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.
Campers can learn about geography, history, and architecture when they visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Guided tours of the Mapparium and the Publishing House Lobby are available. See our website for pre-/post-visit activities that may be available when booking.
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.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.