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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

Tickets

Adults: $6.00 / Youth 0-17: Free

Individual ticket


Group tickets

For groups of 10 or more.

GROUP TOUR BOOKING

See our list of available discounts

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 ticket purchase and 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 How Do You See the World? experience offers free or discounted admission to the Mapparium™ globe for qualifying individuals. Please see the list of available options below.

Note: Discounts can only be applied when purchasing tickets to the Mapparium globe in person. All other exhibits in the How Do You See the World? experience are free.

Category

Discounted Rate

Eligibility

Military

Free

Free for active or retired military members with ID. For any country.

MA Teacher

Free

Free for MA Teacher & one guest

Museum Professional

Free

Free for museum professional & one guest with institution ID

Museum Pass

Free

Free for library pass holder & three guests. Show printed or digital copy of pass.

GoCity

Free

Free for valid GoCity QR code.

BlueStar

Free

Seasonal (Between Armed Forces Day and Labor Day). Free for military members & four guests with ID.

Card to Culture (EBT & WIC)

$2

Reduced price with EBT and/or WIC cards

Senior (62+)

$5

Reduced price with show of ID

Student

$5

Reduced price with valid student ID

First Responder

$5

Reduced price with show of ID

Hospitality Professional

$5

Free for hospitality professional & one guest with show of business card

See the full list of participating organizations offering EBT and WIC discounts.

The exhibits are closed on the following days in 2023:

  • Christmas Recess - December 24 - 26, 2022

  • New Year’s Day - January 1

  • New Year’s Day (Observed) - January 2

  • Martin Luther King Day - January 16

  • Presidents’ Day - February 20

  • Easter - April 9

  • Patriot’s Day - April 17

  • Memorial Day - May 29

  • Juneteenth Observed - June 19

  • Independence Day - July 4

  • Labor Day - September 4

  • Veterans Day (Observed) - November 10

  • Thanksgiving Recess - November 22-24

  • Christmas Recess - December 24-26

  • New Year’s Day - January 1, 2024

Bus

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.

Subway

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 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:

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

  • Parking is available at a discount rate of $18 per day with validation when visiting How Do You See the World?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.

You may not publish any photos or videos of How Do You See the World? or the Mapparium globe online, including through personal social media accounts. Any distribution or public display of photos or videos of the exhibit spaces is prohibited.

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.

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 is not allowed inside How Do You See the World? or the Mapparium globe. You may bring a clear, plastic water bottle filled with water. No other drink is allowed. 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 or point them to our website. Feel free to bring them for a visit, too.

Are you on social media? 

Yes. You can follow, tag, and mention us at:

ChristianScience.com 

The Christian Science Monitor 

The Mary Baker Eddy Library

JSH-Online

Please note that you may not share personal photos from How Do You See the World? on social media or online. See our FAQ about photography for more information.