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January 27, 2017 – January 15, 2018 –
Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, the special exhibition Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, traces more than 400 years of Texas history. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the formation of Texas, from an unnamed frontier in the New World, to a small outpost of New Spain, to the huge, bustling state that now leads the nation. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State will be in the Hamill Gallery and feature maps dating between 1513-1920. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.
September 14, 2017 - January 16, 2018 - Leiden
Asia is home to many different cultures, which share important characteristics and are diverse at the same time. The exhibition Mapping Asia, in University Library Leiden, Witte Singel 27, investigates a number of the most conspicuous features, such as language, education, urbanization and natural resources. Each characteristic obviously connected to the others. Politics and especially migration have been instrumental in shaping some of these features. How does migration influence the development of cities? Is globalization one the factors in the disappearance of indigenous languages? These and more questions are discussed in this exhibition. This is not an exhibition on historical maps, but an exhibition in which various aspects of Asia will be highlighted using cartography and GIS mapping tool. The exhibition shows several attractive maps on a specific theme especially made for this exhibition, including prints, books, photographs and maps.
October 12, 2017 - January 27, 2018 - Canton, Georgia
The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce our new temporary exhibit, Mapping Cherokee, Featuring the 20th Century Map and Photo Collection of Lat Ridgway, in the Cherokee County History Museum, 100 North Street. The exhibit focuses on land surveyor, Lat Ridgway, who worked during in Cherokee County during the 1950s-70s. Open W, Th, F 10-5 Sat 10-3.
July 1, 2017 – January 28, 2018 – Tampa
There are a few different dates that may be mentioned concerning the beginning of communications between Florida and Cuba: the 1850's when the McKay family began shipping cattle from Tampa's Ballast Point to Havana, 1886 with the arrival of the cigar industry and the founding of Ybor City or in 1959 with Fidel Castro's takeover. But the history reaches back further. Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection, the new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, shows definite threads between the Sunshine State and the island for over the last 500 years with over 50 maps, both rare and original, lithographs and other documents. One map, published 1511, shows a crude representation of the "isla de beimini," the native Indian name for Florida, by Peter Martyr, a Spaniard who had traveled with Cristopher Columbus. Other maps depict fifteenth- and eighteenth-century Spanish and British occupations of Cuba and Florida, nineteenth- and twentieth-century development of rail and steamship lines and Cuban tourist maps from the thirties and today.
November 3, 2017 - January 28, 2018 – Madrid
The writer Robert Louis Stevenson once said that he had heard of strange men who were not interested in maps, but did not believe in their existence. Undoubtedly, maps are fascinating objects. Its magnetism is universal. Their appeal comes from the illusion they generate, from their great evocative power: the loneliness of a remote island, access to an unfamiliar region, the omniscient and panoramic view. The Biblioteca Nacional de España, Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22; maintains invaluable cartographic finds: manuscript maps, incunabula, engravings, atlases, nautical charts and hundreds more. The exhibition, held in Sala Recoletos, Cartografías de lo desconocido [Cartographies of the unknown] contains more than two hundred works from the BNE itself and from other Spanish institutions. All of them give shape and allow us to imagine priceless or remote things. They are the medieval mapamundi or the letters of the discoveries. There are maps that show non-existent places and others that reflect invisible phenomena.
September 4, 2017 - January 31, 2018 – Seattle
Curated by Sandra Kroupa, All Over the Map: From cartographs to (c)artifacts is a celebration of cartography, geography, and travel throughout history, showcases all areas of Special Collections, including a wide range of maps, travel literature, decorated book covers, photographs, manuscripts and more. Exhibition can be seen at Special Collections, Allen Library South Basement, University of Washington Library.
October 18, 2017 – January 31, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale,
100 Maps That Changed the World: Discovery of the Americas and the Establishment of the United States can be seen Cotilla Gallery, second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. The exhibit features rare maps and atlases from the 15th through the 18th century from the collection of the Asbury family. The maps were selected to illustrate the European discovery of the Americas and the exploration and mapping of the American colonies up and through the American Revolution. The exhibit contains maps by such famous mapmakers as Sebastian Münster; Gerardus Mercator; Abraham Ortelius; the Hondius family; Joan Blaeu; etc.
October 19, 2017 - February 12, 2018 – Moscow
(‘Karty zemel’ Rossiyskogo Severa: real’nost’ i miphy’) [Maps of the Lands of the Russian North: Reality and the Myths] can be seen at Russian State Library, Ivanovsky Hall. Catalogue, edited by Art Volhkonka (207 pp., ills). ISBN 978-5-906848-46-8. Within one space, there are collected manuscript and printed maps, which represent the history of the development of the Northern territories from the 16th to the 21st century. There are old and modern atlases, General maps of the Russian state and maps of provinces, navigation charts and maps of expeditions, educational illustrated maps, preserved in the collections of the two largest libraries of the country – the Russian State Library and the Russian National Library, as well as artifacts from the private collection of the collector Andrey Kusakin. In the age of gadgets when we do not hesitate to use maps in tablets and smartphones, an old map on the wall or in the world atlas remains close to a miracle. It takes you back for a few centuries and makes you think, how was happening the discovery of continents and islands, conquering of mountains, overcoming of forests and seas, and contacts of different civilizations. Development of the vast expanses of the North is one of the most exciting stories of world history. Exhibition in the Ivanovsky Hall demonstrates how gradually expanded the knowledge about cold and unapproachable Russian North, how the white spots of mysterious Tartary were filled in with the real outlines of coasts, mountains and islands, how in the map appeared the names of the pioneers - explorers – Willem Barentsz, Semyon Dezhnev, Vitus Bering. And often the cost of move from myth to reality, from ignorance to knowledge was a human life. The pearl of the exhibition is "Drawing Book of Siberia", which gives an idea of the Russian cartography before Peter the Great. It is the earliest domestic atlas, extant, created in 1701. It does not yet have parallels and meridians, the North may be on the bottom, not at the top; the shape of the land was made "by patrol", "by talks" and "by interrogation" of service people, locals and travelers. There is an exhibition catalogue, edited by Art Volhkonka (207 pp., ills), ISBN 978-5-906848-46-8. Project Manager – Natalia Samoylenko; Curatorial group – Lyudmila Zinchuk, Lyudmila Kildyushevskaya. Designer of the exhibition – Eric Belousov.
