Use Story Maps to Inform and Inspire Your Audience

Story maps combine interactive maps and multimedia content into elegant user experiences. They make it easy for you to harness the power of maps to tell your stories.

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Featured Story Maps

Get ideas for your own story maps from these examples created by a growing community of authors. View more story maps in our Gallery.

Get Started!

Story maps are lightweight, open-source web apps. They combine web maps created using ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based mapping system, with multimedia content—text, photos, video, and audio—to let you tell stories about the world. Start by browsing our list of apps to choose what type of story you want to tell.

Browse the Story Map Apps

How Do I Build a Story Map?

Each story map web app has step-by-step instructions for creating and publishing your story. Some apps are available hosted on ArcGIS Online. Others can be downloaded and configured. No developer skills are required, but JavaScript developers can easily customize any of the apps.

See the Six Steps to Publishing Your Story Map

Get Inspired!

We've collected some of the best examples of story maps into groups organized by theme. These collections make it easy to find story maps about subjects you are interested in and to get ideas for your own story maps.

Explore the Collections