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Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity

  • 200 Massachusetts Ave. Map It
  • Back Bay
  • Library/Archive

Published 07/13/2016

Fodor's Review

One of the largest single collections by and about an American woman is housed at this library, located on the Christian Science Plaza. The library also includes two floors of exhibits, which celebrate the power of ideas and provide context to the life and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910).

The library is also home to the fascinating Mapparium, a huge stained-glass globe whose 30-foot interior can be traversed on a footbridge, where you can experience a unique sound-and-light show while viewing an accurate representation of the world from 1935. The Hall of Ideas showcases quotes from the world's greatest thinkers, which travel around the room and through a virtual fountain. In the Quest Gallery, explore how Mary Baker Eddy founded a church and a college, and at the age of 87, launched The Christian Science Monitor newspaper.

Sight Information


200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Hall of Ideas and 3rd-fl. library free, exhibits $6
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–4

Published 07/13/2016


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