Gallery Exhibits

  • Mapping Maine: The Land and its Peoples, 1677–1842

      A Bicentennial Exhibition Let us acknowledge two truths:  1) on March 15th, 1820, the Eastern District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts became the independent state of Maine; and 2) the building in which you stand, reading these wor...

  • Mapping the Classroom: Teaching Geography and History in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century New England

    Exhibit Introduction:  "Mapping the Classroom" examines the ways in which the young men and women of New England were taught the subjects of History and Geography in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by bringing visitors into the classrooms of...

  • All Aboard: Riding the Rails in New England and Beyond, 1830s – 1950s

    April 18, 2019 ~ September 14, 2019 ...   Railroads began to transform the American landscape as early as the 1830s. By 1850, cities were changing to accommodate the railroad industry, markets were expanding, and fortunes were being made by...

  • Stately Cartography: Fifty Maps of Fifty States

    November 1, 2018 ~ March 30, 2019 ... This exhibition features fifty individual maps of the fifty states that comprise the United States of America. While we are used to encountering individual maps of the towns, cities, counties, and states where ...

  • Art of the Spheres: Picturing the Cosmos since 1600

    March 29, 2018 ~ October 6, 2018 ... Art of the Spheres celebrates the manner in which astronomers have organized and comprehended the celestial vault, the planets, and the structure of the Cosmos. Every item in this exhibition was composed from mu...

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

    November 16, 2017 ~ March 10, 2018 ... 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 ...

  • The Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities

    September 29, 2016 ~ March 11, 2017 ... 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...

  • To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War

    March 30, 2017 ~ October 28, 2017 ... 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 ne...

  • The Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps

    April 7, 2016 ~ September 3, 2016 ... 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...

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

    November 19, 2015 ~ March 12, 2016 ... 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, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, amo...