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Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number: 16174507000
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: 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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This is a walk-through globe that was recommended by a Boston local. It's really a work of art, with some interesting acoustic features as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is a walk-through globe that was recommended by a Boston local. It's really a work of art, with some interesting acoustic features as well.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great attraction for a minimal fee! The actual room where the mapparium is, is absolutely amazing. It will be like nothing you have ever seen! His attraction will open your eyes to the diversity of the world, yet the similarities we all share, as one world!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The presentation was very well done. It's only 20-25 minutes long, but worth it if you're near the Prudential building. When the program ended, the tour guide gave us time to talk/whisper inside the dome. The kids loved it when we whispered across the bridge to each other and the whispers were clearly heard. We also had the Go Boston... More 

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indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very nice location inside a beautiful and comfortable library. We enjoyed to acoustics of map and the face it hasn't been updated to current countries. It was built in 1935 and that is the same one you see today. Great activity to get out of heat

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Benton, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The most beautiful world globe I have ever experienced. You literally walk through the center of the earth on a lucite bridge. This appeals to every age group. The tour was 15 minutes. Constructed in 1935, it's interesting to see the countries that no longer exist. A must to see.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Im surprised to see this so far down the list. The maps are from 1938 or so, so the world looked a lot different then, and its like its own museum in that way. The tour is $6 and worth it! The acoustics are fun, seeing the world this way is a great idea and was by the architect not... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Beautiful! astounding acoustics. Very interesting how the world has changed since the Mapparium was made. The waiting area had a fountain and it scrolled word on the floor to the wall.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I stopped in with my wife and two teenage boys. The fee pays for entrance into the museum and the mapparium. The museum was very dry and not interesting at all for our family. The Mapparium was definitely a very cool experience. You get a short presentation by a Docent, then about a 5 minute pre-recorded presentation that highlights (literally)... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

The beauty and acoustics of this exhibit are incredible! The tour last about 15 minutes - you walk on a bridge that cuts through the middle of a colorful glass globe as the world was seen in 1935. It is 3 stories tall. You can have one person on each end whisper to each other - too bad you can't... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

An interesting stop, but not too exciting for my husband and myself. We had the Go Boston Pass and the Mapparium was included. I'm not sure if we would have gone otherwise. We visited on a Thursday afternoon in June. We arrived at the library and bought tickets for the next tour. The guide was informative. There were only 5... More 

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Additional Information about The Mapparium

Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number: 16174507000
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6 - 6

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