Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium

 
Visit an amazing world and discover an extraordinary life, in the heart of Boston’s Fenway Cultural District! Our unique historical institution is one of the city’s hidden treasures.
 
We cater to educational groups, youth camps, field trips, and afterschool programs—everyone has the opportunity to discover more about the world and their place in it. 
 
The Mapparium: Walk into our world-famous, three-story, stained-glass globe and see a map frozen in time. Our general tour features an orchestration of words, music, and LED lights that illustrates how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world. Request an educational tour and customize your visit with our Educational Programs Coordinator. State of the art technology allows us to highlight specific countries, continents, geographical features, and geopolitical boundaries within the globe. Complementary workshops are also available for schools, class field trips, and afterschool programs.
 
The Publishing House Lobby: Request a "full guided tour" to learn about the neoclassical architecture of our building, which opened in 1934, during the Great Depression. Hear about the unique materials that were internationally sourced and learn how the architect achieved a grand design that celebrates our common heritage.
 
Contact Info
Address: 200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Suffolk County.
Phone: 617-450-7330
Hrs: Tues.-Sun. 10AM-4PM.
 
SCHOOL/HOMESCHOOL
Take a 20-minute guided tour of the Mapparium®—a three-story, stained-glass globe. Tours are age-specific and include a light and sound presentation. Choose additional pre- or post-activities to enhance and extend the visit. Our educational programming introduces students to Mary Baker Eddy’s story, at the same time offering a platform for instruction in other disciplines that include history, geography, art, journalism, and literature. 
 
The Library staff is dedicated to providing meaningful experiences that enhance visual literacy and critical thinking skills, individual and group discovery, and peer learning. Our Visitor Services and Education teams are trained to lead tailored field trips, facilitating tours, storytimes, and other engaging activities throughout the Library’s spaces. Learn about field trip options.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 617-450-7330.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Language Arts/English, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: History, geography, art, journalism, and literature
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-College.
Group Size: Min. 15 (for discounted rate), max. 25 per activity.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 30 minutes-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Online.
Cost: Fee. 
Title I or Financial Support: Title I schools are free.
 
 
SCOUTS
Guided tours are available of the Mapparium and the Publishing House Lobby. Scouts can learn about the history and architecture of the Library. Groups interested in a more hands-on field trip can add pre- and post-visit activities to their visit such as story time, crafts, and more. Learn about group tours and options.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 617-450-7330.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: History, geography, art, journalism, and literature
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-College.
Group Size: Min. 15 (for discounted rate), max. 25 per activity.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 30 minutes-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Online.
Cost: Fee.

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