Education Programs

We welcome class visits to the Map Center, located right in the heart of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

Students engaged in any of our “Map Lab” programs are introduced to how to read and think about maps followed by small group activities where students engage with historic maps from the Leventhal Map Center collection. All programs also include a scavenger hunt of our current gallery exhibition


  • What is a Map? (grades 1-5)
  • This program teaches students how to interpret maps by encouraging them to read the stories being told by mapmakers. Students create their own map of their school then work in small groups to answer questions about some of the maps in our collection. The program concludes with a fun scavenger hunt of our current gallery exhibition.

  • World Maps Over Time (grades 5-12)
  • Using a range of world maps from 1492 to the present, our educators help students to be critical map readers. After an interactive discussion about the many types of map projections, students work in small groups to analyze what the mapmaker included on their map and why and how they got their information. Students compare their map analysis with other groups to uncover the many stories that maps can tell. A great program for world geography classes!

  • Mapping the American Revolution (grades 3-12)
  • Students will learn to interpret the stories of the American Revolution as told through maps. They will examine period maps of Boston and New England to uncover information about the historical actors in the Revolution, the significance of geography, and the motives of the mapmakers.

  • Boston Over Time (grades 5-12)
  • In this program, students will use maps to discover how Boston's landscape has been transformed over the course of its history. In a hands-on activity, students will examine maps spanning the past four hundred years to better understand how Boston has changed in tandem with its population and industry.

  • Mapping America (grades 3-12)
  • Students learn the basics of mapmaking and the many ways maps tell stories. In small groups, students look closely at historic maps of their state, region and country and use their knowledge of maps and these places in the present to compare how the geography of the United States has changed.

We can tailor your visit to help you achieve your educational goals. Select programs can also travel to your classroom.

Fees: School programs offered at the Leventhal Map Center are FREE. We can also bring selected programs to local classrooms; travel fees apply for classroom visits outside of Boston. See our outreach programs for more information.

Time: 1-1.5 hours depending on group size

Group Size: 22 students maximum (it is possible to accommodate a larger group with planning—please contact to discuss options)

To book a program: please fill out the form below. Please note: Filling out this form is not a guarantee of a reservation. Once your form is received, you will be contacted by our Education Department to confirm.

Education Program

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