Globes: Educational Tools to Works of Art

by Christene

This page offers some of the nicest world globes available, as well as globe themed gifts and a few giant globes for you to visit.

Just Globes.
Beautiful and functional.

Look through a variety of floor and desk world globes, both decorative and educational. Various styles of globes make great gifts for children, graduates, and world travelers.

Some of these are too large for a bedroom, office, or classroom. They were built for you to visit. I'll introduce you to the The Unisphere, The Mapparium, and Eartha.

Atlas World Globe by Replogle

 Atlas World Globe

Detailed bronze resin replica of Atlas supporting the world on his shoulders.
20" H x 13" W x 12" D

World's Largest Revolving Globe

Eartha in Yarmouth, Maine

This globe weighs approximately 5,600 pounds and has a diameter of over 41 feet. It's scale is 1:1,000,000. One millimeter equals one kilometer (one inch equals 16 miles). The movement simulates one day's revolution and rotation every minute.

Eartha is in a glass atrium so it can also be seen from outside. At night, the globe is illuminated.

Visit the Eartha at DeLorme Headquarters.

Image used under Creative Commons from redjar on Flickr.


Delorme Map Store
Delorme Map Store

Illuminated Globes

Illuminated Tabletop Globe with Color-Coded Topography and Sturdy Wooden Base

Geography buffs of all ages enjoy exploring the earth with this illuminated tabletop globe that displays the countries, continents, and animals found around the world. It featur...

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Celestial Globe - Globe by day - Constellations by night

This amazing 8" Celestial Globe features Earth while in lit surroundings and then changing to a representation of the night sky in darkness. An advanced optical sensor automatic...

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Stella Nova Lisbon Illuminated Desk Globe, 11-Inch

For a classic looking world globe with a touch of contemporary flair, choose the lisbon 11-inch illuminated blue ocean world globe by stellanova. Striking design, quality crafts...

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Walnut Floor Globe by National Geographic

National Geographic Eaton Floor Globe Eaton Floor Globe

16" globe with a walnut and brass telescoping tripod base.
18" W x 16" D x 52.5" H

Get a New Perspective

The Mapparium in Boston, MA

The Mapparium is a three-story tall stained glass globe that is viewed from the inside. Standing on a bridge in it's center you experience an historical, three-dimensional perspective of the world as it was in 1935.

The Christian Science Monitor commissioned architect Chester Lindsay Churchill to design it.

Visit the Mapparium at The Mary Baker Eddy Library.

Image used under Creative Commons from Smart Destinations on Flickr.


Mapparium - Included with Go Boston Card
Mapparium - Included with Go Boston Card

Alexander Kalifano Gemstone Globes

9" Gemstone Globe with Antique Silver Commander 3-Leg Table Stand - Bahama Blue

Kalifano gemstone globes have the power to captivate because of their breathtaking beauty, fine workmanship and superior quality

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13" Gemstone Globe with Antique Silver Ambassador Floor Stand - White Opal

Kalifano gemstone globes have the power to captivate because of their breathtaking beauty, fine workmanship and superior quality

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17" Gemstone Globe with Gold Colored Ambassador Floor Stand - Amethyst

Kalifano gemstone globes have the power to captivate because of their breathtaking beauty, fine workmanship and superior quality

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Crystal Marquise by Replogle

Crystal Marquise Transparent Silver World Globe
Transparent Silver World Globe

Transparent globe bisected by a stainless steel axis base.
16" H x 12" W x 12" D

World's Largest Globe

The Unisphere in New York

Built as the symbol of global interdependence for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, this stainless steel sphere stands 140' tall with a diameter of 120'.

The Unisphere was designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke. It's centered in a circular reflecting pool and is surrounded by water-jet fountains.

Visit the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Image used under Creative Commons from P Pogo on Flickr.


Unisphere, Queens, NYC
Unisphere, Queens, NYC

Globes For Kids

Educational Insights Geosafari Talking Globe Jr.

GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. guides young children on an exciting learning adventure to introduce geography basics. Two game modes and variable subjects allow children to learn g...

Only $81.0

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Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Deluxe

SmartGlobe Deluxe Edition- Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Deluxe Edition- SmartGlobe is for PC users and is not currently Mac-compatible- Learning about our global neighbors is ea...

Only $129.99

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Educational Insights Geosafari Talking Globe

Every kid has questions about the world, and with more than 10,000 included geography questions, the Educational Insights GeoSafari Talking Globe can teach them about every diff...

$139.71  $129.0

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Globe Gifts

Gemstone Globe Wine Stopper
Gemstone Globe Wine Stopper

Blue Lapis $17.98
Mother of Pearl $17.98
Black Onyx $18.99
Red Jasper $18.99
Globe Bookends

Globe Bookends


Solid Brass
Dimensions: 4.5" W x 4.5" D




4" Black Onyx and Mother of Pearl Swirl Gemstone Globe Paperweight


Made from hand cut gemstones representing the continents and oceans of the world. Each country is individually crafted from a separate gemstone.
3 lbs.



Merske LLC Italian Mini Bar



Merske LLC Italian Mini Bar

Hand built floor globe bar.

22" diameter; 36" tall

Updated: 07/11/2015, Christene
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CruiseReady on 05/08/2015

That crystal one is just stunning! I have a small black onyx one, and have never regretted the purchase, except that I wish I had shelled out a little more for a larger one.

Rose on 09/25/2013

I love globes - they have such a 19th century explorer feel about them!

fanfreluche on 06/16/2013

My son recently got a pretty neat illuminated globes (the fun part: when you light it up you have sea monsters showing and all kind of funny stuff)

EliasZanetti on 06/16/2013

The lighted globes are great. i used to have one (I think still have it somewhere). Nice page.

fitzcharming on 06/15/2013

Vintage globes have become very collectible. Wish I'd saved some of the ones my kids had. We had a Fisher Price globe that lit up inside and it was their nightlight. I loved it and have no idea why I got rid of it.

Christene on 06/14/2013

Me too, I used to have a light up globe in my bedroom when I was little. I used it as my night light. :)

kimbesa on 06/14/2013

I love globes, especially the lighted ones!

MikeRobbers on 06/14/2013

Very nice globe collection. The Atlas one is by far my favorite.

pkmcr on 06/14/2013

I must admit the globe book ends are rather appealing - amazing to see how many variations there are available these days.

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