October 13, 2017 - February 18, 2018 - San Francisco
The California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, has two simultaneous exhibitions: Alexander Hamilton: Treasures from the New-York Historical Society that examines the life and prolific career of now-popular American statesman Alexander Hamilton (c. 1755–1804) and his lasting influence on shaping the foundation of the modern United States; and Meanwhile Out West: Colonizing California, 1769-1821 that explores Spanish Colonial California during the period of Hamilton's life. The exhibitions implicitly ask the questions: Who tells the story of the United States? Who tells the story of California? Meanwhile Out West: Colonizing California demonstrates that pre-conquest, much of what we know as the Southwest and west coast of the United States was the home of hundreds of thousands of Native people and the edge of the Spanish frontier. This exhibition explores the history of the region now known as California during the Spanish era, which roughly coincides with Alexander Hamilton's life and the nation's founding, through exquisite art and manuscripts drawn from CHS's collection, and artifacts borrowed from the Autry Museum of the American West, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and the Museum of Mission Dolores. The treasures from the CHS Collection include manuscripts created by Spanish military commanders and missionaries, lavishly illustrated folio volumes recording European voyages of exploration to California and the Pacific Northwest, and rare maps illuminating changing geographic understandings of California and the quest for the Northwest Passage.
October 25, 2017 - February 18, 2018 – Cambridge,
Whether in illusions of curling corners, ripped insets, or overlapping sheets, cartographers have long enticed us to reach out and touch their creations. The exhibition Look But Don't Touch: Tactile Illusions on Maps invites you to learn more about the relationship between touch and sight in the representation of abstract space and how those visual illusions have traveled the world. On view in Pusey Library, M–F, 9–5, and Saturday, 10–2.
September 29, 2017 - February 24, 2018 - Fribourg
The Library of the University of Fribourg, Joseph-Piller 2, has the exhibition Freiburg à la carte. Die Stadt von 1822 bis heute. The exhibition provides an overview of the history of the cartographic as well as the persons and associations that have been in Fribourg since the beginning of the 19th century to the present time.
September 30, 2017 - February 25, 2018 – Boston
Humans have been delving below Earth’s surface for tens of thousands of years. From the earliest maps of the spiritual underworld made by ancient man, to digital maps of the seabed produced today, the human need to explore and envision the world beneath our feet is age-old. The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street exhibition Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below will show you how ancient Romans carved vast underground catacombs, how minerals and natural resources have been studied, engineered and transported since the 19th century, how today’s scientific and cartographic advancements have enabled us to picture the entire ocean floor, and what lies below the streets of Boston. As you explore nearly 400 years of maps and images of the world below, you can compare the historical viewpoint with the modern, and see how we have advanced our perception and depiction of what lies beneath.
January 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018 - Bilzen, Belgium
Erik Van Hove is a patron of Bilzen's library and a collector of historical maps from the 16th to the 18th century. His beautiful maps of our regions, Historische kaarten aflevering 3, Fricx, are exhibited in the exhibition space in the Bibliotheek Bilzen, Eikenlaan 23.
September 13, 2017 – March 4, 2018 – Leiden
The Museum of Anthropology (Museum Volkenkunde) organizes a special gallery exhibition: Mapping Asia. The reason is that Leiden University, the City of Leiden and all its partners are celebrating Leiden Asia Year. About 30 objects, maps and objects on which Asian countries are depicted illustrate that maps are much more than you would think at first sight. Maps are not objective. We assume that they only show how an area looks. But what you see is the vision of man behind it, the creator and the client. They have portrayed how to think about a particular area: what is to be found and who is the boss for example.
November 3, 2017 – March 11, 2018 – New York
The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the exhibition Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. The exhibition uses maps, hand drawn and hand printed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, to illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War. The New York Historical Society has added rarely seen manuscript and printed maps from its premier collection to what is a remarkable selection of maps at the core of the exhibition traveling from the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Among the additions are a selection of maps drawn in the field by Robert Erskine, Geographer and Surveyor General of the Continental Army, and his successor Simeon Dewitt, and a copy of John Mitchell’s Map of the British and French Dominions in North America with the Roads, Distances, Limits and Extent of the Settlements (1755) to which John Jay added red lines to indicate proposed boundaries during the negotiations of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
October 10, 2017 - March 18, 2018 – Seville
Based on the discovery of a manuscript of the eighteenth century by the architect José Matías de Figueroa, of the River Guadalquivir, the Library of the University of Seville organized the exhibition Guadalquivir. Maps and stories of a river. Image and look. The exhibition can be seen in the General Archive of the Indies, Avenida de la Constitución, 3. Curated by Professor José Peral, the exhibition shows a wide selection of cartographic material, printed books and manuscripts, historical works and recent photographs from the Library of the University of Seville, Archive General de Indias and more than twenty institutions.
