Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
Daily, sunrise to sunset
Information: 617-524-1718

The Arnold Arboretum was founded in 1872 as a research institute and living museum dedicated to the study and appreciation of woody plants. Across its 265 acres grows a collection of over 15,000 trees, shrubs, and vines gathered over the past century from the forests of Asia, Europe, and North America. The Arboretum landscape, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Sprague Sargent, is a National Historic Landmark and part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system.

Research programs at the Arboretum are based on its rich collections of living woody plants and herbarium specimens and extensive library holdings. The living collections, located in Jamaica Plain, present a synopsis of the woody flora of the North Temperate Zone, while the Arboretum’s dried specimen collection in the Harvard University Herbaria has special strength in tropical Asian species. The libraries, also in the two locations, contain more than 250,000 items, including reference books, serials, pamphlets, catalogs, manuscripts, and photographs. The libraries are open to faculty and students; the Hunnewell Building library is also open to the general public. Together these collections support studies of plant systematics and evolution, tropical plant ecology and conservation. Through fellowships and direct support, the Arboretum encourages undergraduates, graduate students, and visiting scientists to use its collections and participate in its research programs. The Arboretum offers a summer intern program in practical horticulture as well as field studies in ecology and plant science for elementary school classrooms. The Arboretum’s Landscape Institute, located in Cambridge, conducts professional training in landscape design, historic landscape preservation, and garden history.

The Arboretum is located next to the Jamaica Plain neighborhood in Boston and is accessible by public transportation via the MBTA Forest Hills Station. The landscape is open dawn until dusk every day of the year, and there is no admission charge. Free tours are available April–September. Adult education classes are offered year-round. The Hunnewell Building Visitor Center is open Monday–Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; and Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

accessThe Hunnewell Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible.