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Best World Wall Maps

little child in captain hat spreading hands to world map

Geography is one of the most important subjects for both children and adults of all ages to learn. Maps allow everyone to become familiar with the location of various countries and continents, mountains, rivers, oceans, climates, distances and other topographic information.

At the Bee, we love including geographical terms and place names on our study and competition lists due to the many languages they draw from, the usefulness to students and the way they can be windows into other parts of the world. World wall maps are extremely useful and work as a visual aid that can be incorporated as an educational tool for parents, teachers and inquisitive children on their own. The world wall maps below stand out for their quality, design and durability.

Most Durable

48×78 World Classic Premier Wall Map Mega Poster Laminated (Office Product)

List Price: $32.90 USD
New From: $32.90 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

This is a laminated map, making it very durable. Unlike other types of lamination, the heavy film stays flat without curling. It’s also crack- and peel-resistant. The laminate is thin enough to allow holes to be poked through when mounting with tacks. Bright colors are used with cartographic detail to make specific countries stand out, and the 3D ocean and land topographic shading is a highlight. As one of the largest world maps on the market, it is ideal for both classroom and home use. The white border makes it look professional and enhances the design once on display.

Best Value

RMC Classic United States USA and World Wall Map Set (Laminated) (Office Product)

List Price: $39.99 USD
New From: $29.90 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

A great value with two different parchment paper maps included. One map depicts the United States of America and the second features the world. The maps can be used in a business, home or classroom. Each country on the world map and each city on the U.S. map is clearly labeled along with latitude and longitude coordinates. With the U.S. map, students can enjoy viewing the mountain ranges and elevation changes that are visible due to the color-matching topography. State capitals and national parks are included as well as time-zone indications.

Best Clarity

Rand McNally Classic Edition World Wall Maps (Map)

List Price: $12.99 USD
New From: $12.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $12.99 USD In Stock

This world wall map stands out for its classic, vintage style and rustic features. Antique-style graphics add an upscale touch along with the map’s color-matching topographical detail, making it easy to locate various mountain ranges. The map comes rolled in a sturdy tube and can be stored or transported in the packaging. Its exact dimensions are 50 inches by 32 inches and it unrolls easily without any creases or wrinkles. Additional highlights are the map’s clarity of detail and thick paper, making it less prone to wrinkling or tearing.

This world map is customizable, allowing travelers to scratch off specific countries they’ve visited and dream about the next place they’ll visit. Underneath are bright, bold color shades that pop against the matte black background. A scratch tool and stickers are included, along with a drawstring pouch. It makes for an excellent gift for world travelers (or aspiring world travelers) and can be used as a work of art in the home or office.

Most Versatile

24×36 World and USA Classic Premier 3D Two Wall Map Set (Laminated) (Office Product)

List Price: $24.99 USD
New From: $29.90 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

This classically designed wall map set can be used in classrooms, offices and homes. The maps’ large, stunning graphics with bright colors make specific states and countries easy to recognize. The world wall map and the U.S. map are both updated and printed on 100-pound, durable paper. One of the best features of the U.S. and world map set is the 3D visual terrain, which makes it easy to identify mountain ranges. Each map comes tightly rolled in the packaging, which prevents it from creasing. When wipe-off markers are used to draw or write on the product, the ink wipes off easily, which makes these maps convenient to use in educational settings or when planning a trip.

Expert Commentary

“Allowing children to learn geography in an interactive manner is crucial if you want to plant the seeds of global awareness when they are very young. Laminated maps work very well if you are concerned about dirty hands or spilled substances, and both of these happen — especially with younger children. If you can connect the maps with other stories you are reading, it can help both the story and the map come to life.”

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.