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Reviewed 6 September 2016

For the small entrance charge this attraction is fantastic. One of the most unique rooms I have ever been in. Interesting story behind the whole establishment and the spherical globe. The sounds are creepy, you can whisper round the edge and hear it at the other end, alternatively speak in the centre and the noise rebounds back in to your ears! Shame you can't take a photo but we got a postcard and a fridge magnet to remember the place by.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank JDsale
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

This is inside a library and is by tour only, which I didn't realize. Check the website for tour times. But we only had to wait 15 minutes for the next tour to begin and meanwhile they had a video playing about the life of the woman the library is named for, Mary Baker Eddy. The Mapparium itself has you standing inside a globe of Earth. It is made up of hand painted panes of glass and they are lit up from behind. The tour guide talks for a few minutes and then puts on an audio recording that highlights various items on the globe and the lighting changes throughout the presentation. The colors are pretty. The audio was not memorable. It was neat to see countries that no longer exist still on the globe; it captures the time period when it was created. Then after the audio presentation, the guide lets you stay inside for 5 minutes to look around and discover the audio effects of being inside a dome. It creates sound effects, like you can whisper to someone on the other side of the room and your sound is carried around the globe and the other person can hear you. The entire tour is about 10-15 minutes, depending on how much time you choose to stick around after the formal presentation. It's neat to see if you're in the area. It's not a must see, but a cool experience. Photography is not allowed, but there are a number of pictures on their website to give you a feel of what it will be like.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Lauren E
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Reviewed 4 September 2016

You purchase the tour - it is not expensive, I think it was like $5.00. It is a very short tour. The down side is - no pictures. The upside - it is very cool. It is a 3 story stained glass globe with a walkway which leaves you in the middle of the globe. There is some cool sound things too - like when you whisper, it can be heard on the other side. I would suggest this tour, it is off the beaten track.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Lisa L
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

a little gem that is a must do. Best part was the whisper at the end...have to go to find out what I mean. You won't be disappointed!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank KarenHawkinson
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

I wouldn't necessarily make this the highlight of your trip. It was a bit pricey for the amount of time you get to actually spend in there. I love maps & enjoyed seeing the historical view of the world. I also enjoyed the architecture of it. After a brief explanation and a bit of time to explore it on your own, you're ushered out. I think we were in there a maximum of 20 minutes.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Aimee8268
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