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The Mapparium

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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...more
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200 Massachusetts Ave, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115-3012
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best thing about Boston is that no matter how often we visit, we always seem to find something new. On this visit, we discovered the Mapparium. About midway between the Fine Art museum and the Prudential building, the Mapparium is not out-of-the way by...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled upon this gem and go glad we did. Located as an exhibit inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library. An amazing exhibit 3 stories in height, a glass globe seen from the inside via a suspended bridge. Our guide, Joan told the history of Mary...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

This is located in the original building that housed the Christian Science Publications. The globe is a 3 story, stained glass reproduction of the map in 1935. You walk in on a glass bridge so you are inside the globe and get an interesting perspective...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank HRHmum
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Interesting exhibit with a walk through 31 foot diameter globe. Map of the world from 1935, so many changes since then.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JDSTubb
Reviewed January 14, 2019

Well, worth the short wait to see the Mapparium! We did this as a family and it is still one of our favorite things we did in Boston. At the end of the short presentation in the Mapparium you have a couple minutes to just...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Z3236NAsarahp
Reviewed January 8, 2019

im glad i did not miss this place...so amazing place...the craftmanship is amazing. I will be back with all my kids to visit again.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 25, 2018

Visited here in December and it the Mapparium was on places to visit....it was very interesting to see and I would recommend it.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 18, 2018

This stop wasn't on my list of places to visit, however, my friends wanted to visit because they had heard something interesting about the Mapparium--it's in the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Definitely worth the time and small admission fee! You stand inside a map of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

It’s a big globe, not much more. Difficult to see the two poles. Guided tour required and that is all of about 15 minutes. You are then are allowed about five minutes more to look at the map and experience the echogenic acoustics but then...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hammbrook
TeddyC373, Guest Relations Manager at The Mapparium, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2018

Thank you for your visit. We are grateful for your feedback. Just to clarify, we do allow new visitors to enter the Mapparium every 20 minutes, but this does not mean the visitors from the previous tour cannot spend more time there. Every admission to...More

Reviewed December 11, 2018

This was such an interesting and different experience than I think we were expecting! It was pretty cool and worth the stop in to check it out!

Date of experience: November 2018
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