles the Watertown / Cambridge line, located approximately 1.5 miles west of Harvard Square.
Located in Cambridge, Harvard Square is a world-renowned shopping, dining, cultural and historical destination. Located just a mile and a half from Mount Auburn, Harvard Square has everything you need from tasty Indian Food and great shows at the American Repertory Theater to sweet Ice Cream and the unique glass flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History!Visit the Cambridge Office of Tourism to learn more.
Travel just west of Mount Auburn’s gates to explore Watertown’s many culinary gems, from the beloved Deluxe Town Diner and delicious Armenian markets in East Watertown to Not Your Average Joes on Main St. Visit the Watertown Patch’s directory of Watertown restaurants to learn more.