Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions

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Indefinite – Amsterdam
The National Maritime Museum, Kattenburgerplein 1, exhibition Maps and Marvels brings together maps, globes and atlases by Dutch cartographers from the National Maritime Museum's world-leading collection. This exhibition shows how the ships found their way at sea in the Dutch Golden Age, an­d how these voyages defined the way we see the world. Using rare and early maps and globes, visitors travel to the locations that played an important role in the Dutch history: South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. The spectacular wall map of Amsterdam by Pieter Bast, dating from 1597, forms the starting point of the exhibition.

Indefinite – Bucharest
The Muzeul Național al Hărților și Cărții Vechi [National Museum of Old Maps and Books], str.Londra nr.39 sector 1, opened to the public in 2003 and is hosted in a beautiful villa built in the 1920's. The main collection of over 1000 items belonged to Professor Adrian Năstase’s family and was donated to the Romanian state. Numerous maps are displayed on the walls of this three story villa.

Indefinite – Edinburgh
Treasures of the National Library of Scotland is a permanent exhibition of 13th- to 18th-century objects in the library's collection which can be seen in George IV Bridge building. Included are some of the first detailed maps of Scotland created by Timothy Pont more than 400 years ago. The maps chart the geography of 16th-Century Scotland including details of tower houses and castles, smaller buildings and settlements, mills and rivers and the extent of woodland and physical features such as rivers and valleys and mountain tops. They also mention landowners and other people.

Indefinite - Hershey, Pennsylvania
In today’s digital world, we’ve become accustomed to getting where we’re headed by pulling up MapQuest or Google Maps on our phone or by using a GPS system to guides us to our destination; however, that hasn’t always been the case. Since the advent of automobiles, motorists have needed to know how to get to their destination, and for many decades they relied on paper maps. Maps were given away by local gas stations, convenience stores, tire companies, banks, tourist bureaus, chambers of commerce, rental car companies, and many other businesses. Many of these businesses provided these maps as a form of advertising to get customers to visit their attraction or gas station brand. Learn more about this interesting collecting topic and see Remembering Road Maps; a display with early maps right here at the AACA Museum, Inc., 161 Museum Drive.

Indefinite - Jacksonville, Florida
The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection contains some 244 antiquarian maps of Florida and Florida cities, North and South America, and the world. It includes historical views and plates focusing on northern Florida. Most of these maps are on permanent display in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room on the fourth floor of the Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street. Additional information 813-228-0097.

Indefinite - Kozani, Greece
Kozani in the World of Maps is on display at the Municipal Map Library housed in the recently restored Georgios Lassanis Mansion at the center of the city. The historic Map Library, with its roots in 17th century, keeps a small but important collection of maps, atlases and geography books, mainly from 18th century, referred to the period of Greek Enlightenment. For example, a copy of the 1797 Rigas Velestinlis "Charta" as well as the extremely rare 1800 Anthimos Gazis world map are kept there among other maps and atlases which were never before put on public display. Contact info(at) or 2461 50635 / 2461 50632 for additional information.

Indefinite - Kynceľová, Slovakia
The Slovak Map Museum, Kynceľová 77, presents you not only the rich past and exceptional present of cartography in Slovakia, but also the traditional and modern methods and technologies that create maps. Its uniqueness lies not only in the content of its exhibition, but also in its form. It was based on the principles of the global trend of enriching experiences for visitors through interactivity, advances in high technology and modern principles of education. What would a museum be like without the history of cartography and old maps? We will look at the development of maps in the world, but of course also in Slovakia. You will also find some truly unique maps here.

Indefinite - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
What is believed to be an original map of Lake Geneva — found recently inside a historic lakefront mansion — now offers the public a rare glimpse of the city in its earliest origins. The map from the early 1840s is part of Geneva Lake Museum’s new exhibit Mapping the Past. The exhibit features about 30 maps of Lake Geneva and the surrounding area, including the original map showing Lake Geneva’s layout just after pioneers incorporated the new municipality in 1836. The majority of the maps in the exhibit have been donated by Edward Weed of the town of Linn.

