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The Mapparium

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Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number: +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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Quick, cool tour

The Mapparium itself is very cool- the stained glass is impressive and the acoustic effects are neat. The tour is short, cheap, and non-strenuous, so it's good for people of all... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Mapparium itself is very cool- the stained glass is impressive and the acoustic effects are neat. The tour is short, cheap, and non-strenuous, so it's good for people of all ages. The building it is housed is is also pretty neat, and has some articles and items pertaining to Christian Science. Check out the free tour of the Mother... More 

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Garden City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very enjoyable; See the globe of the world from a catwalk around the equator. NO it is not a scary catwalk

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Palm City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although a short tour well worth the visit. A walk in the middle of a globe, interesting acoustics, takes no more than 20 min.

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! It's really something you must do when in Boston. A 30 foot stained glass globe with its brilliant colours and lighting, and quotes from thinkers such as Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela is inspiring. There is a suggestion I would like to include here if I may , why wasn't a quote of Mahatma Gandhi included? The attraction... More 

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Olympia Fields, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Standing on the bridge looking at the map of the world is a very moving experience. The acoustics provide a fun opportunity to learn new things.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

unexpectedly fun : ) and lots of interesting information about the world and its rich history. well worth a visit

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Somerset West, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a one-of-a-kind structure and as such, it deserves a visit. The man who put this together really did well and the experience of bring surrounded by the continents and oceans is fascinating. I guess it's most interesting to older visitors who recognize the names of the countries as they were at the end of World War II -... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was really excited to see this and it was so worth it - amazing and worth the visit. It's only 20 mins but very cool!! :)

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fun 20 mins to see the world as it used to be. Some fun sound effects. Walkway through the globe. No photos allowed

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perhaps I was expecting rather more but I felt a little disappointed and underwhelmed. Yes, it was an interesting sight but after five minutes I was thinking - is that it? And it was.

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