David Rumsey Map Center group visits

Interact with maps in our state-of-the-art center

Bring a class or group to the center—a unique learning environment where the historical and the modern converge. Our staff can recommend engaging maps from our extensive collections or lead class discussions about how to leverage our materials and technology. 

Request a group visit 

Who is eligible for a group visit 

  • Stanford faculty members
  • Educators from outside of Stanford
  • Members of the public may request a group visit for any group to which they belong

What to expect

  • Large groups are expected to request a group visit so that our staff can prepare materials to accommodate their interests. 

  • During a group visit, you can view the items from the collection that you have requested in advance, and you can use our two wall-sized, high-resolution screens to view maps in detail and in the context of digital tools. You can also see the current exhibition on display at the center. 

  • Map Center staff will be on hand to answer collection questions. During your visit, staff will also assist in using the center's technology. 

Guidelines for the center

Because we are home to rare maps, we do not allow ink or food and drink in the center. Laptop devices are welcome, and pencils and paper are available for note-taking. Photos without flash are also encouraged. Lockers are available for stowing your belongings.

Visiting on your own? 

The David Rumsey Map Center is open to individual visitors. To help plan for your visit, we suggest checking the David Rumsey Map Center website for open hours.

Questions about David Rumsey Map Center group visits?

Contact the David Rumsey Map Center staff with questions.