Indefinite – La Jolla, California
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla is tucked into an office building at 7825 Fay Ave, Suite LL-A. The maps are displayed on walls and in cases, arranged somewhat chronologically and by themes. There’s a crude black and white drawing of the world from 1472, a vibrant “Roads to Romance” representation of Southern California circa 1958 and hundreds of other maps from all over the world. Some were used in their day for navigation, some for display, some for dreaming. There are maps that show California as an island - a depiction of an almost mythological paradise that persists, in the public consciousness, centuries later. There is a map from 1617 that shows what is now Belgium and Holland shaped like a lion - a projection of power and national pride. The maps are a part of the Stone Map and Atlas Foundation, headed by local businessman and philanthropist Michael Stone, who has been collecting maps for 20 years. Check the website for current operating hours. For additional information contact Richard Cloward (richard(at) or Roz Gibson (roz(at) at 855-653-6277.

Indefinite – La Rochelle, France
The Musée du Nouveau Monde [Museum of the New World], 10 Rue Fleuriau, is housed in an eighteenth century mansion, the hotel Fleuriau, named after the family who lived there from 1772 to 1974. The Museum features numerous old maps of the Americas as well as sculptures, paintings, drawings, furniture and decorative objects. These objects are evidence of the triangular trade and slavery with the Americas, through which the city of La Rochelle, like others, amassed considerable wealth. Part of the museum is devoted to the French conquest of the New World, especially in Canada, while evoking the Old West and Native Americans.

Indefinite – Mexico City
Museo Nacional de la Cartografia, at Avenida Observatorio No. 94, corner of Periférico Tacubaya, D.F., C.P. 11870, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, features exhibits about the general history of mapping of Mexico. Codices, atlases, navigational charts, topographic plans, and instruments used to make geodesic and topographical measurements are on display.

Indefinite - Palma, Majorca
Bartolomé March Servera (1917-1998) became an important art collector and bibliophile. The Fundación Bartolomé March established a museum, where the family residence in Palma was located for decades, to display his collection. The Palau March, located at Carrer del Palau Reial, 18, displays an outstanding collection of art and sculpture. Another of the numerous collections that Bartolomé March brought together was that of Majorcan Cartography. In Majorca, between the 14th and 15th Century, an important set of navigation charts signed by local artists was drawn up. The great majority of these charts left the island and the most famous of them ended up in public libraries or in private hands. Bringing together this collection, considered to be one of the best in the world, was an arduous task. The exhibit displayed here, with excellent documentation, brings together a very interesting collection both for its technical perfection and its exquisite ornamental effect. Included are Portolan charts by Jacobus Russus (1535), Mateo Prunés (1561), Jaume Olives (1564 and 1571), Joan Oliva (1620), and Miquel Prunés (1640).

Indefinite - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Mercator Museum, Zamanstraat 49, displays a chronological story of cartography, from ancient times to today. In this story, the figure and work of Gerard De Cremer (Rupelmonde 1512 - 1594 Duisburg) - aka Gerard Mercator - is placed in the spotlight. His rare earth globe (1541) and celestial globe (1551), recently included in the Flemish masterpieces list, remain the highlights of the museum. The rich collection of atlases, including his first Ptolemy edition 1584, shines in the showcases. The story is complemented by a carefully chosen selection of maps and atlases from the 17th to the early 20th century.

Indefinite – Sydney
Visitors to the State Library of New South Wales can explore five centuries of cartography from around the world in one place in the Map Rooms. Across two beautiful rooms visitors will find some of the most important maps, globes and navigation instruments from the Library's maps collection - arguably the most significant in Australia. One of the major highlights is a chart of the Indian Ocean and Asia — one of only four copies in the world — printed on vellum by Jacob Colom in 1633. Other highlights include: an extremely rare 1515 map by Albrecht Dürer and Johannes Stabius depicting the world as a sphere; a beautiful hand-coloured copy of the iconic nineteen counties (the legal boundaries of the colony up to that date) map produced by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1834; the 1940 Tindale map showing the distribution of Aboriginal nations in NSW; and  a selection of rare early maps showing the gradual colonisation and expansion of Sydney from a penal settlement to a bustling metropolis. The Map Rooms are located on the first floor of the Mitchell Building, 1 Shakespeare Place, open every day.

