Located in Boston’s stunning Christian Science Plaza Center, The Mary Baker Eddy Library houses a plethora of books and exhibitions related to the history and beliefs of Christian Science. Visit the library to learn about the life of Mary Baker Eddy, the impact of her most notable written work which became the basis for Christian Science, and the evolution of The Christian Science Monitor, the global news publication founded by Eddy in 1908.
As the library’s namesake, and the founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, information about the life and works of Mary Baker Eddy is prominent throughout the library. During your visit, learn about the incredible strides made by Eddy as a woman in the mid-to late-nineteenth century. Having created a worldwide church, founded a global newspaper publication, and started a publishing company, Mary Baker Eddy is, needless to say, a fascinating figure in literary and religious history.
Additionally, and perhaps most notably, the library is home to the famous Mapparium® — a three-story stained-glass globe constructed in 1935 to illustrate the global reach of The Christian Science Monitor. Today, visitors are awed by a mesmerizing presentation of intricately choreographed lights, music, and narration, viewed from within the Mapparium.
Other exhibitions at the library include a chronological account of how The Christian Science Monitor has reported world news over the last 50 years, an outline of the participation of Christian Science chaplains in various wars, and the ornate lobby of the old publishing floor of The Christian Science Monitor.
The Christian Science Plaza Center is just half a mile from Clarendon Square, making for an easy outing during your stay. Open 7 days a week, and free for all visitors (with exception of the Mapparium, for which admission is only $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors), the Mary Baker Eddy Library is a wonderfully convenient and captivating Boston experience.