“Maps of Antiquity has extraordinary items. Their service is both personable and professional.”
– William Field 11/26/16
“Maps of Antiquity has extraordinary items. Their service is both personable and professional.”
– William Field 11/26/16
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
Cris Mardiez, London, United Kingdom
I wanted to get my mom a map of Cape Cod for her new home on the Cape as a Christmas present. Since we live in Western part of the state, it was not going to be easy for me to go to Maps of Antiquity to see their selections. They made this process so easy for me, they provided me with photos and descriptions of maps that they knew fit my criteria. Perri who I mainly communicated with was the most pleasant and helpful person. Since I decided to pick up the framed map from the store after Christmas when we were going to be in town instead of having it shipped to my mom’s before Christmas, Perri knowing my mom was not going to see her present on Christmas even included a description and photo of the piece I purchased so that I can have my mom open that on Christmas day. When I went to the store to pick it up, Perri wasn’t there but the two people that were there on that day, were just as wonderful!
Y.C., Amherst, Massachusetts
My wife and I stopped here in mid-November and had a great time. The staff is exceedingly helpful and they have endless maps to peruse covering centuries of time. What a treat!
John B., Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
I was looking for a special personal gift for friends, to gift it to them at Thanksgiving. Through my research I came across Maps of Antiquity. I got in touch with them and they were so amazing. They are prompt, informed and meticulous. They took me through the steps and my husband and zeroed in on an antique map of the county our friends live in. We know this will be very special to them.It arrived promptly after I placed the order. It was so exciting to see a map from the mid 19th century colored by unknown hands. Its an absolute treasure. If you are looking for rare finds for yourself or to gift it to loved ones Map of Antiquity is an absolute must that you should not miss out on
Ash, Jersey City, NJ
My wife and I went to the store to look at maps of Nepal. There were 4 people in the store and we didn’t realize all of them worked at the store. I asked one of them if she had any maps of Nepal and she produced a couple. Soon I realized that all 4 of these people were hunting for Nepal maps and they produced several. What fantastic service! We spent about 2 hours in the store talking to all of the helpful staff about a variety of subjects. It made a rainy morning very memorable.
B & A, Boston, MA
I had emailed the store about a couple of maps we had seen on their website, and their responses were always prompt and extremely helpful. When we arrived not only did the map we chose look even better in person, but the frame they had used was amazing quality.
One of the owners spent the time to go over the map with us, going over the details within the map, the creator of the map, year made, etc. Overall it was an excellent experience and this map will make a wonderful best man gift for my fiance’s brother, who live on the cape. I highly suggest stopping by this shop! We’ll definitely be back.
L.C. Boston, MA
My husband and I rushed here after our whale watcher cruise hoping to find something nice to remember our anniversary weekend. We arrived about 30 minutes before the shop closed. I expected to have a quick browse then hurried out the door. That did not happen. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful. We weren’t sure what exactly we wanted, so they pointed us to the direction of different maps and we began looking. They have a wonderful inventory, so many interesting maps to look at. We quickly got lost in the maps and could have stayed there for hours!! Next time we visit Chatham we will have to allow more time at Maps of Antiquity. It truly is a must see if you are in the area. The owners are knowledgeable and will help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Rebecca K., MA
This is a wonderful map store. They have maps from all over the place and everything is very organized and easy to look through. If you’re looking for something specific they will help you find it and show you some specialty things that aren’t out. They have a wide range of original maps and reproductions and variable price points. If you need something shipped, framed or rolled to take back while traveling it isn’t a problem. I look forward to stopping in the next time I’m in the area.
Abby J., GA
We have visited Maps of Antiquity several times over the years. We have purchased maps there as well as having some restorations, including cleaning and a fairly complex restoration which involved restoring a missing piece that someone had cut out of an 1855 map of our hometown. We have also had framing done there. All dealings with Danielle and Robert have been friendly, courteous and professional. We always stop in when we are on the Cape.
Alton E., MA
I found maps of Antiquity online. Their range of maps and comparative maps is astonishing. Service, shipping and correspondence was professional. I can highly recommend this to map-freaks like me but also to others with more general interests in history, geology and geography. It’s a treasure!