Indefinite - Tampa, Florida
The Touchton Map Library and Florida Center for Cartographic Education, at The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, is home to more than 8,000 maps, charts and other documents dating back from the early European exploration of North America more than 500 years ago up through the early 21st century. A rotating exhibition of selected maps from the collection can be viewed in the map gallery.

Indefinite - Vienna
The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library, Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 9, is the world's only institution devoted to the study of globes and related instruments like armillary spheres and planetariums. On display in eight rooms are many of the more than 460 globes owned by the Museum. Additionally there is a bilingual (German and English) multimedia presentation about globe history, globe making, and the use of globes. Additional information from globen(at) or Tel.: (+43 1) 534 10-710 or Fax: (+43 1) 534 10-319.

Indefinite – Washington
Mapping a Growing Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784 is an exhibition at the Library of Congress featuring the first map of the newly independent United States that was compiled, printed and published in America by an American. The exhibition will be located in the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Rare and historically important, the Abel Buell map also was the first map to be copyrighted in the United States. Seven copies of the map are known to exist, and this copy is considered the best preserved and, therefore, is the most frequently chosen for illustration of Buell’s work. Also on display will be four early maps of North America by John Mitchell, Carington Bowles, Thomas Hutchins and William Faden, which were created from 1755 to 1778. Buell most likely consulted these maps when he engraved his large wall map. A 1784 map of the United States by William McMurray, which was published nine months after Buell’s map, will complete the exhibition.

Indefinite – Washington
In 2011, Albert H. Small donated to George Washington University Museum, 701 21st Street NW, his unrivaled collection of 1,000 maps and prints, rare letters, photographs, and drawings that document the history of Washington, DC. A Collector’s Vision: Creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection presents highlights of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, including Mr. Small's first acquisition and other items that explore what motivates individuals to collect.

Indefinite – Williamsburg
The first large-scale expansion and upgrade to the building that houses the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg since they were first joined under one roof in 2007 is complete. Guests at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are now able to enjoy an enhanced visitor experience through a new wing that adds 65,000 square feet to the building, numerous improved amenities as well as several new exhibitions. A new exhibition Promoting America: Maps of the Colonies and the New Republic, explores how America’s indigenous peoples, flora, fauna and landscapes influenced iconography on maps of the continent and how those symbols changed, evolved or stayed the same over the course of two centuries. Featured in the exhibition are maps that date from 1590, which depicts the “New World” as a literal Garden of Eden and will be on view for the first time, to an 1822 map celebrating the relatively newly established United States as well as recent acquisitions and other maps never before exhibited at the Art Museums.

February 14, 2020 – February 12, 2023 – Oakland
We all use maps in our everyday lives—to navigate public transportation, find places to eat, and visualize big data like weather patterns or political opinions. But have you ever considered the deeper stories maps tell us? In You Are Here: California Stories on the Map, you’ll discover there’s more to maps than meets the eye. Showcasing a diverse range of maps from Oakland, the Bay Area, and California—from environmental surroundings and health conditions to community perspectives and creative artworks—experience how maps can be a powerful tool to share unique points of view and imagine a better future. Explore new perspectives of familiar places through maps made by the community, and mark your own stories on the community map inside the exhibition. The exhibit encompasses more than 50 maps divided with segmented focus on climate change, nature, public health, community projects, and maps from a personal perspective. It can be viewed in Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.

