When we look at a globe, the relative sizes of the continents are distorted by perspective — the sphere itself causes different regions to appear distorted because they are at different distances from our eyes. But if we could view the globe from its exact center, looking outward, our eyes would be the same distance from every point on the map. What a remarkable experience that would be…but how would such a thing be possible? Enter the Mapparium to find out!
The Mapparium is a three-story-tall, inside-out stained-glass globe with a glass walkway crossing directly in the middle. Check out a short video about it here.
It is definitely worth a visit if you are a map geek like me! You can find it in the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts. General admission is $6. No photography is allowed.