Decorative COMPARATIVE MAPS most often focus on such superalatives as the world’s longest rivers, and highest mountains (or both), although some feature comparisons of flora, fauna, lakes, islands, and more!
I had only an hour or so to spend there but could have stayed much longer. Incredible selection. I was visiting from California and they were able to ship them to me so I didn’t have to bring them on the plane. Highly recommend.
This is a must stop every year that I visit the Cape. If you enjoy history and maps obviously you’ll be interested but it’s just as useful as a place to find fantastic gifts for weddings, anniversaries or any special occasion. Gifting someone an antique or replica map of a special place in their life is unique and truly meaningful. They serve as great decorations and conversation pieces in your home. The staff is friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Maps of Antiquity.
A hidden treasure for history buffs, collectors
Although easy to miss because it looks like a home, Maps of Antiquity is a must stop shop for cartographers and cartogrophiles alike. Filled to the brim with maps of New England, the Midwest, and all around the world this store contains the map of your dreams.
When you visit, you will find yourself in a very unique establishment. It’s fun to wander through and explore on your own or with assistance. The small-looking structure belies the really incredible selection of maps, many of them unique and one of a kind, within. You never feel under pressure to buy and you have unbiased advice from the staff. Prices are reasonable and you cannot leave without feeling better informed. The staff are all smart, respectful and helpful, making your visit all the more enjoyable. What an experience!
August 23, 2017 Reviewed by Stuart G.
I enjoyed my interactions with the folks at “Maps” they were helpful, knowledgeable, and polite. The two maps I purchased were exactly what I wanted at a price that I was pleased with. The historical setting helps as well!
Feb 24, 2016 Reviewed by Bruce Y
Our trip to Maps of Antiquity was something like I’ve never seen! Awesome staff, awesome maps, tons of history! This place more than lived up to my expectations. They have maps from all over the U.S including every state and around the world! You must stop here while you are visiting Chatham!
Jul 10, 2016 Reviewed by Matt J
Maps of Antiquity had the specific map I desired to present as a gift. The staff was so helpful and friendly. My map arrived in excellent condition. I highly recommend checking them out in person or via the Internet!
Jul 20, 2016 Reviewed by Rita D
Both Perri and Marisa were wonderful to work with. They were friendly, helpful and promptly responded to all of my emails. I would highly recommend using them for you antique map needs!
Jul 24, 2016 Reviewed by KRoy75
We stopped by on our vacation to look around as my husband and I both love looking at maps. It’s not just maps, there are old science exhibits, pictures of birds and so much more. We purchased a couple of antique weather exhibits that were really cool. Since we were flying, they even wrapped it for us in a sturdy tube to carry back home. If you like old stuff, and not just maps, this is your place.
Jul 27, 2016 Reviewed by jules_travel55857
I make an annual pilgrimage to Maps of Antiquity each summer. The selection of maps from around the world is amazing. The owners are passionate about their business and always helpful.
Aug 17, 2016 Reviewed by Tom M
I go to Cape Cod often, and this map store is a diamond in the rough. I got a map from Greece, and it is in perfect quality. Great job.
I bought a map from Maps of Antiquity as a gift for my husband. I called the store and provided a description of what I was looking for. Perri was extremely helpful and emailed me suggestions for what fit my description. Maps of Antiquity has a very wide and comprehensive selection of impressive maps and I was able to find exactly what I was looking for. I received the map very promptly in the mail and it is gorgeous and in great condition, especially given its age. My husband was very happy. I highly recommend shopping at Maps of Antiquity as I had a very positive experience.
Sep 11, 2016 Reviewed by dressagealexis18
Extremely friendly staff are there to help you sift through a fascinating array of well preserved maps and prints. I’ve never experienced a store like this, as it blends the feel of a historical library with a commercial store. It is hard not to be impressed when looking at 500 year old hand colored maps or beautiful 100 year old sea weed lithographs. It may sound strange, but it is impressive to those who appreciate such things and you won’t find another place like it.
Aug 19, 2016 Reviewed by Cal C
I bought an antique map online from Maps of Antiquity. It arrived in perfect shape thanks to outstanding packaging. The owners were very pleasant and informative in their correspondence, and the map itself was exactly what i was looking for. I’d recommend the experience to anyone looking for an old map.
Dec 30, 2015 Reviewed by John O
I was looking for an antique map of an area in Massachusetts. I am in Wyoming and was only able to search online. Maps of Antiquity has an excellent website which made it easy to browse. I called them for some additional help and they were knowledgeable and friendly. The map was shipped promptly and made it safely, in good condition to Wyoming. I would shop there again.