September 4, 2021 – February 2023 - Eastsound, Washington
How do you get to Orcas Island? How did the early explorers find their way before they even knew what was there to be found? The Orcas Island Historical Society’s new exhibition Mapping Orcas: The Way Home features an extraordinary collection of maps, most of which were assembled, restored, and reproduced by photographer Peter C. Fisher of Orcas Island. Also featured in the museum are exquisite, hand-drawn, original maps by the late Jean Putnam. Maps include the township section map (1888-1895) by J.J.Gilbert, a variety of geological and navigational charts, and a number of maps specially created for the “edification” of tourists and amusement of locals. Also exhibited is a reproduction of a really old map, edited by three explorers in the 18th century, that certainly verifies Juan de Fuca’s 16th-century description of the islands he saw on his voyage to the Northwestern part of the largely unknown continent. Two mid-nineteenth-century maps by John Wilkes and his expedition show great leaps in the inaccuracy of surveying and navigational methods. The Museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. It’s that cluster of log cabins on North Beach Road, right beside the Village Green. Admission is by donation.

February 22, 2022 – July 7, 2023 – Seville
The first circumnavigation of the world, which began in 1519 and ended in 1522, is the greatest exploratory feat in history, which can be compared with more recent milestones such as the arrival on the Moon. Maps and the first circumnavigation of the world / The expedition of Magellan and Elcano shows a cartographic tour of interesting aspects of the trip: its background, preparations, development and consequences. Starting from the geographical concepts of the ancients, we will go through the unexpected discovery of the American continent, the Tordesillas treaty by which Spain and Portugal shared the world, the cartographic espionage between the two Iberian powers, the spice trade as a real objective of the expedition or the first maps of the Strait of Magellan and the Moluccas Islands, all set in Spain in the 16th century. Exhibition can be viewed in Museo Casa de la Ciencia, Av. de María Luisa.

April 11, 2022 – March 29, 2023 – London
The exhibition, Magnificent Maps of London, will be at the London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road. It will be open Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm and entry is free. The Civitas Londinium, also known as the Woodcut or Agas map, was made by an unnamed map maker in the 1570s and gives a unique bird’s eye view of London, across the Thames from Southwark towards the hills of Hampstead and Highgate. This very rare opportunity to see one of only three known copies of the map will transport visitors to the streets (and fields) of Tudor London. The exhibition also includes maps created in the 19th-century showing the spread of then fatal diseases like typhoid, cholera and smallpox, which inflicted terrible loss of life in Victorian London. The exhibition will also include work by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg, John Rocque, John Ogilby and William Morgan, Richard Horwood, and Christopher and John Greenwood.

July 3, 2022 - June 24, 2023 - Montpelier, Vermont
The Vermont Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will open a new exhibit about Vermont cartographer James Wilson, A New American Globe: Geography, Identity, and Craft in Early Vermont, at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State St. The exhibit will provide a new look at Wilson and his impact on the field of cartography in the United States. This exhibit reexamines Wilson’s life and career, with new scholarship led by the Vermont Historical Society to better understand his place in history. Along the way, the exhibit will put a particular focus on the role that maps provide in our lives, and how names hold a particular power over the locations that they signify. The exhibit will feature three of Wilson’s globes: one 16 inch terrestrial globe manufactured between 1810 and 1818 in Bradford, Vermont, and two 13-inch globes from 1831 and manufactured in Albany, New York. The exhibit additionally will feature a number of items from the Vermont Historical Society’s collection related to cartography, including surveying equipment, maps (of all types and materials), and more.

July 20, 2022 – March 2023 - East Molesey, Surrey
In the early days of formal education, embroidery substituted for reading, writing and maths, so we see the use of "Map Samplers" in which girls learned writing and geography as well as embroidery. A Girl's Education in Stitch, an exhibition of the Royal School of Needlework can be visited in Hampton Court Palace.

July 22, 2022 - January 8, 2023 - New Haven
The exhibition The World in Maps, 1400-1600 presents many of the most historically significant manuscript maps from the late medieval and early modern period from the Beinecke Library’s vast collection of maps. It is focused on portolan charts - large, colorful charts that showed the shoreline of the Mediterranean, and were used by sailors to navigate from port to port. The flat display cases on the ground floor of the historic Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., enable us to show twelve large maps alongside one another to allow the viewer to make comparisons between maps made at various periods and times in the crucial years surrounding the discovery, from the European perspective, of the new world.

