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 – Buffalo, New York
The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. Founded in 1983 by California residents David and Marsha Karpeles, the focus was to stimulate an appetite for learning. Currently, there are 16 museums, with each one occupying a preserved building. The Karpeles Museum, Buffalo Porter Hall, 453 Porter Ave., will display maps on a three- to six-month rotation schedule. Admission is always free. For information <KmuseumBuf(at)> call 716-885-4139.

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 - Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. Founded in 1983 by California residents David and Marsha Karpeles, the focus was to stimulate an appetite for learning. Currently, there are 16 museums, with each one occupying a preserved building. The Karpeles Map Museum, Pinqua, occupies the former Church of Christ at 3039 Piqua Avenue. The map-only museum will display maps on a three- to six-month rotation schedule. Admission is always free. For information <KMuseumFtW(at)> call 260-456-6929.

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 - 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 - 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 – 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. The Museum is open Wednesday and Thursday 11-4 and the 1st and 3rd Saturday also 11-4 or by appointment for groups of four or more. 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 - 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 – 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 - 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
Exploring the Early Americas is an exhibition featuring the 1507 Waldseemüller "World Map," the first map to use the name America; and rotating items from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which includes rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. Also on display is Waldseemüller's "Carta Marina" or Navigators' Chart; and the Schöner Sammelbund, a portfolio that contained two world maps and other cartographic materials. The exhibition is in the Northwest Gallery of the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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.

September 28, 2019 - Indefinite - Windsor, Ontario
The Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Drive West, has over 600 historic maps in its archival collection. These maps include original, hand-copied and mechanically-reproduced publications dating from the early 17th century to the early 21st century. Navigating Our Way – Maps of Windsor and Essex County will highlight an extensive selection of maps, many of which will be on display for the first time.

February 14, 2020 – January 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.

October 17. 2020 – 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. The Art Museums’ new era will continue throughout 2020 with more fascinating exhibitions. Among them is Promoting America: Maps of the Colonies and the New Republic, which 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.

August 27, 2021 – May 29, 2022 – Hamburg
I am pleased to announce the exhibition Farbe Trifft Land Farte [Colour meets map] can be seen in Museum am Rothenbaum, Rothenbaumchaussee 64. A selection of wonderful maps will be on display and a (printed and online) exhibition catalogue is on the way. How and why have maps in Europe and East Asia been coloured from the 15th to the 20th century? – a question that has never been systematically researched before. New findings on the use, production and symbolism of individual colours, the transfer of knowledge between Europe and East Asia as well as the similarities and differences in the respective colouring practices will be presented. An online exhibition catalog is available.

September 4, 2021 - June 2022 - 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.

December 2, 2021 – May 15, 2022 - Union City, Tennessee
Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd., has on exhibit The Fascinating World of Murray Hudson’s Globes and Maps. It features globes and maps on loan from Murray Hudson’s collection of more than 40,000 objects. He has collected for many years and currently owns and operates Murray Hudson Antique Maps, Globes, Books, & Prints in Halls. The exhibit will include examples of vintage globes and maps from different eras that reflect what the world was like at the point in time in history when they were produced.

December 11, 2021 – May 8, 2022 – Singapore
On a 19th century Korean "map of the world", the land of women, the land of immortals, the land of those with no intestines and the land of those with one eye are marked. Unsurprisingly for its time, China, once known as the Middle Kingdom, is fixed at the centre of a cosmic circle. And there is familiarity in the inclusion of the myriad tributary states of Annam, Siam, Burma and Korea. This mix of the imaginary with the real is a world of difference from the scientific, modern maps people are used to today. The cosmographies that old maps represent were widely held by people centuries ago, and more than 60 of these works of art and history are at the National Library's latest exhibition, Mapping The World: Perspectives From Asian Cartography. The exhibition, held in partnership with the Embassy of France in Singapore, features over 60 treasures from overseas institutions and private collections such as the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Musée Guimet and École Française D’Extreme-Orient in France, as well as the MacLean Collection, Illinois, United States and the Yokohama City University, Japan. Exhibition can be viewed on Level 10, Gallery, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street.

January 15, 2022 - May 30, 2022 - San Marino
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, will present Mapping Fiction, an exhibition focused on the ways authors and mapmakers have built compelling fictional worlds. On view in the Library’s West Hall, the exhibition is timed to coincide with the centennial of the publication of James Joyce’s groundbreaking 1922 modernist novel, Ulysses. About 70 items will be on view, focused on novels and maps from the 16th through the 20th century—largely early editions of books that include elaborate maps of imaginary worlds.

January 20, 2022 - May 31, 2022 – Portland, Maine
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is excited to announce our exhibit North of Nowhere, West of the Moon: Myth, Fiction, and Fantasy in Maps. Inspired by our recent acquisition of Bernard Sleigh's six-foot long “An Ancient Mappe of Fairyland, Newly Discovered and Set Forth,” (1918) we have selected thematic maps, books, and ephemera from our collections that reflect whimsy and visionary thinking. This exhibit invites visitors to ponder the ways in which myth, fantasy, and fiction have, for centuries, provided both an escape into alternate worlds in times of great strife, as well as an opportunity to create alternate worlds and imagine new realities. The OML gallery is free and open to the public (by appointment only) Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, 10am-3pm. Gallery visits are timed tickets. To book your timed ticket, please click here. 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.

