A visit to the Mary Baker Eddy Library in the Fenway Cultural District of Boston will create lasting memories for groups.
“The Mary Baker Eddy Library is a unique cultural institution that strives to engage all visitors,” said Francesca Famosi, group tours, marketing and public relations coordinator for the library.
The library was named after Mary Baker Eddy who founded The Christian Science Monitor in 1908.
“A trip to the library creates a one-of-a-kind experience, combining areas of interest that include history, geography, architecture, women and journalism,” Famosi said. “To stand in the center of the Mapparium — a three-story, stained-glass globe — leaves many people feeling awe-inspired. The typical view of a globe is from the outside. But at the library, visitors step inside the Mapparium to experience a shared view of the earth — both geographically and geopolitically, traveling back to the world of 1935. Words, music and state-of-the-art lighting all combine to illustrate how ideas have transcended time and changed our borders.”
Groups can learn more about Eddy’s life through a 10-minute video on her life, Mary Baker Eddy: An Extraordinary Life.
The Mapparium is only available for people to view on a guided tour and is a favorite of many visiting groups. A full guided tour of the library lasts approximately 40 minutes, while a tour of the Mapparium only is 20 minutes long. Along with the Mapparium, the exhibit, “The Mapparium: An Inside View” shares documents, artifacts and letters.
“For many visitors, the first glimpse of the Mapparium is a lasting memory,” Famosi said. “It’s hard to say what they like best. For some, it’s the colors. For others, it’s the historic map. And many are captivated by the acoustics. The globe’s spherical shape and glass panels create two distinct sound effects. Two people standing at opposite sides of the Mapparium would think they were standing side by side.”
Two weeks’ notice for a group visit is preferred. Other exhibits include “Fervent Hearts, Willing Hands” and “Mary Baker Eddy: Her Life and Legacy.”
Free motorcoach parking is available for up to three hours at the library, and a drop-off zone is located at the main entrance.
For more information, call 617-450-7000 or visit marybakereddylibrary.org.