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“An inside view of the world”
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The Mapparium
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

I had never heard of the Mapparium until I was in Boston and a friend read about it. We checked it out and found it so amazing. It is a globe of the world and is made up of glass bricks. The original idea was to constantly update the countries but they soon realised that with the way borders etc change this would be too time consuming and costly and so it is as it was in the 1930's. you walk into the inside of the globe onto a glass walkway so that you can see the whole world and then you listen to an audio. If you stand at one end of the walkway and whisper, the person at the other end can hear it clearly. When we look at a globe from the outside we can only see part of the world at one time but by being in the interior you can see the whole thing - amazing.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I've been here numerous times over the years. If a guest is in from out of town, this is a must see. Lots of people don't know about it. It's in the Christian Science Center in the Back Bay of Boston. It's unique. You walk on a little bridge across the middle of this huge glass orb. You're inside the world looking out at the countries as they existed when the Mapparium was constructed back in the 1930s. In the past 10 or so years they have created a wonderful area outside the Mapparium. I think it's to honor Mary Baker Eddy. It has a lazar show of quotes from people of all religious traditions that swirl around a fountain and up a side wall. It's hard to explain. Just go and experience it. There's a nice little lunch cafe right next to this in the building.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We just returned from our trip to Boston. The Mapparium was one of our favorite visits. The building is beautiful and the tour is short, but well worth your time. It is breath-taking and one-of-a-kind. Don't miss this unique experience.

Thank Maureen M
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The mapparium was a must see for MIT frosh, perhaps it still is. The glass sphere has unusual acoustics, rather like a whispering chamber. And of course being inside an old map is interesting too.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

The world before World War II - in stained glass. A walkway through the globe gives the family a surprising inspired view of the earth. Educational, enjoyable and unique.

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