February 27, 2018 - March 24, 2018 - Deanscurragh, Longford,
Longford County Library, Heritage and Archives Services will host the opening of a very interesting exhibition entitled A History of Longford Town through Maps. The exhibition has been prepared by Martin Morris, County Archivist, and is based on the Longford fascicle of the ‘Irish Historic Towns Atlas’ by Sarah Gearty, Martin Morris and Fergus O’Ferrall, which was published in 2010. The Atlas traces the town’s history with particular reference to a number of maps produced from the 1600s onwards.
November 24, 2017 – March 29, 2018 – Cambridge
An exhibition Landscapes Below; Mapping and the New Science of Geology can be seen in Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library. Featuring the biggest-ever object (1.9mx1.6m) to go on display at the Library: George Bellas Greenough's 1819 “A Geological Map of England and Wales” (the first map produced by the Geological Society of London), as well as a visually stunning collection of maps from the earliest days of geology – the exhibition explores how these new subterranean visions of the British landscape influenced our understanding of the Earth. All the maps belonging to the library are going on display for the first time. Admission is free. Opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-16.30pm.
February 19, 2018 - March 30, 2018 - Milledgeville, Georgia
The Georgia College Museum of Fine Arts, 120 South Columbia Street, hosts the Thomas F. and Janice C. F. Armstrong Antique Map Collection. The Museum is proud to present You Are Here with antique maps from the Thomas F. and Janice C. F. Armstrong Antique Map Collection. This exhibition showcases 40 French, Italian, English, German and American maps that depict the growth of the southern states of America - most particularly, Georgia. Map dates range from 1760 to 1870. Each map contains the state of Georgia, many of which include Milledgeville as the state capital.
October 28, 2017 - April 2, 2018 - Laufenburg, Switzerland
The Museum Schiff Laufenburg, Fluhgasse 156, has an exhibition Historische Karten der Region (Hochrhein region) [Historical maps of the region]. Open Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00; Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 17:00. Admission free!
February 14, 2018 - April 2, 2018 - Thessaloníki Two years after some of the rare, 333-year-old maps of the Aegean Archipelago commissioned by Louis XIV of France were found in the Thessaloníki University Library – and led to the discovery of the remainder of the collection in the historical archives of the French defence ministry – an exhibition of the reunited map collection has been organised in the northern Greek city of Thessaloníki. The exhibition Archipelago 1685-1687 in the maps of Louis XIV was organised by the Thessaloníki University library in collaboration with the French Consulate in Thessaloníki and the AUTH Cartography Workshop. It was inaugurated at the Telloglio Arts Foundation. It features 39 rare, hand-drawn French maps of the Cyclades islands of exceptional quality and technique – which demonstrate the influence of classicism on cartography – as well as 28 panoramic works of art.
April 5-11, 2018 - Prague
An exhibition in Prague's National Technical Museum will present unique ancient documents and Czech collection items that were recently put on the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register, such as the Kynzvart daguerreotype, the Janacek archive and the Camocio maps collection. The Czech-Maltese Camocio maps collection highlights the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. According to experts, it is the only issue preserved in Euro-American collections. It helped experts reconstruct the whole cycle of combat reports from the crucial battle of Malta after 450 years. The collection of the maps, whose author was Giovanni Francesco Camocio (1501-1575), is kept by the Charles University's Faculty of Sciences.
January 2018 - April 14, 2018 - Martin, Slovakia
Old maps of Europe and Slovakia can be seen at the Literary Museum of the Slovak National Library (Slovenská národná knižnica, M. R. Štefánika 11). The exhibition shows a collection of maps and graphic representations of Europe and Slovakia from the 15th to 18th century. Included are maps created by Slovaks such as Pavol Kray, Samuel Mikovíni, Andreas Erik Fritsch, Samuel Krieger and founder of Hungarian Scientific Geographic Statistics Ján Matej Korabinský. They were mainly representations of upper-Hungarian (Slovak) cities and regions that were part of Slovak Matej Bel’s work (one of the most significant European scientists of the 18th century and founder of modern geography in the Hungarian kingdom).
January 16, 2018 – April 14, 2018 - Cambridge,
Maps enjoy a long tradition as a mode of literary illustration, orienting readers to worlds real and imagined. Presented in conjunction with the bicentenary of the Harvard Map Collection, the exhibition Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration brings together over sixty landmark literary maps, from the 200-mile-wide island in Thomas More’s Utopia to the supercontinent called the Stillness in N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. Visitors will traverse literary geographies from William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County to Nuruddin Farah’s besieged Somalia; or perhaps escape the world’s bothers in Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. At this intersection of literature and cartography, get your bearings and let these maps guide your way. Exhibition can be seen in Edison and Newman room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard.
February 17, 2018 - April 15, 2018 – Venice
In cooperation with the International Coronelli Society of Vienna, the Biblioteca Marciana will mount a special exhibition, The Image of the World, in honour of Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718), the celebrated Venetian map and globe maker who died three hundred years ago. Prof Marica Milanesi, whose recent book on Coronelli was reviewed in Maps in History n° 58 (May 2017), is responsible for the exhibition concept, with the support of Dr Orsola Braides (Marciana) and Heide Wohlschläger (Coronelli Society). On display will be maps and objects of Coronelli's life from the Marciana, as well as globes from the Rudolf Schmidt collection. A tri-lingual catalogue (Italian, English, German) will be published by Marica Milanesi and Heide Wohlschläger as a special edition for the members of the Coronelli Society. Venue: Salone Sansovino, Biblioteca Marciana, Piazetta San Marco. Additional information from <heide.wohlschlaeger(at)coronelli.org>.
