Tour #1 - Boston Public Library, Mary Baker Eddy Library, Christian Science Plaza, Boston, MA.

Tour #1 – Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Boston Public Library, Mary Baker Eddy Library, Christian Science Plaza - Boston, MA

Departure: Durham 8:00 AM and Portsmouth 8:30 AM

Have you n/ever been to the Boston Public Library?  Well here’s your chance to have an actual tour of the Central Library in Copley Square, Boston, MA.  This tour will highlight the architecture of Charles Fuller McKim and Phillip Johnson as well as the many works of the famed sculptors such as the great twin lions by Saint Gauden and painters such as Puvis de Chavannes’ major composition The Muses.

Lunch will be at the famed Cheesecake Factory.   And yes, we will have a choice of either fresh strawberry or Godiva chocolate cheesecake for dessert, but first we must eat our lunch.

The choices are many:

1) Shepard’s pie;

2) Grilled eggplant sandwich with small salad;

3) Renee’s Special – ½ turkey sandwich with a cup of soup;

4) Chicken picata; and

5) Fresh grilled salmon.

Coffee, tea or soda is included.

After this scrumptious luncheon, we will walk to the Mary Baker Eddy Library where we will visit the Mapparium, Hall of Ideas and Quest Gallery. The Mapparium is a 30 foot glass bridge 3 stories tall. This world famous stained-glass globe serves as an historic snapshot of the world as it existed in 1935. Unlike a flat map, the Mapparium gives a 3-dimensional perspective of Earth and together with words, music, and lighting shows how ideas have changed our borders and our world.

The Hall of Ideas, built in 1934 is a sculptural fountain from which 800 quotes by great thinkers from across the centuries emerge finding their full expression as quotations on the walls.

Learn more about Mary Baker Eddy’s remarkable rise to prominence, her ideas and her achievements in the Quest Gallery.  She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1995.  She founded a college, established a church, wrote a landmark book, and at the age of 87 founded a newspaper. Do you think she may have deserved that honor?

Lastly, we will walk by the beautiful “reflecting pool” to The First Church of Christ Scientist and see the large, domed Extension, completed in 1906. The building combines Renaissance and Byzantine architectural concepts, and has one of the world’s largest working pipe organs.  We will also experience the interior of the Original Mother Church, built in 1894 in the American Romanesque style.

ALERT: THIS TRIP WILL HAVE AN EXTENSIVE AMOUNT OF WALKING.  Please sign up only if you know you can fully and safely enjoy this tour.

The cost is $62.00 per person, which includes transportation, admission to all three venues, lunch, snack, all taxes and gratuities (including the bus driver).

The approximate time of return: Portsmouth 5:00-5:15 PM and Durham 5:30-5:45 PM