What hours are the Map Center open?
For exhibition gallery and learning center visits:
Friday & Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Please visit our researching at the Leventhal Map Center page for more information.
How do I obtain permission to reproduce images from your website?
It is possible to download images from our website for research projects, powerpoint presentations, and academic research. We request that you acknowledge the source with the tag line: “Map reproduction courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.” In order to obtain print quality images for reproduction in a publication or project, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are all of your maps and atlases cataloged?
We are in the process of conserving, cataloging, and digitizing all of our historical material. Once cataloged, all bibliographic records can be accessed through the Boston Public Library’s online catalog. In addition, many of our historical maps (non-copyrighted) are being scanned and can be accessed online through our Digital Collections site. New maps are added to digital collection regularly.
Is there a fee to enter the gallery?
Our exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public.
Are there tours of the exhibitions?
We offer guided tours on the first Wednesday and third Friday of every month, which is open to the public.
Is this the space with the giant glass globe?
No. You are looking for The Mapparium which is located in the Mary Eddy Baker Library.
Is the gallery child-friendly?
Yes. We offer a family activity called Travel Tuesday, which is on the first Tuesday of every month. On other days there are different activities for families throughout the Map and Learning Center, including puzzles and scavenger hunts, to name a few.
Is photography allowed?
Yes, but flash photography is not allowed.
What kinds of accessibility services do you offer?
There is an elevator located on the level floor of the gallery. We also offer large print captions of our current exhibition available at the front desk, and auditory narration.
Do you accept donations?
We are an independent non-profit organization dependent on your support, so we are grateful for all cash donations. Map donations are accepted on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in donating maps, please email email@example.com with a list and pictures of what you would like to donate.
Can school groups visit the Map Center for free?
School groups may visit the Map Center for free. If you wish to have a specific program visit your school, travel fees are applicable. Visit our educator’s area for more information about booking a trip to the Learning Center, or for outreach coordination.