Past Exhibitions

  • Art of the Spheres: Picturing the Cosmos since 1600

    The heavens are big; our field of vision is small. The solution?  Astronomers have drawn and mapped the heavens to keep some parts in mind, even as they focus on others. Our views of the Sun, Moon, and planets are constantly changing. B...

  • Go Where the Map Takes You: The Intersection of Cartography and Creativity

    Maps show many versions of our world, for many purposes, but their simplest purpose is to show the way from one place to another. The artists in this exhibition have used the techniques of mapping, and maps themselves, to show the way to the metaphor...

  • The Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities

     One of the greatest stories of exploration and discovery is the quest for the Northwest Passage, an oceanic shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific across the top of North America. Tempted with the prospect of wealth and glory, countless seaf...

  • To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War

     Americans relied on printed images to understand World War I before and after the US entered the war in April 1917. Their understanding of Germany as an enemy was shaped by propaganda maps and posters, while newspaper maps helped them follow th...

  • The Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps

    Curated by Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby, co-editor of the Historical Atlas of Maine and author of a forthcoming book on American pictorial maps, this exhibit looks at the golden age of pictorial or illustrated maps from the 1920s to the 1960s. Reflecting ...

  • Masterpieces at USM: Celebrating Five Centuries of Rare Maps and Globes

    Curated by the OML staff and some of Maine's very own luminaries, including renowned authors Susan Minot and Monica Wood as well as Senator Angus King, Senator Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a...

  • Staying the Course: Working Women of Portland’s Waterfront

    Staying the Course: Working Women of Portland's Waterfront will open at the Portland Public Library's Lewis Gallery on First Friday, August 7, 2015 at 5 pm. The exhibit explores the diverse roles and stories of women in maritime commerce in Portland ...

  • Women in Cartography: Celebrating 400 Years of Unsung Contributions to the Mapping World

    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 N...

  • The Art of the Hand-Drawn Map

    Matthew H. EdneyVideo introduction (courtesy of ctn5me YouTube channel)Hand-drawn maps are works of art, both in the modern sense of aesthetic design and in the older sense of craft and skill. Also known as manuscripts ~ from the Latin for written (s...

  • Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune

    OML is pleased to present a subset of Charting an Empire, the two-part exhibition curated by Stephanie Cyr and Ronald E. Grim and originally installed in 2013 at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center of the Boston Public Library.The period following the...