The Hunnewell Building and Visitor Center at 125 Arborway are closed to the public in response to COVID-19. The Arnold Arboretum landscape is open dawn to dusk, though parking around the perimeter (except for handicap spaces) has been eliminated by the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please consider avoiding peak hours of visitation, wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times, and maintain at least six to ten feet of distance from others. Read more about the Arboretum's response to COVID-19 here.
Throughout his career, pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted created naturalistic masterpieces like the Arnold Arboretum through a guiding set of principles, including a strong belief in the essential benefits of parkland to urban health and democracy. His passion on this subject played a decisive role in Harvard University's decision to give the Arboretum's land to the City of Boston and open its gates permanently to everyone, free of charge. "It is a scientific fact," Olmsted wrote, "that the occasional contemplation of natural scenes of an impressive character, particularly if this contemplation occurs in connection with relief from ordinary cares, change of air, and change of habits, is favorable to health and vigor." Olmsted's handiwork has been carefully preserved at the Arboretum, along with its potential to restore, recharge, and reconnect us to the natural world. Our 281-acre landscape is open dawn to dusk, and you are welcome to explore its beauty safely and responsibly.more »
See rare plants collected from around the world, breathtaking views of Boston, and both wild and manicured landscapes. This 281-acre jewel in Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace of parklands is both a research center of Harvard University and a beloved public landscape open free to the public every day.
How many individuals of a threatened species would a garden or arboretum need to grow to capture the same diversity in nature? Michael Dosmann and colleagues from a consortium of gardens address this and other questions in a paper just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Abstract»
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is largely self-financed, funding its programs in botanical research, education, and horticulture through a private endowment built and maintained by past and present philanthropy.