January 31, 2022 – May 6, 2022 – Munich
The exhibition Kunstmanns Kostbare Karten [Kunstmann's Precious Maps] can be seen in the ground floor of the Universitätsbibliothek der Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1. Dr. Thomas Horst (Department of Historical Basic Sciences and Historical Media Studies at LMU and Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia, Lisbon) developed a new exhibition that is dedicated to an almost forgotten, extremely versatile scholar at the LMU: Friedrich Kunstmann (1811- 1867) – historian, jurist, canonist and theologian. His studies in cartography and church history as well as a longer stay as a teacher at the Portuguese royal court in Lisbon inspired him to compile a relevant library (1,100 volumes, many of them in Portuguese), which has been in the possession of the Universitätsbibliothek der LMU. In addition to documents on Kunstmann's work in Portugal and at the LMU, selected objects from the map collection found in his estate (regional and country maps, nautical and portolan maps and hemispheric world maps) are presented for the first time. These range from valuable original prints from the 16th century to contemporary facsimiles and handwritten copies of maps, with a Portuguese manuscript map of the Atlantic showing the coast of Brazil and West Africa (1764) standing out in particular. Click here for a virtual view of the exhibition.

February 5, 2022 - May 29, 2022 - Treviso TV, Italy
Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche presents Mind the Map! Drawing the world from the eleventh to the twenty-first century, an exhibition that revolves around the concept of the map and mankind’s attempt to draw the earth’s surface using every possible form of representation. The exhibition, curated by Massimo Rossi, will be hosted at Ca’ Scarpa. The 40 pieces on display are high-definition reproductions from North American, European and Japanese libraries. The originals of the nine world map rugs of the 20th and 21st centuries, which are part of Luciano Benetton’s geographical collections, will also be on display.

February 8, 2022 – May 14, 2022 - Newark, Delaware
How do you look at a map? Do you start in the middle and work your way out, or do you begin by locating a familiar place? Each viewer approaches maps uniquely, informed by their existing beliefs and experiences. Multiple Middles: Maps from Early Modern Times features a selection of maps, atlases, and travel accounts from the Early Modern Period (between the 1500s and early 1800s). The exhibition takes narratives from the maps’ edges and repositions them as possible middles. As a result, previously unfamiliar histories and visual elements come to the fore. These objects highlight specific innovations, scientific theories, and geographical middles that their makers intentionally framed. The exhibition provides an alternate view of maps and early modern cartography. As you explore, we hope you draw parallels from the maps to today and leave wanting to explore more of the world around you. This exhibition, a collaboration between the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press and the University of Delaware’s Department of Art History, will be on view in the Special Collections Gallery, 181 S. College Avenue. No appointment is necessary to visit the Special Collections Gallery; open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

February 18, 2022 - June 5, 2022 - Portland, Maine
"Down Иorth: The North Atlantic Triennial", a collaboration between the Portland Museum of Art, the Reykjavik Museum of Art in Iceland, and the Bildmuseet in Sweden, is a fascinating contemporary art exhibition in the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, that attempts to turn the idea of the North on its head. The exhibit has a distinct geographical flavor, and, to add to the exhibit, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education curated a small companion exhibit of historic maps of the Arctic and North Atlantic regions from their collections that will be up for the duration of the show. You'll find Mapping Down Иorth on display in the elevator gallery on the first floor of the Portland Museum of Art.

February 20, 2022 - July 3, 2022 - St Andrews
The British Library is loaning a beautiful hand-drawn map of 15th-century Scotland. The colourful map depicts many Scottish cities and towns and was used by John Hardyng to illustrate his historical chronicle. Treasures on Tour: John Hardyng’s Map of Scotland can be seen in Wardlaw Museum at University of St Andrews.

February 25, 2022 – June 25, 2022 – Chicago The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, will display 19th and 20th century travel maps and guides in the exhibition Crossings / Mapping American Journeys. Whether on foot or horseback, by canal or steamboat, by train, plane, or automobile, these journeys followed common pathways. Visitors to Crossings will revisit these journeys in all their diversity, ranging from the secretive paths of those determined to escape enslavement to the pleasure cruises on the Great Lakes taken by tourists on early twentieth century coal powered boats, guided by the maps and guidebooks that enabled these journeys or bore witness to them.