August 25, 2022 – March 11, 2023 - San Francisco
Mapping a Changing California: Selections from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century at the California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., shows how the history of cartography is intertwined with the formation of California as a sub-nation of almost 40 million inhabitants. Maps, in short, didn’t just lay out this topologically weird state. They all but created it. An exhibit about surveying the land, laying claim to it and, ultimately marketing it, the show includes everything from geographically dubious illustrations from Junipero Serra’s era to maps of ghost towns to mid-’60s guides to Disneyland attractions. The Gulf of California might not extend to the Oregon border, but this fake island has a lot going for it—with the acknowledgment that the discipline of cartography grew out of imperialism.

September 16, 2022 - February 4, 2023 - Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
From the copper mines of the Boundary District through to the coalfields of the Crowsnest, railways shaped the development of social, political, and economic life in the Kootenays. As the various and competing rail lines created a vast transportation network that connected east to west, it also brought calamity – cutting through Indigenous territories, causing environmental distress, and exploiting First Nations people and Chinese immigrants in work camps. Back on Track, the latest history exhibition at the Touchstones Nelson Museum, 502 Vernon Street, explores both the vast opportunities and the detrimental practices that accompanied the expansion of the railways in the west. The exhibition features artifacts, photographs, maps, and other documents from museums, archives, and individuals around the region and beyond.

September 23, 2022 - June 23, 2023 – Berkeley
Containing items ranging from handmade Indigenous maps to those based on works of fiction, Bancroft Library’s newest cartography exhibit brings a rich breadth of treasures for public display. The exhibit, Visualizing Place: Maps from The Bancroft Library, will be on display in the Bancroft Gallery. While the exhibit contains maps from around the world, there are many maps of the Bay Area and Mexico. One of the exhibit’s highlights is a hand-drawn 1776 watercolor map of San Francisco — one of the earliest maps of its kind.

September 28, 2022 - February 5, 2023 - Toledo, Spain
The exhibition Cities of the world. views and plans brings together a careful selection of views and plans of world cities throughout history, with the purpose that Georg Braun summarized in the prologue to his monumental "Civitates Orbis Terrarum" at the end of the 16th century: "What would be more pleasant than In the safety of our homes, without fear of danger, to be able to contemplate in these books the shape of the entire earth we inhabit, adorned with the splendor of its various regions, rivers, cities, and fortresses?" Exhibition can be seen at Museo de Santa Cruz, Sala de exposiciones temporales C/ Cervantes, 3.

October 1, 2022 - January 14, 2023 – Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections presents what promises to be an exciting and provocative exhibit titled The Shifting Shapes of Early Texas which will feature some highlights from its extensive collections of maps, prints, and manuscripts. Beginning with the earliest European and Indigenous contacts in the land that became Texas, the exhibit will use some iconic pieces of paper Texana to explore how concepts of the environment and its people were in constant flux over time.

October 21, 2022 - October 29, 2023 – Leiden
Are maps really that truthful or is there sometimes a different message than you initially perceive? A map is always a simplification of reality, where it is reduced, distorted and selected. This allows the reader to be sent literally and figuratively. Leiden University Libraries and the Museum of Ethnology are jointly organizing the exhibition Maps: Navigating and Manipulating. The exhibition shows maps from all over the world, in combination with works by contemporary artists. The exhibition is in the Museum of Ethnology, Steenstraat 1.

October 22, 2022 – September 3, 2023 - Rochester, Massachusetts
The Rochester Historical Society, 355 County Road, opened its new exhibit: Maps, Signs and Celebrations. This exhibit displays some of the signs and maps in our collection and connects both to people and places. Included is a pull-down Walling map of Rochester in 1856. This map probably graced a classroom wall in that era. Walling maps are prized because their creator, H.F. Walling, born in Burriville, Rhode Island, was well respected in the field of cartography. The Historical Museum will open on June – August each Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. To visit the museum in September though June, call 508-295-8908 for an appointment or email <rochestermahistoricalsociety(at)>.