April 26, 2017 - April 20, 2018 – Madrid
La evolución de la imagen del Mundo [The evolution of the image of the World] can be seen at National Geographic Institute, (Access by the Map House) C / General Ibáñez de Ibero, 3. Starting from the first geographical references of ancient Greece, which considered a flat world, we will pass through the spherical Earth proposed by prominent names such as Aristotle and Eratosthenes. Next are the "T and O" maps and the nautical charts of the Middle Ages. Then there is the rediscovery of Ptolemy's Geographia in the Renaissance, followed by the great oceanic explorations that finished delineating the world as we know it today.
March 19, 2018 - April 20, 2018 - Bengaluru, India
India has always been a diverse country, with a coming together of people, culture, cuisine and history. But, this diversity didn’t just happen overnight, and all of us didn’t just come together from different parts of the globe or the country without a deeper phenomenon at play. This meeting of diverse cultures was made possible because of the ordinary map! They mapped India, gave Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru a country to fight for, and here we are now, liberated and free. This latest collection showcased at the Indian Institute of Science called India on our Mind is art gallery owner Prashnt Lahoti’s collections of maps that were instituted to acquire, preserve, interpret and share the spread of Indian civilisation’s heritage across continents and cultures.
March 26, 2018 - April 30, 2018 - Summerdale, Alabama
The Marjorie Younce Snook Public Library, 202 W Broadway Street, in conjunction with Alabama’s 200 Bicentennial celebration, is exhibiting a collection of maps of the state documenting its changes before and after statehood was established. On loan from the Birmingham Public Library, Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps explores 450 years of Alabama history through more than 50 maps carefully selected from the library’s world class cartography collection. The exhibit is located in the events room of the Marjorie Younce Snook Public Library, and will be open to the public during the library’s normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.).
April 17, 2018 - May 1, 2018 - Doha
The first Qatar National Library Heritage Library exhibition will display a wide range of items from the collection that illustrate the spread of ideas throughout the Islamic world, as well as documenting interaction between Arabs and the West through the centuries. The exhibition features books, manuscripts, maps, globes, and travelers’ instruments, telling the story of Qatar, along with the history of science, literature, women, writing, travel, and religions in the region.
April 20, 2018 - May 4, 2018 - College Station, Texas
Texas A&M Libraries obtained a rare map of Texas made by Stephen F Austin himself. According to researchers at Texas A&M, the map was printed in 1830 and is the first map of Texas printed in the United States, and the second map ever printed depicting the state. The map shows many of the colonies, such as Austin colony, that existed during the time period. The map will be shown in the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, 400 Spence St., every Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.
April 6, 2018 - May 5, 2016 – Seoul
Yongsan: The Unreachable Land, a new exhibit at the Yongsan War Memorial, 29 Itaewon-ro, Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, provides a catch-up lesson on the more than a century of history most Koreans have missed out on, and gives a sneak preview of what's on the other side of those concertina-wire-topped walls. The exhibit documents past history through maps and images dating back to Joseon, as well as showing what's to come, but it doesn't leave out the legacy built here.
November 18, 2017 - May 6, 2018 - Harrisburg,
Thaddeus Mortimer Fowler was the most prolific Victorian-era panorama artist. During a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Fowler produced more bird’s eye views of American cities and towns than any other artist. Over half of his more than 400 town views depict communities in Pennsylvania. The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St, new exhibit T.M. Fowler’s Pennsylvania Bird’s-Eye Views, 1885-1905 will showcase a sampling of original Fowler lithographic prints produced between 1885-1905.
March 7, 2018 – May 6, 2018 - Athens
The Benaki Museum of Greek Culture (1 Koumbari & Vassilissis Sofias, Kolonaki,) presents an exhibition — Travels in Greece (15th-19th Century). It includes manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, drawings and documents, from the Efstathions Finopoulos Collection which was donated to the museum and is one of most important of its kind. The exhibition showcases rare editions, manuscript maps, and drawings ranging from the arbitrary renderings of early centuries to the accurate depictions of later years.
March 23, 2018 - May 9, 2018 – Florence Valletta Capitale d’Europa is the title of a specialised exhibition in the Sala dei Gigli in the town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio. The exhibition showcases Malta maps from the MUŻA cartographic collection including two of the Camocio Siege Maps that have just made it to the Unesco Memory of the World Register. The focused selection of maps on display present the story of Valletta, from the Great Siege of 1565 to its development into a fully fledged military fortress by the end of the 18th century.
March 16, 2018 - May 11, 2018 - Delhi, New York
Drawing the Line: Maps of Delaware County, an exhibit of historic maps, can be seen at the Delaware County Historical Association, 46549 State Hwy 10. This exhibit includes a sampling of the Association's collection of maps from about 1800 through the 1960s. Surveyors’ tools will also be on display.
