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The Mapparium

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200 Massachusetts Ave, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115-3012
+1 617-450-7000
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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 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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200 Massachusetts Ave, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115-3012
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"christian science"
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"stained glass globe"
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"the mary baker eddy library"
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"unique attraction"
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"no photography"
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"world map"
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"sound effects"
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"mother church"
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"three story"
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"huge glass"
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"giant globe"
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"no photos allowed"
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"whispering gallery"
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"short presentation"
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"short visit"
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

My wife looks vest maps, saw a groupon for a visit here so I bought it. She seemed to enjoy it, but it was smaller than appears in picture and you just stand in one spot. Was hoping to be able to move around more...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Quick but worthy to experience (20 minutes tour) during school break and avail the free admission for kids. They also had other activities for younger kids.

Thank Tonette J
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Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

If you have 4USD and 15 minutes to spare, stop by and see this! You get to go into it to see this great art work and hear the incredible acoustics, stand in the centre of the walkway and say something! You can also do...More

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Reviewed February 17, 2018

How often do you have the opportunity to walk inside a stained glass globe? See how the world has changed since 1935... countries on the map which no longer exist. Such a unique experience, I bring all of our out-of-town visitors here, so have been...More

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Reviewed February 5, 2018

The Mapparium is inside the Mary Baker Eddy library. There is a nominal fee to enter and tours go every 15 mins. A guide gives you a brief history of the Christian Science movement and Baker Eddy's life and work, then you enter the Mapparium....More

Thank Katie B
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Reviewed February 5, 2018

I have been wanting to see this for sometime. It did not disappoint. This can be found on the Christian Science building in the Research library. We went on a Saturday and the wait to join a tour was minimal. Interesting for history buffs and...More

1  Thank anni21
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Reviewed January 21, 2018

We found out about this place in the book Atlas Obscura. We were doing a quick day trip on our way back to New Jersey via Canada and Maine. There is a small fee and it is inside a religious organization's space - but there...More

1  Thank sylq
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

I was in Boston one week ago and two of my sons and I went to visit the Mapparium which we all found fascinating and well worth the admissions fee. It is reasonably priced and the guide was excellent. More than anything it is a...More

3  Thank sicuani
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

It's fascinating to see the Mapparium and learn how the stained glass map was constructed. Also, it gives a sense of who owned which parts of the world back in the day. It's so interesting to see how the world has changed. Whilst the tour...More

1  Thank JellyBean22
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Reviewed December 30, 2017

I didn't realise that we would have to wait and have a 'guided tour' but given the small size of the mapparium I can see why they do it that way. We were hustled through in about 15 minutes flat. Although the entrance fee wasn't...More

1  Thank adfhbstrgf
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