My husband’s job brings us to different countries every 2-4 years, and each country becomes part of our family’s memories and journey. We were desperately looking for an antique map of El Salvador, but could not find a verifiably genuine map anywhere, although there are plenty of fakes floating around. Were delighted to find a beautiful map via Maps of Antiquity website, and had it professionally framed with them. Not cheap, but absolutely worth it. Now, two years later, I have just purchased another map, and communication was easy, with timely and thorough replies for emails. A very reliable, unique and most excellent place. Can’t wait to visit in person one day, and will keep on making online purchases from them meanwhile. Highly recommend.
Svetna, South Korea
The staff was very friendly and welcoming–even told me as a first time visitor what was where. They asked me what I was interested in and helped me find something. I will make it a point to come back here on any future visits to Chatham, that is, if I don’t return on this trip!
Reviewed August 20, 2014
Recently I read about Maps of Antiquity. Being of a curious nature, I went to their website and found the most beautiful maps dating back centuries. My wife and I take frequent trips to Jamaica and I found the most beautiful map of Jamaica, circa 1821. Upon its safe arrival in short time I took it to have framed and the framing was more than the map! The service was also fantastic. Buying a map from Maps of Antiquity was a great experience and I will do it again. Mark Bryant, Paducah, Kentucky
Helpful owner/staff will let you browse but will be ready to answer questions. Antique and reproduction maps.
We found this place on trip advisor and were excited to check it out. We showed up just after they closed but the owners were so friendly they invited us in anyways to poke around, even after we told them we were “just looking”. The place was packed full of so many original maps from so many places from all years. I felt like a kid looking through them all. We ended up almost buying several but settled on a very cool repro map of cape cod. Well worth the trip we made out of our way and they were so knowledgeable and patient with all our questions!!
Extremely professional and knowledgeable staff! The framed and matted map is exactly what I was looking for. I will certainly be a repeat customer.
We ordered an automobile road map printed in 1900 of Cape Cod and the Martha’s Vineyard area. Given the age and the fact that older auto maps are often ruined along the folded edges, I called to get a clear description of the condition of the map. The map arrived beautifully packaged, on time, and in the exact condition described. I would definitely buy another map from Maps of Antiquity.
-William C., Bernardsville, NJ
“I’M THRILLED! The ‘piece’ arrived about 1/2 hour ago and is already hanging on the wall. I couldn’t be more pleased – it’s magnificent! Thank you all for everything. The only reason I stumbled on your website is because of the VISTAPRINT ad on television for business cards……just checking to see if the people in their ad are real….they are! Then your business was of interest since I’ve always loved maps and geography. On a whim, I clicked search for WHATELY and the rest is history. This entire experience has been awesome – you are wonderful people to do business with. Thanks again.”
-David from Smyrna, DE, 03/30/14
We were cleaning out the upstairs of our house in preparation for renovations and we came across an old map of Palestine that my husband had for 30 years. We contacted Maps of Antiquity and they were interested in purchasing the map. They were so nice to deal with. The check arrived as promised and for more money than they originally quoted us. Great bunch of people!
-Cindy, Elliottsburg, PA
For Christmas I bought a map of the Harwich Port area from Maps of Antiquity for my son who now lives in Austin,TX, and has several old maps of other places he has lived. He was so excited and thrilled to receive this 1907 map of his grandparents town where he spent many happy summers. Danielle and Bob enthusiastically helped me find just the right map for him. Thank you!
We ordered a one of a kind map transferred on to tile set in a cherry coffee table base as a Christmas present. This had never been done by the artist who was making simpler tables for Maps of Antiquity. Danielle never failed to keep us informed of the tables progress and was determined to have this present ready for Christmas. The final touches were still being completed on Christmas Eve but Maps of Antiquity arranged to have the artist deliver it in person on Christmas morning. It is fabulous!!! What great customer service. A rare thing in today’s world.
During a summer trip to cape cod, we were fortunate to stumble across this unique shop. We just loved exploring the maps of yesteryear. Well, when it came time to find a unique Christmas gift for my husband, Maps of Antiquity was the firtst place that came time – not a big impersonal ‘box store’. Viewing and purchasing from the website was easy and pleasant. My map arrived just days later, in a secure and sturdy tube. I can’t wait for my husband to unwrap his antique map on Christmas morning. Thank you.