October 21, 2017 – May 21, 2018 - Grenoble, France
The Alps of Jean de Beins / Maps to landscapes (1604 – 1634) can be seen at Musée de l'Ancien Évêché, 2, rue Très-Cloîtres. Jean de Beins, engineer of the king, drew between 1604 and 1634, a detailed cartography of Dauphine. His works, of obvious artistic quality, depict various aspects of the province in the seventeenth century, evoke the military issues of territorial control, but also recall that he was one of the pioneers of modern cartography. The exhibition presents in a documented way about sixty maps, manuscript or printed, from major European institutions such as the British Library and the National Library of France. Archives documents from the funds of the Grenoble Municipal Library, the Departmental Archives of Isère and the Municipal Archives of Saint-Egrève enrich the subject.
February 2018 - May 25, 2018 - Boulder, Colorado
The Earth Sciences & Map Library, University of Colorado Boulder, 2200 Colorado Avenue, has an exhibition A Century of Views of Colorado: 1820-1920". Displayed are items ranging from government exploration artists' views to commercial birds-eye views to early maps with vignettes of Colorado communities. Some of the items are quite early for Colorado, and rare, so you might enjoy seeing them for the first time.
March 21, 2018 – May 26, 2018 - New York
Washington Map Society member J. C. McElveen will be curating an exhibit of his maps and books at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, entitled “Westward the Course of Empire” Exploring and Settling the American West. The exhibit, in the 2nd Floor Gallery, will feature some maps and travel narratives from the 17th and 18th Centuries, but the focus of the exhibit will be on exploring and mapping the American West in the 19th Century, from Lewis & Clark to the Pacific Railroad Surveys. Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Exhibitions are open to the public free of charge.
February 27, 2018 - May 27, 2018 - New Orleans
In commemoration of the city’s 300th anniversary in 2018, The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, will provide a multifaceted exploration of the city’s first few decades and its earliest inhabitants with New Orleans, the Founding Era, an original exhibition and bilingual companion catalog. The exhibition will bring together a vast array of rare artifacts from THNOC’s holdings and from institutions across Europe and North America to tell the stories of the city’s early days, when the city consisted of little more than hastily assembled huts and buildings. Beginning with the region’s Native American tribes, through the waves of European arrival and the forced migration of enslaved African people, the exhibition will reflect on the complicated and often conflicted meanings the settlement’s development held for individuals, empires and indigenous nations. The display will feature works on paper, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, scientific and religious instruments, paintings, maps and charts, manuscripts and rare books. These original objects will be complemented by large-scale reproductions and interactive items. Admission is free.
March 23, 2018 - June 2, 2018 - Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open its second exhibition that explores spherical representation of the world and its scientific instruments, from antiquity to the present day. The exhibition, Globes: Visions of the World is curated by Bibliothèque nationale de France. The exhibition will display 160 works from the collections of Bibliothèque nationale de France and outstanding loaned works. More than 40 globes and spheres, rare archaeological remains, magnificent scripts, astrolabes and splendid world maps are expected to take visitors back to 2500 years of history of the world.
March 24, 2018 - June 2, 2018 - Maysville,
Cartography: The Art of Map Making can be seen in the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, 215 Sutton Street. One can see how mapping progress from the mid-18th century through the mid-19th century. You will see examples of the early maps made by frontier surveyors. Though few accurate western details can be seen in some early maps, the Bowen and Kitchen maps of the 1780’s and two of the Laurie and Whittle maps of the first half of the 1790’s that are on display show major geographical elements. Details such as the Great Lakes and the Ohio River and some of its tributaries “are readily discernible…even if the shapes or outlines are not perfectly true.” Our Lewis Evans’ map of the Middle British Colonies shows much greater detail. The French soldier, explorer, and spy, Georges Henri Victor Collot came right through Maysville to sketch and map the first road west of the Appalachians; the road from Limestone to Frankfort. This map, that was supposed to be used by the French military, is on display with great detail. You will even see Collot’s map in Steve White’s painting featured along with other magnificent paintings of history throughout the exhibit. Other maps in the exhibit show a later and more detailed Kentucky as well. The Museum is closed on Sunday & Mondays and is open 10-4 Tuesday-Friday and 10-3 on Saturdays.
December 9, 2017 - June 3, 2018 - South Brisbane, Queensland
A Braille globe sits on display at the State Library in South Bank, well-worn from the numerous fingers that have run across its surface. It’s one of many Braille models, maps and toys Richard Frank Tunley created over 50 years from the 1920s, providing an educational resource and joy for the vision-impaired children of Brisbane. In 1924, Mr Tunley helped establish compulsory education for blind and deaf children and was instrumental in establishing the Braille House at Annerley in the 1950s. His Braille maps and globe are part of the exhibition Magnificent Makers on display in the State Library Queensland, Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4, South Bank.
March 19, 2018 – June 8, 2018 - Baton Rouge
Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections presents the exhibition, Made in New Orleans: The Past in Print, on display in Hill Memorial Library. The exhibition commemorates the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Crescent City. Made in New Orleans: The Past in Print showcases items from our collections that were printed or published in New Orleans. This eclectic mix of materials — ranging in date from 1805 to 2009 — serves as a metaphor for the city. Broadsides, books, tickets, newspapers, photographs, calling cards, brochures, maps, and reports, written in English, French, Spanish, German, and Vietnamese, document a variety of topics of interest in the city’s long and colorful history. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
March 16, 2018 – June 10, 2018 - Bowlees, Newbiggin, Barnard Castle, United Kingdom An original example of a map produced by the 'Father of English Geology' has gone on display as part of a new exhibition. Visitors to Bowlees Visitor Centre, in Upper Teesdale, were the first to see geologist William Smith's map as part of a new geo-heritage project launched by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership (North Pennines AONB). The travel map, which was produced in 1815, is at the centre of the AONB's Earthworks project. It is the world’s first countrywide geological map and often known as the map that changed the world as Smith, a surveyor and engineer, travelled the length and breadth of Britain collecting data to create “A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with part of Scotland.” The exhibition takes visitors through the evolution of geological mapping, from Smith’s ground-breaking work, to modern maps. Contact Bowlees Visitor Centre on 01833-622145 or email mandy(at)northpenninesaonb.org.uk for more information.