Jan 28, 2016 Reviewed by EBB83001
I don’t even know how I found this website but it’s a real treasure, and gave me a fantastic idea for my husband’s birthday. The collection of maps they have is just incredible. The site is a little outdated but it adds to the charm, given what they’re selling…clearly these folks are map aficionados who know and love what they’re doing! I’m not a “cartophile” but I can imagine that those who are just drool over this site. I easily found what I was looking for (an old map of the Polynesian islands) and was able to get a great sense of what I was buying via the description and enlarged picture. I knew it would be perfect. Ordering was easy, a gal at the shop emailed back and forth with me a few times regarding shipping status, she was super responsive and pleasant. The map was shipped promptly, arrived via priority mail within a few days, packaging was perfect, everything done with great care and attention to detail. My husband loves the map (so do I, it is super cool!). 5-star experience and I’m sure I’ll shop here again.
Sep 21, 2016 Reviewed by msplaykate
Really interesting little map place. They have lots of maps of the US but also plenty from the rest of the world. We picked up two antique maps of Scotland. Really worth a visit. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Sep 22, 2016 Reviewed by Suzanne L
Let me suggest Maps of Antiquity as a solution.
They offer several affordable options for appraising old maps; and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful in assisting you. Robert Zaremba’s expertise is evident in his detailed evaluation. Without any reservation, I would highly recommend this organization. [Posted by C. K Roberts, March 2017, New York]
Thank you so much to all of you, our wonderful customers, who made it possible for us to win Best Antiques on Cape Cod from Best of Boston Home® 2017! We truly appreciate your continued business, your kind reviews, and your enthusiasm for antique maps! You can find us mentioned in the current Boston Home® magazine, on newstands now!
“Maps of Antiquity has extraordinary items. Their service is both personable and professional.”
– William Field 11/26/16
Maps are my spouses thing. I usually grin and bear it. Not here, this place was amazing. Maps galore and knowledge here to go with it. We spent over an hour just browsing around. It was tough to leave!
Oct 11, 2016 Reviewed by Trvl4Funb455
We can’t help but brag about our incredible customers, especially when they do something creative and lovely. That’s why we just HAVE to show off this stunning headboard, made by a customer using a piece of fabric that we custom printed with George W. Eldridge’s Chart C. We worked with him to create the perfect fabric for his project, then he reinforced the back with extra fabric and put in the grommets before attaching it to the bed frame with rope. How awesome is that?!?
We can print on a wide variety of surfaces, including fabric, tile, wood, and more. In the past we have produced custom wallpaper, ceiling decor, a TV cover, tiles, tables, and now the fabric for a custom headboard! Many thanks to the wonderful customer who shared this photo with us!
Maps, whether antiques or reproductions, can truly elevate a room’s style! To prove it, we have some photos showing how we have decorated with maps in one of our guest rooms. Take a look at the photos below. We hope it will inspire some decorating creativity!
As a visitor from San Antonio, good friends who live in Mashpee took us to the map store. Maps are my favorite things, and I really didn’t expect the experience I had coming to a small house with little distinction, set back from the street in a small town. In travels across the world, I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a map store as extensive and authentic. I could have stayed all day, going through the entire collection.
Being from Texas, I inquired about maps from my area and was genuinely surprised to find an wide-ranging collection. The first map that caught my eye was an original (taken, obviously, with a binding, from an atlas), an Augustus Mitchell 1860 County map of Texas with hand colorings. I really wanted it and was serious, but the price was more than I anticipated and I had to give it some thought. In the process, the store manager showed me a recent print of the same map – a perfect reproduction indistinguishable from the original, priced less than a fifth of the original. Very tempting.
Again, after much consideration, I decided on the original. I wanted the real thing. The manager did not have to show me the print (and I would not likely have discovered it on my own). The integrity of the transaction, along with the engaging knowledge and welcoming of the manager made a memorable and immensely pleasurable experience. I will visit the store again on subsequent trips to the Cape.
San Antonio, Texas
It’s that time of year– time to relax in your coziest clothes, with a nice warm beverage, and hunker down…. so you can enjoy our Autumn newsletter for 2015!
In this newsletter you will learn some map terminology, read about the Mapping Manhattan book in our book review, and also plan your holiday shopping using our helpful shipping timeline!
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This traditional “Cape Cod” house on Main St in Chatham,Ma is situated in a beautiful garden setting. The main floor houses a huge,and fascinating collection of antique maps and reproductions. The owner, Bob and his staff are very professional and knowledgable and the maps can be matted and framed on the premises and shipped wherever needed. I found two beautiful antique maps of Ireland, but came home with a whole wish list of maps i NEED in the future. Upstairs there are guest rooms which we were privileged to stay in. Comfortable,clean and in a perfect location to Chatham and all fun places in Cape Cod. I especially loved the window seat over looking Bob’s beautiful gardens. We arranged our stay through sales and service manager Marisa who is as gracious as she is lovely. Many thanks to all,it was a wonderful experience.
Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed September 16, 2015
Spent more time than we had planned simply because there are so many interesting maps! there is something for everyone and every price point, from small reproductions to huge antiques, even antique postcards. Owner is very knowledgeable. He took extra care rolling and wrapping our purchases for air travel back home.
