Gallery Exhibits

  • The Art of the Hand-Drawn Map

    October 16, 2014 ~ February 26, 2015 ... 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 (script) by hand (manu) ~ hand-d...

  • Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune

    March 25, 2014 ~ August 14, 2014 ... 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 ...

  • To the Ends of the Earth… and Back: Selections from the Jay I. Kislak Polar Collection

    September 24, 2013 ~ February 27, 2014 ... OML is pleased to present To the Ends of the Earth... and Back: Selections from the Jay I. Kislak Polar Collection, an exhibition curated by Arthur Dunkleman, Director of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, Miami ...

  • Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

    April 2, 2013 to August 24, 2013 ... OML is pleased to present, as part of the 2013 Maine Civil War Trail, a subset of the exhibition of the same name, curated by Dr. Ronald E. Grim and originally installed in 2011 at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Ce...

  • Iconic America: The United States Map as a National Symbol

    September 11, 2012 ~ February 28, 2013 ... Highlights from the Fondersmith Collection of Cartographic Ephemera John Fondersmith, guest curator The symbolic use in modern American culture of the outline map of the United States of America is so wi...

  • The Grand Tour and Development of Tourism, 1600 to 1900

    October 4, 2011 ~ April 28, 2012 ... This exhibition commemorates the 400th anniversary of the publication in 1611 of Coryat’s Crudities, Thomas Coryat’s account of a five-month journey across Europe. A poor parson’s son, Coryat demonstrated th...

  • American Treasures

    October 18, 2009 ~ August 21, 2010 ... American Treasures celebrates the reopening of the newly renovated and expanded Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine. It explores the library’s rich...

  • Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine 1793-1860

    March 8, 2011 ~ August 25, 2011 ... Edward V. Thompson, Guest CuratorPrinted Maps of the District and State of Maine, 1793-1860, celebrates Edward V. Thompson’s recent publication of the same title (published by the Nimue Books & Prints in Ba...

  • Triumph of the Passenger Ship: Highlights from the Norman H. Morse Ocean Liner Collection, 1870-2010

    May 15, 2012 ~ August 23, 2012 ... The Triumph of the Passenger Ship presents the experience of life aboard these grand vessels through a selection of the Morse Collection of ocean liner ephemera. Norman H. Morse assembled his collection of almost 3,...

  • The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration in American Culture

    March 14, 2009 ~ June 21, 2009 ... In the late 1800s, “Arctic fever” swept the nation as dozens of American expeditions sailed north to find a sea route to Asia and, ultimately, to stand at the North Pole. Few of these missions were successful,...