January 22, 2018 - June 15, 2018 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
A colorful pie chart created in 1805 by the inventor of statistical graphs, William Playfair, to show the then-proportions of the states, territories and provinces of the United States. Maps and charts of Manhattan in the early 1930s prepared by the Slum Clearance Committee of New York. Illustrations of the location, size and shape of sunspots that Galileo observed by projecting the sun onto paper through a telescope. A map to visualize the number of prostitutes in each of Paris’s 48 quarters in the early 1800s, as famed hygienist Alexandre Jean Baptiste Parent-Duchâtelet explored the connection at the time between prostitution and public health. These are some of the dozens of charts, graphs, maps and other images on display in Linderman Library, Leigh University, 30 Library Drive, as part of an exhibit titled, At a Glance: Selected Works in the History of Data Visualization. The items are on display in the library’s main reading room, the Café Gallery on the ground floor, and the Bayer Galleria on the third floor.
April 27, 2018 - June 17, 2018 – Prague
The exhibition features a selection of old maps, plans and geographical atlases from the collection of the Hořín-Mělník branch of the Lobkowicz family. This collection, including cartographic manuscripts and prints from the period 1579-1880, was purchased by the Czechoslovak state in 1928 together with the Prague Lobkowicz Library. Now they are kept in the collections of the Manuscript and Early Printed Books Department, National Library of the Czech Republic. Displayed are some of the oldest cartographic colour copper engravings, early lithographies, or first language maps and probably the oldest printed railway map on the territory of Habsburg monarchy. Displayed are also manuscript maps of the Lobkowicz estates, made in collaboration with significant cartographers of the 19th century, and also maps connected with the life and work of the Lobkowicz family abroad. Exhibition can be seen in the Klementinum Gallery - Exhibition Hall, National Library of the Czech Republic (entrance from the Mariánské Square, Gate B2); open Tuesday - Sunday: 10.30 am - 6 pm.
May 22, 2018 - June 22, 2018 - Tbilisi, Georgia
A selection of unique maps of Georgia over the last 20 centuries is set to present the history of geographers’ understanding of the country at the State Museum of Literature of Georgia. Throughout month, organisers of the display Georgia on Old Maps will seek to illustrate the evolution in what has been promoted as "the first cartographic exhibition of the kind” in the country. It will feature copies of over 60 maps from some of the leading libraries and museums across the world.
February 24, 2017 – June 24, 2018 - The Hague
The world of the Dutch East India Company can be seen at The National Archives, Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 20. This exhibition marks the digitization of the archives of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The archives are spread across various countries around the world and a large portion is preserved in the National Archives. They contain a wealth of information and have served as a unique source for research for many years. The National Archives brings this remarkable material together for the first time in a single exhibition. Visitors are taken on a voyage past two hundred years of history of unique maps, ships' logs, letters and drawings. For this exhibition fifty unique maps and charts are on display.
To July 2018 - Carson, California
A permanent exhibition of antique maps has opened on the second floor of the California State University Dominguez Hills University Library, 1000 E. Victoria Street. Entitled Where Are You From? the exhibition documents the vast information that be gleaned from maps. Looking for New Granada? Since it is now the country of Columbia you probably can't readily find it on MapQuest, although it is represented on a map now on display in the library. Need to find where Russian Tartary or "Hindoostan" was? You can find them in the exhibition. With 15 maps dating from 1747 to 1946, the exhibition covers the entire world. These maps show how the world was viewed throughout the last 250 years and surprise the viewer with accuracy as well as inaccuracy and whimsy. They invite praise for their art and design, confusion when a familiar place is named something else and serve as a gateway for critical thinking. The maps are part of the Library's Archives and Special Collections Map Collection. Additional maps are on display in the on the fifth floor. The Library collaborated with the Promoting Excellence in Graduate Studies Program to put the exhibition together. The maps can viewed during regular library hours.
July 13, 2017 – July 2018 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Museu Histórico Abílio Barreto, Avenida Prudente de Morais, 202, has an exhibition O Desafio Cartográfico do novo / Belo Horizonte – Cartografia de uma Cidade Planejada [The Cartographic Challenge of the New / Belo Horizonte and the Cartography of a Planned City]. This exhibition of manuscript and printed maps reveals the diversity of documentation that was produced during the construction of the new capital by the end of the nineteenth century. Topographical maps, cadastral surveys, and numerous maps document the development of Belo Horizonte.
May 5, 2018 - July 15, 2018 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Recently two globes made by Mercator, one terrestrial and the other celestial, were found at the University of Lausanne. After restoration, the globes are now displayed in the Musée Arlaud, Place de la Riponne 2bis. The exhibition Terra Incognita confronts two worlds beyond the centuries: that of the Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator and that of the visual artist Lausanne de Francesco. Both combine technology and aesthetics, abstract thinking and the most minute craftsmanship to reflect their times. The interactions generated by this meeting between heaven and earth, where the sea takes a huge place at a time when migrants in distress reach the island of Lampedusa (a work of Marco de Francesco testifies directly), will be fueled by the look and curiosity of the visitors. The process of authentication and restoration will be presented, as well as the added value of the "Mercator system" in the history of cartography.
