Google releases the Google Maps Gallery, with solid support for Google Earth

Google has just launched the Google Maps Gallery to help “unlock the world’s maps”. It’s an impressive collection of maps of various kinds, easily accessible in one place.

Google Maps Gallery

The maps all have a “View in Google Earth” button to generate a KML for your use, and some of them (such as this Tokyo 1680 map) have slick transparency sliders to make them more useful. As Keir Clarke at Google Maps Mania points out, the maps are all embeddable as well and makes it somewhat like a “YouTube for maps”.

There are some great maps in there and I strongly encourage you to check it out. You can browse them all at or read more about it over on this post on the Google LatLong Blog.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. This certainly is a step in the right direction, especially after the concerns raised by Frank Taylor in his 25 February GEB post.

    I tried the ‘hot’ National Library of Scotland historic large scale maps of London via the KML and it is a real bonus to explore them with Earth functionality, although the NLS service is already very good. I did not find a transparency slider on the Earth version, though it is there on the Maps version and on the NLS site itself.

    Hopefully more maps will be contributed and that then Google will enhance their ‘explore’ facility.

  2. Very interesting, I encourage people to check out Esri’s powerful storytelling medium. Esri has developed tools and techniques to make it easy for you to tell your stories. On ArcGIS for Storytelling,, you can search and discover a selection of story maps created by the story-telling community and by Esri. You can filter the gallery by app, topic and author, or explore an interactive map of location-specific story maps created by Esri and the community. Also available is ArcGIS Online,, where you can quickly create interactive maps and apps and share them with the rest of your organization. Creating an account is free and you do not need to apply – allowing you to be productive right away with ready-to-use content, apps, and templates available for browsers, smartphones, and tablets.

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