The Mapparium

The Mapparium, Boston: Hours, Address, The Mapparium Reviews: 4.5/5

The Mapparium
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Monuments & Statues
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Discover one of Boston’s hidden cultural treasures: The Mapparium! This world-famous, three-story immersive globe is one of the key attractions at the Christian Science Plaza and has been visited by more than 10 million people since it was constructed in 1935. While the map remains frozen in time, an LED-light and sound show invites visitors to contemplate how ideas continue to shape and re-shape our world.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Symphony
How to get there
  • Symphony • 4 min walk
  • Hynes Convention Center • 5 min walk
Popular mentions

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Carol M
East Chicago, IN36 contributions
Glass globe
Sep 2021
A Christian Science experience. The globe was Amazing and they did a short show that highlighted different parts of the globe. Staff were very welcoming and friendly. It was a very unique experience and well worth the trip.
Written 8 September 2021
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Hope F
Howell, NJ39 contributions
Wow!
Aug 2021
This was a really cool experience! The staff is great--they are super friendly and very welcoming. There is a nice exhibit to see after your visit to the Map as well. It is definitely worth your time!
Written 18 August 2021
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janice g
3 contributions
not open
Jun 2021
nowhere on web site nowhere on any notice other then sign in window after a long and hot walk does it mention that its not open
Written 1 July 2021
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Trek823681
Boston, MA12 contributions
unusual site worth visiting
Jun 2021
Interesting map of the world/glass globe that is worth visiting simply because it is different. The acoustics in the room are also kinda cool. It's not a huge presentation with lots of bells and whistles and really won't take up much time in your day but worth a peek. The Christian Science Plaza is an interesting example of I.M Pei architecture. It's worth learning about Mary Baker Eddy: not many women have founded a church!
Written 14 June 2021
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Rahaal
Tampa, FL302 contributions
Around the world in an hour
Dec 2020
Though the main attraction of the Mapparium is the walk through the the interior of the great glass globe, the building containing the globe is also worth exploring. It is full of Art Deco styled adornments within its classical atrium, one can easily spend time there waiting for the tour to begin.

The Mapparium can only be explored as part of a tour, and photography is not allowed, but it is well worth doing the tour. Inside the globe one will see the countries of the world as they were known in the 1930's painted on glass panes which surround you in a 360 degree panorama.
This unique structure also works like a whispering gallery, so one can hear and speak with others at the opposite in end despite speaking softly.

This is a fantastic place to visit, I will not hesitate to explore it again when I return to Boston
Written 25 December 2020
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT1,586 contributions
Fascinating attraction
Feb 2020 • Solo
This exhibit is truly a teachable moment. Located in The Mary Eddy Library, it was fascinating to see the countries of the world in a three dimensional perspective. Where could you ever have the opportunity to be at the center of the world ?!

Be aware that you are in a whispering gallery as glass doesn't absorb sound. If you are at the edge of the exhibit, you can whisper softly and someone else on the other side can hear you. Since this exhibit was based on a 1935 Rand McNally map, country and border names have changed since then....Persia to Iran, Siam to Thailand, French Indochina to Vietnam and so on.
Written 1 November 2020
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Ami P
Gastonia, NC11 contributions
Walking through a globe
Oct 2019
I was in town for a conference last summer and a friend told me about the Mapparium. It is such an amazing experience to feel like you are walking through a globe and you can see a map of the world at once. A quick trip but well worth it!
Written 9 September 2020
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Nije C
Rushden, United Kingdom43 contributions
Boston visit
Mar 2020
Amazing visit great aspect of the world as it was and who owned what
Very educational well worth the entry fee
Great guide would do it again lots to see and hear
Written 11 April 2020
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mariellenserena
6 contributions
We took this quick tour of the Mapparium
Nov 2019
We took this quick tour of the Mapparium. If you have time to fit it in your schedule, I highly recommend. It doesn't take long and is $6 per person. Unfortunately you can't take photos inside. It's pretty cool though once inside. It's really just like standing inside the middle of a globe. Pretty cool!
Written 9 March 2020
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Leo E
Mexico City, Mexico401 contributions
Earth view!
Apr 2019
This is a small attraction in Boston that you can enjoy during 15 minutes, there are some nice curiosities created during their constrution as the acoustic sounds.
You must visit this place!!
Written 1 March 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Mapparium

The Mapparium is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00


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