For travel enthusiasts of all ages, the story of the evolution of our globe is a fascinating one. At least that’s what drew me to the Mapparium. Built in 1932, this giant dome-shaped stained glass rendition of our globe illustrates the story of the earth. The Mapparium’s timed show is short but a powerful one. Visitors learn about the formation of continents on earth, and how they have drifted and moved across the passage of time. One watches from inside the globe, as the powerful narration, LED lights and sounds convey the story.
Housed inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library, this interactive globe’s spherical shape produces unusual sound effects. Sound waves are reflected from one end of the globe to another and visitors can distinctly listen to another person whispering at the other end of the globe. The library also hosts an exhibition about the creation of the Mapparium, another dimension for the curious minded to explore. As a bit of a geek who appreciates uncommon ways to spend an afternoon, twenty minutes inside an interactive globe is a feast for the senses. So go on, feed your geography loving soul.