September 2017 – July 16, 2018 - New York
The New York Public Library’s extensive map collection includes a treasure trove of artistically creative cartography. When maps are embellished with pictures, as they have been since mapping began, we receive geographic information in richer, more engaging ways. Illustrated maps of New York are especially effective in offering exuberant and evolving views of a burgeoning metropolis. It seems only right, after all, that such a flourishing city be depicted with all manner of visual flourishes. Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC features a diverse selection of illustrated maps spanning six centuries, from Manhattan’s earliest days as the hub of a new Dutch colony to a lighthearted depiction of the city in the 22nd century. Exhibit can be seen in Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave), First Floor , Room 117.
May 21, 2018 - July 19, 2018 - Centre, Alabama
Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps, a collection of more than three dozen historic maps that depict Alabama’s history is on display at the Cherokee County Public Library, 310 Mary St. The special exhibit is part of the library’s salute to the Alabama Bicentennial. It is located in the library’s conference room and is open to the public during regular library hours. The collection has been assembled by the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library. A grant for display costs has been provided by the Alabama Bicentennial Committee. A majority of the maps were gifts by collector/historian Rucker Agee. The earliest dates from 1545 and shows the eastern part of what is now the United States, as well as South America.
November 14, 2017 - July 2018 - Ithaca, New York
Maps are powerful and engaging forms of visual communication. They show us our world, and the myriad smaller places within it. Maps simplify, scale down, and organize what otherwise would be too large, too distant, or too complex to be seen. Maps fulfill a multitude of functions, and are used for a variety of purposes. Political maps, railway maps, waterway maps, soil maps; from cross-sections of lake water depth to trolley routes; maps are irresistible and invaluable resources for learning about our environment in all its tremendous diversity. The Maps of Tompkins County can be seen at The History Center in Tompkins County, 401 E. State / E. MLK Street • Suite 100. This exhibit displays a sampling of The History Center's map collection from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Open Tues. Thurs. Sat. • 11AM – 5PM. Also by appointment. First Friday of Every Month • 5PM - 8 PM.
March 28, 2018 - August 5, 2018 – Paris
L'épopée du canal de Suez / Des pharaons au XXIe siècle [Suez Canal / Forty centuries of epic since Pharaoh Sezostrees’s III time] can be seen at Arab World Institute, 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard. This exhibition was tailored to celebrate the passing of 150 years since the inauguration of the Suez Canal. Included are 170 pieces that depict the Suez Canal’s story from Sezostrees III era to date. The exhibition contains manuscripts, maps, models, miniatures, rare films, art paintings, and old newspaper clippings.
June 9, 2018 - August 5, 2018 – Shanghai
A century of change on Nanjing Road East highlights the changes in the downtown area. The exhibition can be seen in Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, No.100 Renmin Main Street. Included are over 2,000 photos. Seven maps dating back to 1884 will also be exhibited and compared with a contemporary map of the downtown area.
April 27, 2018 - August 28, 2018 – London
James Cook: The Voyages can be seen in PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road. To mark 250 years since Captain James Cook’s ship Endeavour set sail from Plymouth, the exhibition will tell the story of Cook’s three great voyages through original documents, many of which were produced by the artists, scientists and seamen on board the ship. From Cook’s journal detailing the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle to handwritten log books, stunning artwork and intricate maps, chart the voyages, which spanned more than a decade, and explore the experiences of people on the ship and in the places visited. Our collection of original maps, artworks and journals from the voyages, alongside rare printed books and newly commissioned videos, seek to shed new light on the encounters that completed the outline of the known world and formed the starting point for two centuries of globalisation.
August 20-31, 2018 - Aberystwyth, Wales
This August sees the 450th anniversary of the death of Humphrey Llwyd (1527-1568), credited by some as the inventor of Britain. Llwyd’s many achievements include, producing the first published map of Wales. To mark this anniversary The National Library of Wales will be mounting an exhibition, Humphrey Llwyd the man who put Wales on the map, to show some of his works and explain his many achievements.
May 26, 2018 - September 1, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario
Massive maps that were smuggled out of France and likely used by the British to help defeat Napoleon are on display at McMaster Museum of Art for the first time. Welcome to the Gentleman, Soldier, Scholar & Spy: The Napoleonic era maps of Robert Clifford, a remarkable display of Napoleonic era maps collected by English nobleman and sometime spy Robert Clifford (1767-1817). The 20 colourful and artful maps, which date from early 1700s until the early 1800s, were smuggled out of France more than two centuries ago by Clifford and used by the British to help defeat Napoleon. They were acquired by McMaster in 1969, and many are being shown publicly for the first time.
May 9, 2018 - September 3, 2018 – Washington
The first major traveling exhibition dedicated to the arts of the Swahili Coast, World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean can be seen at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue, SW. The exhibition presents more than 160 artworks brought together from public and private collections from four continents. These works reflect on the diverse interchanges breaking the barriers between Africa and Asia in a space that physically connects the Smithsonian's African and Asian art museums. The exhibition features a range of works from intimate pieces of jewelry to impressive architectural elements including exquisitely illuminated Qur'ans, carved doorposts, furniture, maps, and other works. These works are recognized for not only their artistic excellence, but also how they visualize wide-reaching networks of mobility and encounter.
