Osher Map Library | MapPlay for Kids

Osher Map Library | MapPlay for Kids

What's New at OML

2015 Junior Cartographers Mapmaking Contest:

Invent and map a futuristic city for a chance to win a prize and have your map displayed at the OML!
We are accepting submissions through May 15th, 2015.

    How to Enter:
  1. Be age 14 or under!
  2. Use a piece of paper (Max Size: 11x17 inches) and any art medium you prefer OR use a computer program.
  3. Invent and map a futuristic city, village, or town. Make sure to include a map key!
  4. If you used a computer program, email your map in JPG, PNG, or PDF format to: rkeul@usm.maine.edu.
  5. If you did not use a digital program to produce your map, please write your name and age on the back and mail it to:
    Osher Map Library
    Attn: Renee Keul
    P.O. Box 9301
    Portland, ME 04104

    • If you are mailing your original map, we recommend you make a photocopy for yourself.

Last Year's Winning Maps:

Contest Winner

Congratuations to the Winners of the 2014 Junior Cartographers Mapmaking Contest! These maps show imaginary continents in either the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. Check Out our Contest Winners!

VOTE: Which challenge should we use for next year's Mapmaking Contest?

    Hometown History (Current Votes: 2)

    Imaginary Solar System (Current Votes: 2)

    Treasure Maps (Current Votes: 1)

Current Exhibition:

Women in Cartography Exhibit

OML is pleased to present Women in Cartography. This exhibition recognizes and celebrates the long overlooked role of women in the world of mapping; bringing their stories, accomplishments, and most importantly their maps to light.

Curated by Alice Hudson, former Chief of the Map Division at the New York Public Library, Women in Cartography showcases the works of better-known women cartographers such as Marie Tharp, who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the entire ocean floor, and, Agnes Sinclair Holbrook who created the Hull-House maps, statistical cartographic presentations of social data from the immigrant rich Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago.

Women in Cartography will run from March 26, 2015 to October 9, 2015. 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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