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The Mapparium

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Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115-3012
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+1 617-450-7000
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Discover one of Boston’s hidden cultural treasures: The Mapparium! This...

Discover one of Boston’s hidden cultural treasures: The Mapparium! This world-famous, three-story globe is one of the key attractions at The Mary Baker Eddy Library and has been visited by more than 10 million people since it was constructed in 1935. Brilliant colors and lights track global shifts over the past century as a rich orchestration of words, inspiring quotes, music, and LED lights illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.

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Go inside the globe! Worth the visit.

This is a giant glass globe at the Christian Science complex. You go inside the globe, and see the countries of the world as they were in the 1930's. Fascinating perspective on... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a giant glass globe at the Christian Science complex. You go inside the globe, and see the countries of the world as they were in the 1930's. Fascinating perspective on the globe, and interesting to see the historical changes. The acoustics are strange--you can stand at one end of the walkway and whisper to someone at the other... More 

Thank JaneT013
Brookline, Massachusetts
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

in the center of the huge Christian Science complex,it is an interesting unusual sight but very quick to see. good to pop in when in the area

Thank rzamenhof
San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

After paying the entry and receiving a ticket with your entrance time, you wait in a large room for your tour time and can watch a short film on the history of Christian Science which I found rather interesting. When your tour starts, you enter the Mapparium room where you are surrounded by a beautiful glass map of the world.... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mapparium is a fascinating exhibit that has to be experienced first-hand. As well as being a huge inverted stained-glass globe it has very unusual acoustic properties which are good if you love the sound of your own voice! On the trip inside you are accompanied by a guide who gives you a quick history and explains the ideas behind... More 

Thank Phil M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wish somebody would have told me you can't take pictures here. Admission is $6 for 15 with a 5 minute light show. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful but not worth the trouble, time, or money! Especially when you can't even take a photo. Major disappointment.

Thank Monica C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made of glass, ages ago- can see how country boundaries have changed over time. The acoustics for the room are quite amazing and you can experience whispering in your own years. The visit is quite short however it is an experience not to be missed. Word of warning there is not much to do but this experience is quite unique.... More 

Thank kadishko
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is within the Mary Eddy library, $4 dollars to get into the library anmdf your van eserve a slot for the tour of the Mapparium, it onlt takes 2o mins but if your visiting Boston, make the effort. Its a 3 storey globe you enter and walk through on a glass walk way. biult in the 30's from stained... More 

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An intriguing part of the Mary Baker Eddy Library, this is a quick stop for a very different experience. Young or old - it's incredible to see such beautiful stained glass and the world as it was in 1935. The acoustics, because of the round spherical shape, create unusual sound effects. LED's were put in the renovation of 2015 so... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went into the Mapparium having seen only pictures in brochures. It is definitely quite the experience. The acoustics are super cool and it is unlike anything else I've seen. It's a quick 20 minutes tour inside the actual Mapparium but building that it is in and the Church nearby are quite nice to see as well.

Thank daniela21308
Rosseau, Ontario
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mapparium is a guided tour that lasts approximately 20 minutes. It's an experience like no other, standing inside the globe and being surrounded by the splendour of our planet (as it was in 1935, politically different from today, but geographically very much the same). There is an audio/video presentation that accompanies the visit, and it's very well done. A... More 

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