Tour The Mother Church

Tour hours, languages, and guides

Come tour The Mother Church on your own or with a larger group! Tours are free and last half an hour. Guides are flexible on timing to accommodate specific needs. At times we offer tours in German, Dutch, and French.  meet our tour guides | tour details

Extension - exterior


Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday)

Tuesday: 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Group tours and contact information

To schedule tours of six or more people, email or call Karen McCoy, Manager of Church Services and Local Activities:, 617-480-3434.

Map, transportation, parking, and accessibility

city map, site map, driving directions, and public transportation information are available here.

The Christian Science Plaza is located at the intersection of Huntington and Massachusetts Avenues. Church buildings are wheelchair accessible. There's free parking for bus groups on Huntington Avenue. The Christian Science Plaza has an underground paid parking garage.  For tours, please enter the Church through the large, glass-domed doors which face Massachusetts Avenue.

Original - interior, with tour group

Tour details

Original Church

Friendly, knowledgable guides will take you through the Romanesque style Original Church building, which was built in 1894. It includes frescoes, mosaic work, Italian marble floors, Canadian red birch pews, stained-glass windows depicting Bible stories, and an Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.  more

The Church Extension 

Extension - interior, with tour group

We'll also visit the 1906 Byzantine-Renaissance style Church Extension with a soaring dome, seating for over 3,000 people, and one of the world's largest Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs with a total of 13,384 pipes.  more

The life of Mary Baker Eddy

Along the way, you'll learn about the remarkable, inspiring life history of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and the Church of Christ, Scientist.  more


You can take photos, but please, no commercial use of your own photos. Archival, exhibition-quality framed and unframed prints of photographic images from around the church and Christian Science Plaza are available for purchase online.

Church tour reviews

Pierre from Tours Amerique (Quebec City)

"This is always my first stop in Boston. The tour puts everybody in a good mood and makes them happy. Most of my people want to learn about religious ideas and the church is an important place in the city. Mary Baker Eddy's story, we love how you tell it and my people love the architecture. The tour guides are very friendly and knowledgeable, too."

Louise from Tours Amerique (Quebec City)

"I like to give my customers a new perspective, another way to see life. I bring my customers to your church for tours because I want them to have an openness of what they see."