October 28, 2022 – April 16, 2023 - Miami Beach
The Wolfsonian—Florida International University, 1001 Washington Avenue, charts global ambition in Plotting Power: Maps and the Modern Age, Maps make the world. Mirrors of our loftiest dreams and deepest fears, maps draw literal lines between "you" and "me," "us" and "other," more often reflecting how we see it than how it is. Plotting Power follows the use of map-like imagery for political, commercial, and other purposes in the first half of the 20th century, when the possibilities of travel and technology opened new horizons for global ambition. Featuring Wolfsonian collection items including paintings, prints, posters, industrial design, and graphic materials, the exhibition traces how maps and other representations of geography were shaped by design strategies, diverse agendas, and signature stories of modern history.

November 1, 2022 - April 2023 - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
Mapping Pennsylvania History includes never-before displayed maps which illustrate southeastern Pennsylvania, and historical events in the region from the colonial period to the early 1900s. A new exhibit at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., shows original historical and large-reproduction maps that trace the growth of the state and the city of Philadelphia, what the maps designate as “the Native American presence,” and significant historical events, such as Washington’s encampments in Montgomery County. Special maps in the exhibit include the first printed map of Montgomery County (dated 1830) and a map of Philadelphia and vicinity (1860), both on view for the first time.

November 3, 2022 - May 2023 – Lisbon
The Door to the Pacific: A cartographic journey through the Strait of Magellan is a cartographic exhibition, in Galeria Ciências (Building C4), of the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, about the construction of the image of the Strait of Magellan in the early modern period: a long, complex and discussed process, influenced by many and diverse factors, including the geographic complexity of the Strait of Magellan. 22 maps between 1520 and 1620 are displayed, documenting the evolution of the representation of the Strait of Magellan over these 100 years. This exhibition is part of the Making the Earth Global: Early Modern Nautical Rutters and the Construction of a Global Concept of the Earthproject , funded by the European Research Council (ERC) within the framework of the European Union's Horizon research and innovation programme.

November 12, 2022 - February 18, 2023 - North Devon, England
The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon tells the stories of the people and landscapes of North Devon. The exhibition Mapping Our Town accompanies the publication of a new book edited by Todd Gray, exploring 17th century Barnstaple. Highlighting a recent discovery in the Bodleian Library. A detailed map of Barnstaple during 1650 by Richard Newcourt, 200 years earlier than any known map of the area. Returning to Barnstaple, this map together with items from our own and South West Heritage Trust collections, including paintings, the Abbott family sketchbook, architectural fragments, cannon balls and documents aims to create a picture of Barnstaple in 1650.

November 17, 2022 - February 2023 – Oxford
The Bodleian Libraries, partnered with the Museum of Colour and Fusion Arts, has curated These Things Matter: Empire, Exploitation and Everyday-Racism, a new exhibition exploring the ‘devastating and long term effects’ of the British Empire. These Things Matter will showcase how maps, letters and the Bible were edited deliberately to manipulate millions of people and to justify the Transatlantic Slave Trade. These Things Matter runs in Blackwell Hall at the Weston Library and online through the Museum of Colour.

November 17, 2022 - June 30, 2023 – Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education announces our latest exhibition, Industry, Wealth, and Labor: Mapping New England’s Textile Industry. Inspired by the map library’s recent acquisition of a collection of textile mill insurance plans and historic maps from the American Textile History Museum, this exhibition addresses the temporal, geographic, and demographic components of New England’s cotton textile industry from the early 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. Please enter the Glickman Family Library and proceed through the arcade to the Osher Map Library reference room and gallery entrance at 314 Forest Ave.

December 1, 2022 - April 16, 2023 - Bruges
In 1561, the Liberty of Bruges, the largest and richest castellany in the county of Flanders, commissioned Pieter Pourbus to paint a map of its entire territory, including all the roads, watercourses, villages and towns. Ten years later, the artist-cartographer delivered his completed magnum opus to his patrons. A new exhibition gives you the opportunity to make your acquaintance with ‘The painted map of the Liberty of Bruges’ (1571). A work that straddles the boundary between art and cartography, Pourbus’ detailed map depicts the harbour landscape of Bruges at the end of the 16th century in a unique manner. In the exhibition Pieter Pourbus. Master of Maps, the painted map occupies the central position, both literally and figuratively. With the aid of a number of remarkable landscape-archaeological finds and the use of magnifying glasses and digital screens, this unique map and the lost medieval landscape it depicts will be brought back to life. Exhibition can be seen in Groeninge Museum, Dijver 12.