Reviewed November 2, 2015
We are excited to offer this 1890 copy of the 1710 “Southack Map”! It has a great style and shows from New York, and Long Island, to Cape Cod and Boston. See it here:
I wanted an antique-style map of Cape Cod, and had been looking at antique stores and shops throughout our recent visit. Maps of Antiquity was recommended to me, so we went to see what they had. I was charmed by the cottage-styled shop. The owner was so pleasant and helpful. I found exactly what I wanted, and he arranged to have my purchase shipped to my home. It arrived exactly as he promised: no delays and securely wrapped for shipping. I am so pleased with my experience, and I would highly recommend this interesting and fun shop to visitors of the lovely towm of Chatham!
C. Bergthold, Richland Hills, Texas
Visited June 2015
My family spent about half an hour in this shop, browsing the amazing maps. The owner chatted with us quite a bit, telling us a bit about Chatham (it was our first visit there), offering some recommendations for things to do there, and highlighting some items in his collections (including his oldest maps). This is a fun place for anyone to visit, and I highly recommend a stop here. It definitely stands out from the clothing/art boutiques that dominate Chatham’s downtown.
Marsha B., Exton, Pennsylvania
Visited June 2015
We had a few rainy days in the Cape, so we had to rearrange our thinking about what to do. This shop looked intriguing – and it was!! How fun to see maps dating back to medieval times. So cool to see how our world has transformed. Also, of special interest was the New England room where we found several prints from local attractions of childhood towns. Stop here if you have some time and love maps or history!! The shopkeeper was happy to have us peruse and even brought us out some maps of interest from our conversation!
Visited June 2015
We happened into this shop while driving around and were very happy that we did. The owner and his associate were so pleasant and helpful. He has a wonderful collections of all sorts of maps and great ideas on how to use them for table tops, tiles, not just framing. One can easily spend a few hours exploring.
Annie, Clifton Park, New York
Visited June 2015
We decided to purchase a map to remind us of our wonderful stay on the cape and at the Guest House. The range of maps is amazing and there is something for anyone interested in maps from around the world. The staff are excellent and went out of their way to help. Certainly worth a visit if you are interested in historical maps.
Visited June 2015 from Newcastle, Australia
We stopped by to browse and spend a short time but spent hours browsing the thousands of maps from all over the world. I haven’t had so much fun buying something in a long time. Bought an 1860 beautiful United States map that we will frame.
Visited June 2015 from South Florida, Florida
We stopped out of curiosity thinking it was an antique store, but it’s a Guest House AND if you are looking for maps this is the place to go! Maps from all over the world…and easily works of art in their own respect. They also have Vintage postcards.There are three charming and beautifully done rooms that they rent out and the rates they quoted seemed more than reasonable considering they are located right on Route 28 minutes from Chatham Center, local beaches, and the Cape Cod Bike Trail. The back yard has lovely gardens and there were lilac and wisteria blooming at the time of our visit. The owners Danielle and Robert were friendly and welcoming. We are already trying to figure out how soon we can book our next stay in one of their suites!
Visited May 2015 from Hadley, NY
My boyfriend wanted to get a map for his mother for a present so we went in here to see what they had and we were not disappointed. Not only did the owners help him find exactly what he wanted in his price range they helped me find postcards from the turn of the 20th century of my hometown in CT. I would highly recommend this place for anyone who cares about the history of cape cod and wherever they hail from.
Very cute kitty just an added plus !
Caitlin Z, Visited May 2015
When I first heard about Maps of Antiquity, I was excited but had some reservations about whether or not they would have anything I was looking for. Much to my surprise, these guys really hit the ball out of the park. These folks really know what they are doing and have access to a vast amount of resources. Who would have thought that there would be a beautiful map of the Philippines included in a US Commercial Atlas. If you like maps or items of antiquity, and you have a great sense of adventure, this is the place for you!!!
Belinda, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Visited April 2015
We found the street where we live on an old map. It was really cool. People are really friendly as well.
Visited April 2015
What a great little shop in Chatham. Maps of Antiquity is housed in a charming old structure, filled with antique prints, maps and documents. The shop owners are just as happy to let you independently browse the merchandise as they are to assist you with any search or question. There is so much of interest to look at, I could have stayed all day.
Visited April 2015
Maps of Antiquity has a great stock of maps & prints; I ordered online and was delivered my purchase within days across the Pond; One can see from the care they’ve given in packaging this fragile print that there is great passion in what they do; thank you to them
Frederic S., London, United Kingdom
Visited March 2015
Maps of antiquity is the best place to but antique maps that we have came across, and that is a lot to say coming from Europe where the competition is fierce! Maps of antique have not only a wide range and excellent quality but also a team of passionate specialists who really know a lot and truly enjoy their expertise. In addition they send maps to London where we live -the last one we ordered arrived within a week after purchase and during the Christmas period so we were very pleased and impressed with their fast turn around- We felt really lucky we came across to Maps of Antiquity and their team. Perri in particular was such a star and made it all happen so flawlessly!
Many thanks Rob, Danielle and Perri and we ll be back soon!
Cris Mardiez, London, United Kingdom
Visited January 2015