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Mapparium

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

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Wed 10a
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“world-famous stained-glass globe!”

This world-famous, three-story, stained-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Library. The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.

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Reviewed by
ashbo22

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 4.0

An amazing site to see! Watching the light show is great and it's fun to play with the acoustics. I used my student discount but I don't think it should cost money to see because it is only the globe and not a larger exhibit.

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Reviewed by
minso24

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September 27, 2016
Rated 2.0

You have to pay to enter and they don't allow photography. What a bummer.

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Reviewed by
StaciTempleOtto

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 26, 2016
Rated 2.0

The library building is lovely and the mapparium is interesting to look at but it is a very short and limited tour. The whole presentation was maybe 15 minutes. I was under the impression that there was a discussion of thoughts and movements that spread across the globe, but really just a few quotes were shared and that is it. For someone who has never experienced a whisper chamber, that might be a reason to go.

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Reviewed by
Stephanie

  • 11 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 11, 2015
Rated 5.0

This is sooooo Amazing, one of my favorite things in Boston. It was not free, it was 6 dollars, but well worth it. You walk inside a giant stained glass globe onto a plexi-glass bridge. It is not only breath-taking visually, but every single sound bounces perfectly off the walls. A person can whisper on one side and another person will hear it clear as day on the other side. I have been many places, but never experienced something like this. Every person who entered the mapparium with us felt the same way. It is such a unique experience and I will absolutely positively see it again the next time I return to Boston. Don't cheat yourself, spend a half hour and check this out!

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nick101

  • 72 Reviews
  • 23 Helpful
November 01, 2014
Rated 4.0

The displays here are very interactive. The staff are really helpful and knowledgeable!

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Mapparium

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

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