Babson Globe – Wellesley, Massachusetts - Atlas Obscura

Babson Globe

Kerry Murphy Healey Park

A massive rotating globe sits at the center of Babson Park. 

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Weighing 25 tons with a diameter of 28 feet, the Babson Globe remains the second-largest rotating globe on the earth. 

When Babson Globe was built in 1955, it was the largest rotating globe ever designed. Roger Babson, the founder of Babson College, and his grandson Roger Webber came up with the idea of the globe in 1947 and personally funded $200,000 for its construction. 

The Babson Globe remained the largest rotating globe until 1988 and drew large crowds to the campus. Unfortunately, it fell into a state of disrepair and underwent a series of restorations leading to a rededication in 1993.

In the spring of 2018, the globe was moved from outside Coleman Hall into the Trim parking lot, where it underwent further restoration aimed at making the globe rotate once again.

The globe was once again rededicated in 2019, and today sits in Kerry Murphy Healey Park, where it spins next to plaques detailing the college’s history, and a statue of its namesake, Roger Babson. 

Know Before You Go

The globe is publicly accessible on Babson campus at Centennial Park, and is a short walk from Trim Parking lot nearby. 

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