Cambridge, MA Don't-Miss Attraction: Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery is noted for architecture, history, gardens and wildlife.

On Monday, August 20, 2012 - 16:18

A cemetery may seem like an odd place to spend the day, but when it’s a national monument such as Mount Auburn Cemetery, it's easy to enjoy a peaceful day full of American history.

Nearly 174 acres, the monument is the resting place for more than 95,000 influential people who left their mark in history. Some of the 95,000 include: activist Dorothea Dix, psychologist B.F. Skinner, and several U.S. political and educational leaders.

As you’re strolling along, immerse yourself in a harmonious scene. Each tomb is architecturally beautiful, some of them displaying Gothic elements and others tell a story through symbolic sculptures. Scale the Gothic-style main tower to get a breathtaking view of the Boston skyline.

On top of the art, the cemetery is filled with different types of plants and flowers, and it’s often dubbed “the garden”. With the plants, an array of wildlife exists within the confines of the cemetery. Also, the cemetery is open year round and free of admission.

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