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The Mapparium

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Back Bay
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Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number:
+1 617-450-7000
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Awesome place to take the kids

Many people miss going to this awesome room. The visit won't take long - plan on about an hour and go visit the organ in the Church next door. We have always loved this place... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Many people miss going to this awesome room. The visit won't take long - plan on about an hour and go visit the organ in the Church next door. We have always loved this place since we were kids - and young and old will be in awe. You can get validated parking nearby and I think the tours start... More 

Thank worldsosweet
Greenbelt, Maryland
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74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is freakin' amazing! Yes, there is a charge and it is well worth it. A guided tour where you step inside a hallowed map of the earth, several stories tall, spherical in shape. What's amazing is that it is all glass. The maps are great for any geek, but the acoustics are for everyone. If you as much... More 

Thank HickoryRidge
New Jersey
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beware if you are not religious that this entire place reeks of Christianity, first of all. Very off-putting. The globe itself is cool but you can only go in on a tour with tons of other people and have to watch a boring video and weird show that takes awhile. Besides all the weirdness surrounding it, it was a cool... More 

Thank CelticCail
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my children ages 15 and 11 here and it is a short visit. We quickly got tickets at the front desk and then just caught the 3 pm "tour". The tour guide just talks a few minutes and then in you go to enter the glass globe. I enjoy looking at the globe and seeing from a different... More 

Thank Mary Jo M
Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I definitely think it's cool to see. You walk into a large glass room, you are literally walking into the middle of a larger than life-size globe. You are on a small, narrow bridge, in the middle of the globe and you can look around and see all the countries in the world prior to the break-up of the Soviet... More 

Thank Squared22
Melrose, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The mapparium is not well known amongst many Bostonians. This incredible map of the world is viewed from the INSIDE Via a bridge thru the center. The sphere is acuostically perfect, so watch what you say because a whisper can be clearly heard. This venue is great for all ages.

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New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Even after having lived in Boston for years and having visited dozens of times since moving away, never got to the Mapparium...finally did this month. The globe is beautiful, the visit short...and not really worth it: the staff are robotic, almost threatening ("The Mapparium is trademarked so there will be no photographs allowed") Whooppee - go see it for three... More 

1 Thank bucknikkid
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

The world, frozen in time....Indochina Siam, the Prussian empire......all captured in stunning stained glass. Proud to see my home town of Liverpool one of only a handful of U.K. Cities marked! A must see

1 Thank KJHlincs
Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Hi, My daughter(13yrs old) and I walked over to the Mapparium as we could see the library from our hotel. It wasn't what we expected at all but to be quite honest I do not know what we expected to begin with. I have fond memories of reading the Christian Science Monitor when I was just out of college in... More 

1 Thank FamilyHavingFun_Feb
Trumbull, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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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