Mary Baker Eddy founded the Christian Science religion, a belief in the power of prayer, knowledge, understanding, and God. She went on to teach 800 followers at her Massachusetts Metaphysical College in Boston, and founded the Christian Science Monitor, a daily newspaper that is still in circulation today.
You don't have to believe in Christian Science to enjoy the wonder and whimsy of the Mary Baker Eddy Library. The building is a tribute to Eddy's many contributions to religion and science, but is often literally overshadowed by the grandeur of the Christian Science building next door. In this way, like a hidden treasure, its most striking features are saved for those willing to take the time to step in and find them. Aside from its lending and reference services, the library also houses The Hall of Ideas, which features a circular fountain with swirling quotations projected from beneath a glass surface. The Quest Gallery, located on the second floor, lends a glimpse into the extraordinary accomplishments of Eddy in greater detail, from her personal life, to experiments, documents, and photographs, featuring several hands-on media activities for children and adults.
The greatest draw to this library is the world-famous glass globe, named the "Mapparium." This exhibit includes a brief sound and light show while you stand on a bridge, suspended inside a three-story glass dome. Aside from the fantastic stained-glass effects of the countries painted on the globe's surface, this area also demonstrates stunning acoustics, making even a whispered idea important enough to be heard by every ear.
- Tuesday through Sunday: 10am to 4pm, Closed Monday
- Last Mapparium show begins at 4pm
- Closed most holidays
- (For exhibits only. Lending services, research room, café and shop are open to the public.)
- General Admission: $6
- Children under 6 and Friends of the Library: Free
- Groups of 15+: $3-$4 each
- Metro Stop:
- Take Green Line (E train) to Symphony station
- Location: 200 Massachusetts Ave. Boston, MA
- Phone: 888-222-3711
- Website: www.marybakereddylibrary.org