We went into Maps of Antiquity thinking we’d be able to pick out a souvenir map in a couple of minutes for our kids as a gift. However, the owners of the store spent 30 minutes with us picking out the perfect treasure and pirate maps that our kids will love for years to come. If you’re looking for the perfect way to remember your trip to Cape Cod (and don’t want the typical cheesy tourist souvenirs) visit Maps of Antiquity and you won’t be disappointed.
My wife and I are both nautical fans. I grew up on Cape Cod and she grew up in Maine. The team at Maps of Antiquity were extremely helpful in finding charts for both regions. Not only was I able to buy the charts, but the team did a phenomenal job mounting and framing the work. Pieces of art! They were a hit with the wife!!
oh, and they can put the maps or charts on tables or make tiles as well! I think I found my next gift!!
My husband has an uncanny knack for guessing what his Christmas gifts are, so this year I was determined to find something he would never think of but still love. I stumbled across Maps of Antiquity online and found the perfect gift when I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for. I don’t know anything about maps so I was very excited when I found one of sailing routes and lighthouse locations around New Brunswick in 1906. Since my husband is from that area, loves sailing and lighthouses, this was a no brainer! There was no picture, but I sent an email to ask for one and that night the website was updated with one and an email was sent to me to let me know. I looked on other websites to compare product and prices and no one else had anything close to what I found here, and no one else had reasonable prices either. I got the map less than a week after I ordered it and it was very securely packaged and labeled fragile, so there was no chance of it being damaged during shipping. The sales people here were courteous and prompt and I would definitely do business with them again. The map is even more perfect than the pictures portrayed, and I’m so excited that I’m not sure I can wait for Christmas!
We were looking for an old map of Cape Cod and the Islands to hang above our fireplace and we found just what we were looking for at Maps of Antiquity. Everyone there was so helpful. They customized our map’s matting and framing and even offered to help us hang it. The finished product looks absolutely beautiful and we couldn’t be happier. If you would like to make a statement in your home with an elegant wall piece, look no further than Maps of Antiquity.
Maps from off Cape also. Nice for the decor; refreshing amongst all the “water” and “flower-type” wall hangings out there. Knowledgable, friendly owners. Bought a nice CC Map for our Den!
I had a wonderful experience looking through the various maps online. When I requested to see a few maps that did not have images, pictures were sent to me almost immediately. I selected one as a gift and once it arrived it certainly exceeded all expectations and was a huge hit on Christmas morning. Thank you!
Love maps and maps of Antiquity is a favorite destination – they can customize sizes and on some maps customize color as well, they also offer framing and are quite adept of helping you select the perfect compliment to your map. They are knowledgeable, friendly and timely. A fun stop in a charming cape house!
I found Maps of Antiquity online after searching for an old, nice map for my boyfriend for Christmas. They were so pleasant and helpful in helping me find exactly what I wanted and my map arrived exactly in the shape noted and on time. I highly recommend going through this lovely small business for all of your map needs!
The NC/SC Antique Map I ordered was nicely framed and fairly priced. The service was excellent and my order was shipped in a timely manner.
Great experience! Super staff. Comprehensive inventory. Meticulous shipping, Helpful, calm manner of business, Highly recommend their shop. As a first time trip the cape it was a nice surprise and added to our holiday and now several pieces of art are gracing the walls of our home.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Danielle + Bob at Maps of Antiquity. They helped us pick out a great antique map, from afar, that we gave as a wedding gift to dear friends. Danielle was extremely responsive over the phone, and Bob did a professional (and quick) job matting and preparing the map. My only regret is that I didn’t give myself enough time to browse their wonderful collection at the Chatham shop — this shop is a must see, a treasure chest of wonderful maps with equally wonderful owners.
I will surely call Danielle + Bob the next time I need a map!
I’ve gotten maps here for birthday and wedding presents and they went over so well. Bob, Danielle, and Kathryn are incredible helpful–I got the birthday present in person and the wedding present online and both processes were incredibly easy. They helped me find exactly what I was looking for and brought out additional maps that I might be interested in. They have a very, very large selection of maps, so you can find practically anything you want. They also framed the wedding gift and shipped it for me and did a great job with that–my package was on a train that derailed and the package had a gash in it when it arrived to my friend, but the map itself was safe and sound because it was packaged so well, attributable to Bob and Danielle’s care, as well as the expert shipper they went to. Definitely check it out, as these maps make great gifts and decorations and are just plain cool to look at and learn and talk about!