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Mary Baker Eddy Library / Mapparium

Delve into the extraordinary life of Mary Baker Eddy, view a rare 1611 edition of the King James Bible, and walk into the center of the world at the Mapparium. This world-famous, three-story, painted-glass globe is one of the Library's key attractions.

Since 1935, more than 10 million people have crossed the 30-foot glass bridge that spans the three-story, painted-glass globe-shaped Mapparium adjacent to the Mary Baker Eddy Library. This unique structure, situated in the downtown Bay Village neighborhood, is just a stone’s throw from the Prudential Center, and is one of Boston’s most recognizable buildings and visited tourist attractions. Visit this truly enlightening landmark and learn about the extraordinary life and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy, an entrepreneurial publisher, teacher, businesswoman and religious leader who contributed much to modern American society. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see at the Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium:

  • The Hall of Ideas: a massive ballroom in which you’ll read quotes from history’s greatest figures as they bubble up from a centrally-located fountain and illuminate the walls in an impressive and elegant display of light and subtle technology.
  • Quest Gallery: Learn about the medical, cultural, and religious history of 19th-century America and get to know the story of Mary Baker Eddy herself. An array of interactive exhibits and historic artifacts reveal the events and ideas behind her rise to prominence and examine the path that led her to found the Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor at the age of 87.
  • Finding Peace: An interactive and participatory exhibit that allows you, armed with a magnifying glass, to find “peace” in printed quotations from Eddy and other great thinkers, along with the “characteristics of a peacemaker”, which are stated as “kindness, reflection, forgiveness, and understanding”.
  • Mapparium: Perhaps the tour-de-force of this institution, the Mapparium is a world-famous, large-scale, painted glass globe that shows the nations of the world illuminated with colored lights and enhanced by a rich orchestration of words to show how ideas have traversed time and geography to ultimately change and shape the world. The Mapparium was built in 1935, and thanks to its 30-foot glass bridge, visitors can stand “in the middle of the world”- a truly inspirational experience!
  • Visitors can dine in the “Quotes” Café for breakfast, lunch and snacks, complete with daily specials and a hot buffet. The Shop at the Mary Baker Eddy Library offers an array of unique informative and historical items related to your visit and to the works housed within this institution.

    At a time when women could not vote and were generally barred from the ministry and the medical profession, Mary Baker Eddy became one of the most successful and influential women of her time through her refusal to conform and through her desire to share ideas about life, health, and philosophy. This beautiful museum will inspire and enlighten you, while simultaneously putting you at peace with its harmonious architecture and serene atmosphere.

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    5
    Unique Experience
    By Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Florida on
    Pros:
    Cheap Parking, Unique, Short Stop
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Smart Destinations Mary Baker Eddy Library / Mapparium:

    It only takes about 30 minutes to see Mapparium and it was worth it! A very unique experience. We didn't have time to see the library. If you're taking a Duck Tour, they leave from Prudential Center, right across the street. There is free, 2 hour parking or a parking garage that charges $7.

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    4
    very interesting
    By lulu from solon, ohio on
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Smart Destinations Mary Baker Eddy Library / Mapparium:

    The rest of library not very interesting.

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    4
    Mapparium
    By boston bound from Washington DC on
    Pros:
    If you are
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Smart Destinations Mary Baker Eddy Library / Mapparium:

    If you are in the area this is a very interesting exhibit of what the world looked like in the 1930's. You are inside the globe and the skill it took to make this is amazing. Four adults and one teenager thought it was very cool. I am bringing back my other teenager in October.

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    4
    The Mapparium is worth checking out.
    By Rob0NY Verified Reviewer from Boston on
    Pros:
    Very cool
    Cons:
    Not for little kids
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Smart Destinations Mary Baker Eddy Library / Mapparium:

    The Mapparium was extremely cool. You walk out onto a catwalk that runs through the center of a stained glass globe (so the world appears around you, with the North Pole above and the South Pole below) with the map of the world as it was just before WWII. Apparently plans to update it kept being derailed by the rapid pace of change in the world's boundaries. Anyway, definitely worth seeing. Very young children will probably be bored, so might steer clear if you have them in tow.

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    Mary Baker Eddy Library / Mapparium details

    Phone: 617-450-7000
    Address
    200 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 2115
    Hours
    Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
    Closings
    Mondays. May be closed major U.S. holidays.
    • Open year-round
    • Good for families
    • Parking available
    • Restaurant or snack bar
    • Restrooms
    • Disabled access
    • Reservations not required

    Directions and transportation

    Address
    200 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 2115
    Public Transportation
    Take the T: Green Line E train to Symphony stop. Exit the station ontoMassachusetts Avenue; the Library is on the same block as the station, justnorth of The Mother Church.

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    Getting In

    Upon arrival to the Library / Mapparium (200 Massachusetts Avenue), present your pass at the ticket desk for entry. Get in and enjoy!

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