Check out the Leventhal Map Center!

Yearning for Broader Horizons? See the vast collection of digitized maps.

Yearning for Broader Horizons?

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Try some virtual travel by browsing the Leventhal Map Center and see the vast collection of digitized maps housed at the Boston Public Library.

The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, created in 2004, provides access to 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases for the enjoyment and education of all through exhibitions, educational programs, and a website that includes more than 10,000 digitized maps at

The map collection is global in scope, dating from the 15th century to the present, with a particular strength in maps and atlases from the New England region, American Revolutionary War period, nautical charts, and world urban centers.

There are great tools for educators on the website, including thematic collections on Boston geography, the American Revolution, Massachusetts history, and more, and the ability to create a customized "map set" that can be shared with students. See for details.

Here's an example of some maps and activities curated for grades 6-8.