Explore the life, ideas, and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), a nineteenth-century woman who overcame adversity to write a groundbreaking book on religion, health, and spirituality—a practice that ultimately came to be known as Christian Science—and become one of the most influential women of her day at the Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium.
Walk across a bridge through the 3-story stained glass Mapparium globe, a 3D global map of the world enhanced by its featured exhibit, A World of Ideas, complete with special effects like narration, music, and LED lights that illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography has impacted history and our world. You’ll get a whole new perspective of Earth’s geography as you see it from a concave, mirror-imaged view—opposite from what you’re used to seeing on a spinning globe.
Further explore the Mapparium in the Library’s exhibit, The Mapparium: An Inside View, featuring letters, documents, and artifacts never before released to the public. You’ll learn all about the construction, history, and significance of the Mapparium, an architectural and artistic feat of engineering.
Be sure to check out the historic Publishing House Lobby (formerly the Hall of Ideas), a neoclassical hall built in 1934 that once housed printing and bindery equipment to produce The Christian Science Monitor and other periodicals.