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The Mapparium

200 Massachusetts Avenue, 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 Avenue, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115-3012
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+1 617-450-7000
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well, I guess it's nice enough, but mostly I worried that religious people would try to recruit me to their strange sect. The map was fine, but you just go in for ten minutes and that's it - pretty much.

1  Thank Anja98ac
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The place is interesting, both in terms of the special historical map and the unique acoustics of the room. However, 6 dollars is a bit steep for what is essentially a 10 minute visit. Photography of any kind is not allowed for some reason.

1  Thank Yirgacheffe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is probably the only place in the world where you can see the world from the inside out. It was built in 1939 so the world looks somewhat different today. Nonetheless the experience is stunning. You walk on a catwalk through the exact middle...More

1  Thank DebiSu Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a three story glass globe of the Earth, finished in 1935, inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library. It is a paid tour, $6 per person I think. It really is an amazing piece of art. It is a thirty foot diameter glass globe...More

1  Thank ilobbyms
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff here. Interesting and beautiful place! It is really amazing about the acoustics! Fun to see the way the globe has changed since this map was completed. Quick little tour and included on the Go City Card.

1  Thank volsgirl5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just loved seeing the Mapparium today. I had no idea what to expect, but I was overwhelmed by it, just amazing! I had just gotten off of a cruise that stopped in Iceland, Greenland and Canada and to see these places on this amazing...More

2  Thank AmericanSue1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Mapparium is a huge glass world globe with countries in brilliant colors, as of 1935, so it is wildly out of date. You walk across a glass bridge and stand inside a pre WWII world. It is both beautiful and interesting if you view...More

1  Thank DEngelJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's really nothing else like this that I've ever seen. I would definitely recommend making your way over there if you have the time. I'd say you only need to give yourself 20 minutes or so, unless you plan to see the chapel which we...More

Thank MRose67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The map room is ok, it is acoustically interesting. Remember that your $6 entrance fee goes towards promoting a religion that doesn't believe in medicine. In 1988 12-year-old Ashley King died in Phoenix, Arizona, after living for months with a tumor on her leg that...More

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MBELibrary-Boston, Manager at The Mapparium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We strive to be a healing church. We can't pretend to be a perfect church. Every life is sacred and irreplaceable, and those of us who remember this searing tragedy in Arizona three decades ago still feel seared by it. As Christian Scientists, as parents,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Mapparium is certainly something very different and takes stained glass to a whole new and very interesting level. We enjoyed our visit here very much and are glad we found it. A visit really doesn't take up too much time and The Mapparium is...More

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4 June 2016|
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$6 for adults $4 for youth, students, and seniors Free for kids 5 and younger