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The Mapparium

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Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115-3012
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+1 617-450-7000
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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Discover one of Boston’s hidden cultural treasures: The Mapparium! This...

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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Short visit, educational attraction for people of all ages

Impressive 30 ft stained glass inside-out globe of the all countries of the world as they existed in the mid-1930's. You are guided onto a walkway at mid-level and can see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Shelburne, Vermont
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This attraction is worth a quick visit (and the $6 admission) if you happen to be in the area, but definitely not worth a long detour. The best aspects of the experience were the beauty of the room as a work of art, and the truly unique acoustical phenomena one experiences inside. Negatives include the brief, but corny, audio-visual program... More 

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Shelburne, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Impressive 30 ft stained glass inside-out globe of the all countries of the world as they existed in the mid-1930's. You are guided onto a walkway at mid-level and can see countries as they are highlighted in a variety of colors. Amazing acoustics to explore. Even more amazing is to try to understand how this display was constructed. Too bad... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visit was enjoyable, though it was too short. Very straight-forward stop, not much to explore. The acoustics are amazing and the experience was beautiful. Fun way to sneak in a bit of history. Played a game of who can recognize which countries and territories have been changed or added. Wish the tour was longer. Ended up exploring the rest of... More 

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This very cool glass map of the world is a very cool place to experience, especially for kids, young and old.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in and run by the Christian Science Monitor; this oddity is worth checking out if you're nearby. Keep in mind it closes by 4pm. Was excited to take a 360 degree panorama - hopes dashed when I saw the "No Photography" sign leading up to the exhibit. While you get a healthy dose of the Christian Scientist mantra checking... More 

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boson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Christian Science Church complex is an architectural marvel. The building which houses the mapparium, is beautifully done and deserves to be seen. The Mapparium reminds us how the the geography of the world has changed so dramatically.. The real jewels of the complex are of course the original smaller church behind the cathedral with its memorable stained glass windows... More 

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Prairieville, LA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This only takes 30 minutes to visit, but worth a stop. It's really neat to step inside the big globe and see all the lights and experiment with the sounds.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was SUPER COOL, although the visit to the Mapparium takes only about 20 mins. it is so cool. The acoustics, the beauty of the inside globe as well as learning more about the history of 1932 and how the world looked then, absolutely cool and interesting.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction was ubexpectedly pleasant. The admission fee is only $6 and the Church next door is beautiful. Its very cool to see the globe as it was many years ago.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mapparium is certainly one of the most unusual attractions I've ever visited. If nothing else, you have to admire the artwork and the time spent in creating this globe in such vivid colours and detail. A step back to how the world looked in the 1930s, it's quite right that the Mapparium isn't reegualrly updated in line with boundary... More 

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