Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium tickets
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.
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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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Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Mondays. May be closed major U.S. holidays.
200 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Take the T: Green Line E train to Symphony stop. Exit the station onto Massachusetts Avenue; the Library is on the same block as the station, just north of The Mother Church.
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