Historical Attractions

The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium Boston

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The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium
200 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
02115
Tel: 888 222 3711

Directions

Housed in one of a half-dozen buildings on the Christian Science Plaza in Boston’s historic Back Bay, the Library is approximately one block north of Symphony Hall, one block south of Berklee Performance Center, and two to three blocks west of the Prudential Center. The Library is easily accessible by car, bus, and subway (Hynes, Symphony, Prudential, and Mass Ave), with detailed information available on the Web site. On site parking is available for $7/day.

Where are we going today?

Welcome to a Library that does far more than lend books. The Mary Baker Eddy Library was created to give access, context and floorspace to an enormous collection of material relating to Mary Baker Eddy, a nineteenth-century American author, teacher, and religious leader who founded the Church of Christ, Scientist and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor, amongst other achievements. So in addition to the artistic and architectural achievement that is the Mapparium, the Library maintains an active lending and reference department, researchers to help you navigate the archives, and offers two galleries as well as rotating exhibitions about Mary Baker Eddy, spirituality, and the power of ideas. With projection art by David Small and a gorgeous fountain of Howard Ben Tre’s occupying a vast neo-classical hall original to the 1935 construction, the Mary Baker Eddy Library is well worth a visit.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$6
  • Children$6
  • Free Under: 6 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Teachers corner

Information available on discounted group rates, reservations, and our "For Educators" information pack which offers a variety of lesson plans and hand-outs so your classes can make the most of their visit..

I'm Hungry!

"Quotes" cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and snacks, including daily specials. From fresh-baked muffins to salads, flat-bread pizzas, and panini sandwiches, the cafe is open 8am until 3pm..

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    I visited just for the Mapparium, a three-story globe showing the world from 1935. The acoustics are amazing (you can whisper from one side and it's heard as a shout on the other side), the light and sound presentation is interesting and it's just stunning to be inside the globe. Do show up on the 20 minute mark of each hour as that's when tours run and they really aren't any longer than 15 minutes. The gift shop is really cute and reasonably priced.

    Note: Photography isn't allowed in the Mapparium and they're serious about it, unfortunately. What...Read More

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    A good destination for a couple hours in the afternoon. The Mapparium is clearly the highlight of the experience, followed by the Hall of Ideas, and lastly by the upstairs exhibits. The one-room tour through the Mapparium only lasts a few minutes, but is still impressive.

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    The Hall of Ideas has a lovely fountain, with projections of poignant quotes on several walls. Next, take the 20-minute tour of the Mapparium -- a world-famous, three-story, painted-glass globe from 1935 -- the impressive presentation illustrates how ideas have traversed time/geography. Acoustics inside of the Globe give a perception of full surround-sound; whispering across one side of the bridge to a friend on the other would be heard near-perfectly. Finish the visit in the Quest Gallery upstairs.

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    terrible. especially that they preach to you. sounds more like a cult, not a Christian church.

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by Traci Cappiello

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I visited just for the Mapparium, a three-story globe showing the world from 1935. The acoustics are amazing (you can whisper from one side and it's heard as a shout on the other side), the light and sound presentation is interesting and it's just stunning to be inside the globe. Do show up on the 20 minute mark of each hour as that's when tours run and they really aren't any longer than 15 minutes. The gift shop is really cute and reasonably priced.

Note: Photography isn't allowed in the Mapparium and they're serious about it, unfortunately. What I wouldn't do for a photo in there!

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