May 16, 2018 - September 3, 2018 – Paris
The National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet, 6, place d’Iéna, is offering for the first time a cartographic exhibition, Le monde vu d’Asie, that tells another story of the world, fully embracing the Asian point of view. The masterpieces, famous or unpublished, testify to the richness of the different traditions (China, Japan, Korea, India, Vietnam, etc.) and the fruitful exchanges between the different Asian regions; as well as between Asia and France and the rest of the world. These maps and iconographic representations (paintings, engravings, manuscripts or objects), often relegated to the status of exotic documents, appear here as true works of art and precious historical sources, which shed light on the decisive role of Asia in the process of globalization from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. They show the cosmographic constructions, pilgrimage routes, discovery routes, imperial gestures, urban projects, and colonial expansions, all cultural phenomena and social practices involved in the invention of Asia, which yesterday as today, is at the center of the world.
April 2018 – September 9, 2018 –
Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton, a text-based exhibition at the George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St NW, captures some of the 18th-century parlance that sparked Lin-Manuel Miranda’s word-drunk show. Assembled primarily from Antonia M. Chambers’s private collection, Breaking News includes 18 newspapers and pamphlets — including “The American Museum” — published in or just after Hamilton’s lifetime. These are supplemented with maps and historical information. Among the maps on display is a copy (from the GWU Museum’s holdings) of the 1790 street plan for Washington devised by Pierre “Peter” L’Enfant.
September 6-16, 2018 - Rayleigh, England
Rayleigh Town Museum, 91 High Street, will be holding an exhibition on historic Maps of Essex from 1576 to coincide with “Heritage Open Days.” The exhibition will feature a number of original maps, such as the three John Ogilvy “strip” maps of Rayleigh dating to 1675, which are known as the original A to Z maps.
February 17, 2018 – September 17, 2018 - San Antonio
The Witte Museum and Texas General Land Office leaders are excited to announce Connecting Texas: 300 Years of Trails, Rails, and Roads, a new collaborative exhibition. This exhibition highlights the complexity of the pathways that symbolize the many cultures that found a place in the land we now call Texas and is another way to reflect on the past 300 years of San Antonio’s history. The exhibition will be in the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St., and feature maps that examine how explorers, Native Americans, armies immigrants and early settlers moved in, around and across Texas over the last 300 years.
June 8, 2018 - September 23, 2018 - New York
Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders can be seen at The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue. Monsters captivated the imagination of medieval men and women, just as they continue to fascinate us today. Drawing on the Morgan's superb collection of illuminated manuscripts, this major exhibition, the first of its kind in North America, will explore the complex social role of monsters in the Middle Ages. Several maps with monsters are displayed.
February 3, 2018 - September 26, 2018 – Seattle
The Log House Museum, 3003 61st Ave. S.W., will host a map exhibition Navigating to Alki: Early Maps of the Duwamish Peninsula. The maps depict the growth and development of the northern Duwamish Peninsula, from its first inhabitants until its annexation by Seattle in 1907.
April 14, 2017 – September 30, 2018 –
Joan Blaeu's map of the world, dating from 1648, one of the absolute highlights of National Maritime Museum, Kattenburgerplein 1, is on view for the public. Its size is impressive – over 2 by 3 metres – and at the time it displayed the most up-to-date knowledge of the world we live in. This version of the map is absolutely unique. After being hidden away for a long time, the map is once again open to the public as part of the exhibition The world according to Joan Blaeu | Master Cartographer of the Golden Age. The world according to Joan Blaeu is a supplement to the popular Atlases exhibition.
December 5, 2017 – September 30, 2018 - Tainan,
One of only six known maps remaining in the world that demarcate zones of residence of the Han from those of the Aborigines on Taiwan during the Qing Dynasty is being exhibited at the National Museum of Taiwan History, in the Display Education Building, 4th Floor. The map, which it would have taken up to five years to draw, is one of 70 ancient cartographic pieces in the exhibition Taiwan History in Maps at the National Museum of Taiwan History. Other maps include a map of Taiwan drawn under Emperor Daoguang, who reigned from 1820 to 1850, and maps marking areas managed by Presbyterian missionaries in the final years of the Qing Empire.
January 2018 - September 30, 2018 - Huissen, Netherlands
The Stadsmuseum Hof van Hessen, Vierakkerstraat 39, will be showing Kaarten van Gelre en Kleef [Maps of Guelders and Cleves]. The exhibition is of original maps from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Because Huissen was once on the border of both regions, it is on maps of both Gelre and the Betuwe (on the east side) and maps of the Duchy of Cleves (on the west side).
March 24, 2018 - September 30, 2018 – Boston
Boston boasts some of the nation’s most recognizable and cherished green spaces, from Boston Common, to the Emerald Necklace, to hundreds of neighborhood parks, playgrounds, tot lots, community gardens, playing fields, cemeteries, and urban wilds. Breathing Room: Mapping Boston’s Green Spaces can be seen in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. In this exhibition, you will learn how the country’s oldest public park grew from a grazing pasture to an iconic recreational and social center, how 19th-century reformers came to view parks as environmental remedies for ill health, how innovative landscape architects fashioned green oases in the midst of a booming metropolis, and what the future holds for Boston’s open spaces.
August 3, 2018 - September 30,
2018 - Dundas, Ontario
Finding Your Way: Our History in Maps! can be seen in Dundas Museum & Archives, 139 Park St W. The display will capture the Town of Dundas and the City of Hamilton from the early explorers to the current day. The exhibit includes a number of original maps from both our archival collection, as well as the collections of private collectors and other institutions.