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Longyear Museum
1125 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-1811
617-278-9000

Longyear Museum is an independent historical museum about Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) was born near Concord, New Hampshire, and did most of her work in establishing Christian Science in Lynn, Boston, and Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and in Concord, New Hampshire.

Longyear Museum contains documents pertaining to Mary Baker Eddy’s life and the lives of Christian Scientists who assisted her in establishing this worldwide religion.

The Museum was founded by philanthropist Mary Beecher Longyear (1851-1931) to provide future generations with documentary evidence and facts about Mrs. Eddy and the early history of the Christian Science religion. In 1937, the Museum opened in Mrs. Longyear’s former home in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Museum moved to its present location in nearby Chestnut Hill in 1999; the new exhibit halls were opened to the public in 2001.

Features:

  • “Mary Baker Eddy, A Spiritual Journey” exhibit
  • Baker Family exhibit
  • Longyear Portrait Gallery
  • Eight historic houses (located in MA and NH)
  • Museum Store and Library

Directions:
The Museum is located at the corner of Route 9 (Boylston St) and Dunster Rd, 5 miles from downtown Boston and about 4 miles from the Route 9 exit of Route 95/128. The entrance is on Dunster Rd.

From Route 128/95 take the Route 9 East exit (#20A) toward Brookline and Boston. Continue on Route 9 for 3.5 miles. Move into the left turn lane as you pass General Cinema and Star Market. At the traffic lights, turn left onto Hammond St; there is a CVS store on the left corner. From Hammond St, take the first right onto Middlesex Rd, then the first right onto Dunster Rd. The Museum is on the left at the end of the block.

From Boston take Route 9 west. (Note: In Boston, Route 9 is Huntington Ave; in Brookline, it becomes Boylston St.). The Museum is located about one mile past Chestnut Hill Ave. Just past the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association, you will pass Norfolk Rd. The Museum is on the next corner — Dunster Rd. Take the first right into the Museum parking lot.


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Hours:
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: 1 - 4PM
Closed Tuesdays & Holidays

Admission:
No admission fee


Longyear Museum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, offers exhibits, publications, and programs on the life of one of America’s most noted women, Mary Baker Eddy.


Public Transportation:
By subway (“THE T” or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority), take the Green Line “D” train to the Chestnut Hill stop. Follow the paved path to Middlesex Road. Cross Middlesex Road to Dunster Road. Longwood Cricket Club’s tennis courts will be on the right. Longyear Museum is on the left at the corner of Dunster Road and Boylston Street.