Published: May 2, 2016

The University Libraries are pleased to present an eclectic mix of its maps exploring the idea of myth.  Maps range from depictions of sea creatures, fantastical animals and “exotic” peoples in far-away lands, to propaganda maps with deliberate distortions and explorer’s maps with honest mistakes. Ranging from medieval to contemporary, the exhibit showcases examples from many different cultures and geographic areas. Maps from the CU Art Museum and the Rocky Mountain Map Society’s member collections will also be on display.

Visit the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library in Benson Earth Sciences between May 2nd and July 1st to see how maps can challenge our habitual perceptions of the world.

This exhibit is part of Rocky Mountain Map Society’s Map Month 2016: “Illusions, Delusions & Confusions”. For more information, visit or email