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Mary Baker Eddy Li­brary

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Lo­cal 19th-cen­tury writer, leader, teacher and busi­ness­woman Mary Baker Eddy founded the Chris­tian Science re­li­gion, The Church of Christ, Sci­en­tist, and in­ter­na­tional news­pa­per The Chris­tian Science Mon­i­tor. To­day, her mu­seum and re­search cen­ter of­fers the pub­lic ac­cess to her life’s work through ed­u­ca­tional ex­hibits and dis­plays. Vis­i­tors can stop first at the Hall of Ideas, a beau­ti­ful room with a cast glass and bronze sculp­ture by Howard Ben Tré at its cen­ter and in­spi­ra­tional quotes flow­ing out of it and onto the walls. The Quest Gallery delves into Eddy’s life in the 19th cen­tury. Com­put­er­based sta­tions, chil­dren’s games and archival dis­plays fea­tur­ing pho­to­graphs and doc­u­ments shed light on med­i­cal, cul­tural, and re­li­gious his­tory in Amer­ica. The gallery also of­fers the story be­hind “Science and Health with Key to the Scrip­tures,” Eddy’s main writ­ten work and the foun­da­tion of her re­li­gion. For the fi­nal 20 of your 90 min­utes at the Mary Baker Eddy Li­brary, visit the in­cred­i­ble Map­par­ium, tucked in­side the re­cesses of the build­ing. It is not a room of maps, rather one room that is a three­story, stained glass spher­i­cal map of the earth, frozen in time—1936 specif­i­cally—the year Ch­ester Lind­say Churchill built it. New­com­ers to Bos­ton of­ten don’t know it's there, since it can't be seen from out­side. Its light­ing has been up­dated with LED fix­tures— sounds bor­ing, but re­ally, it’s a treat be­cause it al­lows for brighter and deeper color tones. Vis­i­tors can take a guided walk­through to learn about the world as it was in 1936 and ex­per­i­ment with its quirky acous­tics. 200 Mas­sachusetts Ave., 617.450.7000

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