The Mapparium

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The Mapparium
Photograph: Mark Thayer

Calling all geography nerds: The Mapparium, the world's largest walk-in globe, is among the city's quirkiest landmarks. It’s essentially a three-story model of the globe built to scale; the perfect sphere runs 30 feet in diameter and can be crossed by means of a glass bridge that bisects its interior. Inside, sound bounces off the globe room's non-porous glass walls, amplifying it ten-fold—which means that whispered sweet nothings from your partner across the room register directly in your ear.

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Venue name: The Mapparium
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Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston

Cross street: at Clearway Street
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-4pm
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