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Mapparium

The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
617-450-7000
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Ranked #46 of 207 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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san diego
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I had gone to this when I was in the 3rd grade but could never remember it's name. I could visualize it but could never find it. Finally in April 2014 we were in Boston and I went on the internet and finally found it. My husband couldn't understand what I was talking about because it's hard to explain. That... More

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Ft Myers, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Such a cool place. Hidden near the Christian Science Monitor building, it is neat for any age. Short presentation takes only a few minutes. The fee is about 6.00 per person and it is worth it. Walk inside the globe(built in the 1930s) and hear about the building of it. Then whisper to each other. Cross the bridge inside and... More

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essex
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Quite literally. I was interested to find out more about Mary Eddy and Christian Science. We took the kids and it was only 16 dollars to get in. The guided tour takes you straight into the 1935 glass globe of the world. It is so interesting to see what the world looked like then and how much it has changed.... More

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

It is a short tour but so unique that I'm glad we did it. Kids loved to see how much the world has changed during the last 70 years. The acoustic effect is also very interesting. A must do in Boston.

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Oshawa, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Provided a different perspective of the world. Seeing it from the inside out was very interesting. I could have stayed much longer than the 20-30 minutes of the tour. There was so much to see and it was great to look at the locations of the various countries and continents from a new angle. Rather mesmerizing

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Phoenix, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

My wife and I visited the Mapparium on a Thursday afternoon in late February during our first trip to Boston. It was actually a surprise my wife planned for me, as she knows I am a fan of maps/globes. And although I am sure my pleasure with the place is associated with my particular interest in maps and globes, I... More

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My grandfather took me to visit the Mapparium in the 1960s and I have loved visiting it over the years. Today took my teenagers there for their first visit and for my first visit in decades. As other reviewers have noted, you can no longer stroll through the Mapparium on your own--you have to take an organized tour. The unique... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

The tour is cheap but it only lasts around 20min. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience though and as someone who loves to travel, I thought it put the world into great perspective.

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Shaftsbury, VT
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I love the Mapparium, but now it's a tour and they kick you out after 15 minutes. Sad because it used to be a great place to explore...

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San Mateo, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I always try to go here when I'm in Boston. It is hard to describe the effect of walking through a stained glass globe, but it really does put the world in perspective, so to speak. And it is stunning. Lately our favourite thing is looking for countries that don't exist anymore. This is simply a one of a kind... More

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