December 3, 2022 - October 29, 2023 - Cartersville, Georgia
Treasures of NOAA’s Ark will explore the history of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and how this federal agency has impacted people across the nation and the world. As the organization has evolved and grown over the years, NOAA has become an international leader on scientific and environmental issues. Treasures of NOAA’s Ark will feature 18th-century maps and charts and early scientific instruments. The exhibition will highlight NOAA’s legacy of science, service, and stewardship and explore how we are all connected to the environment. Exhibition can be seen at Tellus Science Museum, 100 Tellus Dr.

December 5, 2022 - March 26, 2023 - Mexico City
If you’re interested in a glimpse of Mexico City during pre-Hispanic times, or at other moments in its centuries of history, the Usted está aquí (You are here) exhibit at the Museo de la Ciudad de México, José María Pino Suárez 30, is for you. The exhibit showcases 12 historical maps of what is now Mexico City, dating as far back as the 16th century. The public will be able to see the “Map of Nuremberg” or Map of Cortés dated 1524 from the Library of Congress, in addition to the “Form and survey of Mexico City” by Juan Gómez de Trasmonte, drawn up in 1628, from the National Library of France or the “Topographic Plan of the Federal District”, drawn up in 1857 by the Commission of the Valley of Mexico City and the metropolitan area and the Plan of Mexico City, edition of 1879 by Agustín Ocampo and Agustín Arellano, among others.

December 8, 2022 - January 8, 2023 – Nicosia
The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation is hosting the Satirical Cartography Exhibition Historical & Caricature Accounts of Europe, before, during and after World War One, from Panayiotis N. Soucacos collection. The exhibition will take place at Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation ground floor space for periodical exhibitions, 86-90 Phaneromenis St. Twenty-three maps which represent three different historical time periods of the period before World War I, period during World War I, and period after World War I are displayed.

January 13, 2023 - August 19, 2023 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will have a new temporary exhibition. Building Blocks: Boston Stories from Urban Atlases shows small-scale stories of urban change. Visitors will discover how the atlas collections opens up a world of fascinating stories, with vignettes including the country’s first African Meeting House in the heart of Beacon Hill, landmarks of leisure like the “Derby Racer” and “Giant Safety Thriller” amusement rides in Revere, public health infrastructure on Gallops Island in the former South Bay, and many more.

January 13, 2023 - Indefinite – Boston
Becoming Boston: Eight Moments in the Geography of a Changing City can be seen in the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. The exhibition follows the changing spatial forms of the place we now call Boston. Maps trace out the complicated history of places, and we can use them to document geography in much the same way that we can use diaries and letters to document biography. In the eight cases of this exhibition, we follow the changing spatial forms of the place we now call Boston—from before the landscape carried that name all the way through the struggles, clashes, and dreams that continue to reshape the city today.

January 21, 2023 – April 10, 2023 – London
Discover the rich story of Spanish and Hispanic art and culture from the ancient world to the early 20th century through over 150 fascinating works including maps, drawings, and illuminated manuscripts at the Royal Academy of Arts in Burlington House, Piccadilly. Spain and the Hispanic World / Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library features the famous "World Map" of 1526 by Giovanni Vespucci; and culminates with Sorolla’s colourful, large-scale study for his monumental series of 14 paintings, “Vision of Spain”. Founded in New York in 1904, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library is home to the most extensive collection of Spanish art outside of Spain. Presented for the first time in the UK, it will offer visitors a chance to trace the great diversity of cultures and religions – from Celtic to Islamic, Jewish and Christian – that have shaped and enriched what we today understand as Spanish culture.

Last Updated on February 3, 2023 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>