Friday (June 7th, 2013) was a very soggy and wet day in Boston but we did the travelling thing and waterproofed up and headed out, thankfully the weather did let up long enough for some nice photos.

We visited the Mary Baker Eddy Library, MIT and Harvard University.

The Mary Baker Eddy Library opened in 2002 as a place for people to explore the life, ideas, and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), a remarkable nineteenth-century New England woman who overcame adversity to write a groundbreaking book on religion, health, and spirituality. She was a woman decades ahead of her time, pioneering such fields as business, education, and publishing.

Although, if I’m honest, I wasn’t really interested in the library itself I’m glad we did the tour as the Mapparium was really interesting – we were very fortunate to be the only ones on our tour so had the place to ourselves.

The Mary Baker Eddy Library, MIT & Harvard

The Mapparium is a huge walk in globe made from stained glass, the tour includes a narrated light show – showing off the craftsmanship and beauty of the Mapparium and its unique sound qualities.

We also visited MIT and Harvard campus and went on the Harvard tour. Unfortunately we couldn’t take many photos of MIT or Harvard as by that point the heavens opened up and we were absolutely drenched!

MIT was a very modern campus, with lots if interesting buildings and cool sculptures whereas Harvard was more traditional, “red brick” campus. The Harvard tour took us around the Harvard Yard, a grassed area in the middle of the freshman dorms. Unfortunately the tour didn’t cover the academic buildings but was a great in-sight into life at Harvard from a student perspective… Once again (due to the weather) we ended up with a private tour.

Both universities were interesting but if you’re planning to visit both get the subway from MIT to Harvard as its a lot further than it looks on the map!

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