Osher Map Library | MapPlay for Kids

Osher Map Library | MapPlay for Kids

What's New at OML

Congratulations to the 2016 Mapmaking Contest Winner!

With almost 150 submissions, we had a lot of great maps! Check them out at www.oshermaps.org/contest/2016

Winning Map: Pura Vida by Andy S. of Eliot, Maine

New Browser Game (beta):


Learn about the places, plants, animals, and experiences of the Oregon Trail:
Westward on the Oregon Trail

Current Exhibition:

Pictorial Maps Exhibit

OML is pleased to present The Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps. Maps with pictorial elements have a long history. Medieval and early modern maps frequently had pictures of people, places, and objects on the map or in the map border. In the mid-­nineteenth century, bird’s-­eye views became popular, particularly in the United States, and established the oblique view as a common way of looking at the earth’s surface.

In the early twentieth century, the great explosion of popular culture in Europe and North America produced an outpouring of brightly colored pictorial maps. By the mid-­1920s, the United States was at the forefront of pictorial mapping and remained so well into the 1960s. Pictorial maps were produced to show places and regions, to instruct, to amuse, and to advertise products. Pictorial maps were also created to depict World War II, and the prosperity of post­war America. The maps were found in homes, schools, churches, libraries, and offices. Although the golden age of American pictorial mapping is over, artists and cartographers continue to make highly inventive pictorial maps.

The Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps will run from April 7, 2016 to September 3, 2016. Like all Osher Map Library exhibitions, there is no charge for admission and free parking is available in the USM parking garage.

Hours are: 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10am to 8pm on Thursdays; and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. Please note that we are not open holiday weekends. To verify open hours, please check OML's online calendar or call us at 207-780-4850.

Digital Map Creator:

Create a Land

OML Educators are working on a new online activity, still under construction...
Test out our soon-to-be-released Digital Map Creator!

New Online Activity:


Learn all about the fantastical sea monsters medieval Europeans believed in!
Check out our Interactive "Monster" Map!

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