The Mapparium
The Mapparium
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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"How Do You See the World" is a montage of photos—a global portrait of faces from the pages of The Christian Science Monitor. It welcomes you to a new experience at the Christian Science Plaza. offering stories and experiences that explore progress and possibilities throughout the world as you consider your own place in it. Three different exhibits connect you to positive change flowing out of the inspired actions of everyday people in countries and cultures globally, including Boston’s iconic Mapparium™ experience. The three-story Mapparium globe shows the world at one moment in time—1935. A short narration lets you consider the world before World War II from an entirely different perspective—from the inside of the world looking out.
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Neighborhood: Symphony
How to get there
  • Symphony • 4 min walk
  • Hynes Convention Center • 5 min walk
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Jordan
Hemel Hempstead, UK125 contributions
We wasn't too sure what to expect before entering, but once we got inside the entire tour group went speechless for a moment.

The glass panes refract the light so finely it almost feels like you are inside a rainbow.

It is also interesting to look at how the world was viewed when it was created decades ago.

The 'Seeds of Hope' wall was also a nice touch on the way out, where you could write something to be grateful for or something along those lines.

No photos allowed inside due to a copyrighting issue.
Written August 2, 2022
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LynnP
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Being inside this glass created globe was awe-inspiring. There was a narration about how the creator brought about the design and constructed it. We were on a glass walkway in the middle of the globe, about the equator level. The narrator described how country boundaries have changed and pointed out the environmental changes. No photographs are permitted. I highly recommend this activity. You need to obtain a ticket and go at an assigned time. The rest of the Eddy Museum is very interesting as well and very well designed.
Written August 5, 2022
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GoalieMarty
Ottawa, Canada199 contributions
You walk inside a map of our planet as it was in the mid 1930's. The glass panels are wonderful and the acoustic is simply amazing. Make sure you experience the sound of your voice in full surround sound when you stand right in the middle of the sphere. The guided tour was very informative and runs every 20 minutes. I just wish we would have been allowed to take pictures. Our guide said that if we wanted to spend more time inside the sphere, we were welcome to join one of the next groups and do the tour again at no additional cost. This was a very unique experience and unlike anything we have done before. Very happy to have done it.
Written January 2, 2020
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pinkyvw
houston125 contributions
Family
Guide was lovely, but the stained glass globe could be fully viewed and appreciated in about 3-5 minutes (at most). The “light show” not really anything but some sections being illuminated for a few seconds and “talk” were a lot longer than necessary, we felt a bit captive in that room . If I had no own, I wouldn’t have made the trip to see this
Written April 21, 2022
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alex97moore
Sydney, Australia39 contributions
Solo
For those who haven’t been the mapparium is a large globe of the world as it was in 1935 that you walk into. As the globe shows the world in 1935 it is very cool to see the different countries, borders etc in our world ..

Highly recommend this attraction, particularly as its very affordably priced when compared to say the Boston Fine Arts Museum.

Only negative is you can’t take photos or video.
Written January 11, 2020
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Eleanor E
Atlanta, GA8 contributions
Family
The giant globe structure is fascinating, even though the countries date from the building’s inception in the 1930s. We were led across a glass walkway that stretches across the inside middle of the three-story stained glass globe. We looked up at the North Pole and down to the South, and turned around to see everything in between. My eight-year-old granddaughter and I were intrigued. (She loves geography.) The only negative was that we were hurried a bit. We would have loved to have lingered and discussed the changes in countries’ names. An aside: the ladies room was the most beautiful of any public restroom I’ve ever seen (see photo) and the entire building is quite grand and impressive. It’s not Disneyland, but for us it was fascinating and fun. And there was no religious proselytising.
Written September 1, 2022
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Rahaal
Tampa, FL302 contributions
Though the main attraction of the Mapparium is the walk through the the interior of the great glass globe, the building containing the globe is also worth exploring. It is full of Art Deco styled adornments within its classical atrium, one can easily spend time there waiting for the tour to begin.

The Mapparium can only be explored as part of a tour, and photography is not allowed, but it is well worth doing the tour. Inside the globe one will see the countries of the world as they were known in the 1930's painted on glass panes which surround you in a 360 degree panorama.
This unique structure also works like a whispering gallery, so one can hear and speak with others at the opposite in end despite speaking softly.

This is a fantastic place to visit, I will not hesitate to explore it again when I return to Boston
Written December 25, 2020
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Martin
Bridgeport, CT7 contributions
The entire place was immaculate, very well coordinated and admission very reasonable ($5 for Seniors). You walk inside a huge stained glass globe of the Earth as it was in 1935. So, you are seeing the countries and continents from inside out, and it gives a unique perspective. Africa is huge, as are Russia and China. Europe is relatively small. Nice experience. After this, we walked over to the shops on Newberry Street
Written November 20, 2021
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Samantha H
Ypsilanti, MI21 contributions
Family
This is a one of a kind experience! The inside of the global has an amazing noise quality. You can whisper from one end of the room and sound like you are standing next to the person. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable in the history of the location.
Written January 11, 2020
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT1,777 contributions
Solo
This exhibit is truly a teachable moment. Located in The Mary Eddy Library, it was fascinating to see the countries of the world in a three dimensional perspective. Where could you ever have the opportunity to be at the center of the world ?!

Be aware that you are in a whispering gallery as glass doesn't absorb sound. If you are at the edge of the exhibit, you can whisper softly and someone else on the other side can hear you. Since this exhibit was based on a 1935 Rand McNally map, country and border names have changed since then....Persia to Iran, Siam to Thailand, French Indochina to Vietnam and so on.
Written November 1, 2020
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The Mapparium is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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