How Do You See the World? visitor information

Hours: Monday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. / Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. / Questions? Call 617-450-7224

Mapparium Experience tickets and visitor guidelines


Adults: $6.00 / Youth 0-17: Free

Special event: free admission to the Mapparium™ globe on October 10. Tickets available on site.

Individual ticket

Group tickets

For groups of 10 or more.


Tickets are required to view the MappariumTM globe. All other exhibits in "How Do You See the World?" are free to the public.

Photography and video is not permitted inside the Mapparium globe. Photography and video taken with a handheld device for personal use and enjoyment is permitted other areas of the "How Do You See the World?" Experience. 

See our FAQ for more information.

Mapparium Experience visitor terms:

  • Photography and videography are not allowed inside the Mapparium exhibit.
  • Visitors under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All visitors need a ticket, regardless of age.
  • We will gladly exchange your ticket for a different day if you need to reschedule for any reason.
  • All discount tickets must be obtained in person at the Welcome Hall, at the Christian Science Plaza.
  • Our Terms of Service apply to your visit.
  • Please review our Privacy Policy for details on how we use and safeguard the information you provide.

Here is what you can expect when visiting at this time.

  • Face masks are optional.

  • We are following enhanced cleaning protocols and provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the exhibit space.

  • The exhibits are closed on the following days:

  • Christmas Recess - December 24 - 26, 2021

  • New Year’s Eve - December 31, 2021

  • New Year’s Day - January 1

  • Martin Luther King Day - January 17

  • Presidents’ Day - February 21

  • Easter - April 17

  • Patriot’s Day - April 18

  • Memorial Day - May 30

  • Juneteenth Observed - June 20

  • Independence Day - July 4

  • Labor Day - September 5

  • Veterans Day - November 11

  • Thanksgiving Recess - November 23-25

  • Christmas Recess - December 24-26

  • New Year’s Day - January 1, 2023

  • New Year’s Day Observed - January 2, 2023


By bus, take Harvard/Holyoke Gate—Dudley Station, Bus number “1." It stops on Massachusetts Avenue at Clearway Street, adjacent to the Christian Science Plaza. Bus number "39" stops at the corner of Huntington Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue.


By subway, take the Green line to Prudential or Symphony Stations (“E” Train). From the Prudential Station, cross Belvidere Street to the Christian Science Plaza. From Symphony Station, the Christian Science Plaza is on Massachusetts Avenue, north on your right.

Or take the Green line to Hynes Convention Center Station ("B" "C" "D" Trains). From the Hynes Convention Center Station, turn left. Walk along Massachusetts Avenue south. The Plaza will be on your left just past Clearway Street. 

Or take the Orange line to Massachusetts Avenue Station. Walk north on Massachusetts Avenue. You will find the Plaza on your right just past Huntington Avenue. 

Driving from the North

Take I-93 South to Exit 26 (Storrow Drive/North Station/Rt-28, Rt-3). Keep left at the fork in the ramp through a short tunnel and merge onto Storrow Drive. Turn slight left onto MA-28 South/Storrow Drive/MA-3 North. Take the left exit to Copley Square Back Bay (MA-28 South). Turn right onto Beacon Street/MA-28 South. Continue to follow Beacon Street. Turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue. Continue on Massachusetts Avenue. The Christian Science Plaza is on your left.

Driving from the South

Take I-93 North to Exit 18 (Frontage Road, toward Massachusetts Avenue/Roxbury). Turn slight left onto Frontage Road North. Turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue Conn. Turn slight right onto Massachusetts Avenue. The Christian Science Plaza is on your right.

Driving from the West

Take I-90 East to Exit 22 (Prudential Center, Copley Square). Take the ramp toward Prudential Center. Turn slight right onto Huntington Avenue/MA-9/Avenue of the Arts. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue. The Christian Science Plaza is on your right.

Parking in the Christian Science Plaza garage is open to the public, as well as Church Service attendees and those holding monthly passes. Parking for church services is available onsite in the underground garage and can be accessed traveling westbound on Huntington Avenue or northbound on Massachusetts Avenue. The address for GPS devices and phone apps like Google Maps is 235 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115

Please note: it's illegal to make a left turn into the Massachusetts Avenue entrance when traveling southbound on Massachusetts Avenue.

Parking fees (effective August 2019):

  • Parking is free with validation for those attending Church services. 

  • Parking is available at a discount rate of $17 per day with validation when visiting The Mary Baker Eddy Library, and the Christian Science Reading Room (after 19 hours, standard rates apply). 

  • Posted rates apply without validation. 

Regular parking rates:

  • 0-1 Hours: $11.00

  • 1-2 hours: $20.00

  • 2-3 hours: $30.00

  • 3-12 hours: $34.00

  • 12-24 hours: $40.00

  • Night rate: $15.00 (enter after 5 pm and exit before 12 am)

  • Event rate: $25.00

  • Weekends: $20.00 (for up to 12 hours)

All buildings are wheelchair accessible.

What are your COVID-19 protocols and regulations?

Face masks are optional. We are following enhanced cleaning protocols and provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the exhibit space.

What is “How Do You See the World?”

A new interactive experience in the Christian Science Publishing House with three highly engaging exhibits, including one of Boston’s most iconic landmarks, the Mapparium globe. With an emphasis on global progress and possibilities, these spaces encourage you to ponder your place in the world.

These exhibits are designed to spark curiosity, raise thought-provoking questions, and inspire deep, critical thinking about how we can cultivate progress locally and globally, in our own lives and in our communities.

What are the hours of operation?

Monday—Saturday: 10 a.m.—5 p.m. ET
Sunday: 11 a.m.—5 p.m. ET
Last tour begins at 4:40pm.

What is the cost for entry?

The Mapparium globe requires paid, ticketed admission—which can be purchased at the Information Desk onsite. All other exhibits in "How Do You See the World?" are free to the public.

Do you offer validated parking for visitors?

Discounted parking is offered to visitors with validation. Please stop by the Welcome Hall Information Desk for details.

Are photography or videography allowed?

Much of the exhibit content is copyrighted and may not be reproduced and distributed unless permitted by the copyright owner. Exhibit Image Credits are available at the Welcome Desk.

You may not use flashes, tripods, monopods, selfie-sticks, and video cameras anywhere in the exhibits.

You may not take photos or videos in the Mapparium globe.

However, you may take photos or videos with a handheld device (smart phone or hand-held camera) in all exhibit areas other than the Mapparium globe, for your personal, non-commercial use only.

Personal use does not include publishing online, including through social media accounts. Any distribution or public display of photos or videos of the exhibit spaces is prohibited.

What can I do with my bulky items?

We offer a free coat room service for visitors to check-in all backpacks, luggage, umbrellas, and bulky outerwear on the main floor in the Welcome Hall. Please see a Host or security officer on site for guidance.

Are food or drink allowed?

Food and drink are not allowed inside "How Do You See the World?" or the Mapparium globe. We do not offer food or drink for purchase on site. However, food and drink are allowed outside on the Christian Science Plaza. Please dispose of any trash or recycling in the designated receptacles.

How can I share “How Do You See the World?” with others?

Check out the press kit (coming soon) and share with your online community.

Tag or mention us in your social media posts: 

The Christian Science Monitor 

The Mary Baker Eddy Library