March 4, 2022 – August 15, 2022 – Austin, Texas
Printing the World in Premodern Europe will be a one-room show in the Stories to Tell Gallery, Harry Ransom Center, 300 West 21st Street. Displayed will be a wide range of printed works that helped early modern Europeans think about themselves in relation to a broader world. In addition to a 1648 Joan Blaeu world map, there will be a Venice recut and reprinting (~1646) of Willem Blaeu's wall map of Africa. At the earlier end, you'll be able to see a 1472 Isidore with its T-O map, the 1482 Berlinghieri Ptolemy adaptation open to its world map, and a 1540 woodcut map of Asia from Münster's Ptolemy. In addition, visitors will be able to see a ~1601 English edition of the small-format "epitome" of Ortelius's Theatrum, a set of Coronelli's enormous 1688 and '93 terrestrial and celestial globes, a standalone print of (part of) one of his terrestrial gores from his atlas version, the Libro dei globi, and some uncut gores for tiny (~3.5") 16th century terrestrial and celestial globes by Demongenet alongside globes made with facsimiles of them.

March 4, 2022 - Indefinite - Watertown, Massachusetts
The Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main Street, exhibition in the Terjenian-Thomas Gallery Merchants and Maps highlights 17 original maps from our collection that illustrate Armenian cartography from the 1600’s to the 1900’s. Half of the maps in this new exhibition were produced in Venice by the Mekhitarist Order on the Island of San Lazzaro and were donated by Paul and Vicki Bedoukian. Extensive family networks and a gift for languages allowed Armenian merchants to dominate trade to Southeast Asia for centuries, adds Curator Gary Lind-Sinanian. This trade network understood the value of detailed maps, and many of the world maps on display are in the Armenian language. Currently we are open Friday through Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm, but check website or phone (617) 926-2562 for updated hours.

March 12, 2022 - August 27, 2022 - Washington
Before the digital age, generations of explorers, governments, scientists and travelers relied on printed maps for navigation, urban planning, military strategy and more. Drawing from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, the exhibition The Language of Maps brings together maps from the 17th to the 21st centuries, each with its own symbolic language and story. Exhibition can be seen at George Washington University Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. Open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

March 18, 2022 - December 28, 2022 – Boston The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.,will have a major new exhibition More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape. In this exhibition, we’ll be exploring how maps and geography provide a way of understanding how the control of nature has intertwined with struggles for justice. Some of these stories date from a period far earlier than modern environmentalism, like the 1684 deed in which white settlers officialized their taking of what is now East Boston as private property, or the 1878 map of “offensive odors” which shows how Boston began filling in estuaries in order to please the senses of elite neighborhoods like the Back Bay. We'll be working with both historical and modern maps to examine how to look at environmental protection and social justice as twin issues.

March 24, 2022 - May 7, 2022 - Les Lilas, France
Since the 1960s, radical cartography has largely questioned the nature of the map as an instrument for “objective” reading of the world, affirming its contextual, subjective and eminently political character. For a long time, the map was considered as a measuring tool intended to represent territories with a concern for scientific neutrality, free from any dogmatic position. However, like any tool of representation, it carries not only the choice of the information that it conceals but also the possibility of their interpretation. Any cartographer, in all objectivity, is only the witness of his time and uses the map as a communication tool. Any power, in any subjectivity, uses the map to organize its control of the territory. Representing the organization of the world is not insignificant and artists throughout the ages have confronted the construction of these images, both literally and figuratively through their sensitive approach to territories and borders. The artists brought together in the exhibition Les Territoires et la carte reverse the terms of the subject, navigating in their representations thanks to maps of real and fantasized places, by the physical exploration they make of them, confronting themselves with visible obstacles. They abandon the authorizing approach of the cartographer, crossing his legends and solid colors to make the map a meeting ground. The exhibition can be seen at l’espace culturel d’Anglemont, 35 place Charles-de Gaulle.

April 5, 2022 - September 25, 2022 – Münster
The Dutch copper engraver Remigius Hogenberg produced an engraving showing the cityscape of Münster. And he gave the council on May 26, 1570 a proof of the work just completed. The only surviving print of this copper engraving, which is kept in the British Library in London, is now being returned to Münster for the exhibition Münster 1570 – Geschichte und Geschichten aus der Hauptstadt Westfalens [Münster 1570 - history and stories from the capital of Westphalia] which is being held in Stadtmuseum Münster, Salzstraße 28. In addition, the museum shows the original manuscript by Hermann Kerssenbroick, then head of the Münster Cathedral School, which has been lost for more than 400 years. He also portrayed the "capital of Westphalia" vividly: in the manuscript created between 1566 and 1573.

April 9, 2022 - November 27, 2022 - Kingston, New Jersey
Kingston: On The Map will be exhibited from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the History Room at the D&R Canal Locktender’s House, on old Lincoln Highway off Route 27. The display uses journal entries and prints of a dozen historical maps to illustrate Kingston’s evolution, from settlement to commercial center to modern community. One map shows how Kingston moved between the colonies of east and west New Jersey. Another shows both Kingston and Princeton divided by county lines.

April 11, 2022 - October 26, 2022 – 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.

April 24, 2022 - September 1, 2022 - Osage, Iowa
Are We There Yet? Let’s Check the Maps can be seen in Mitchell Co Historical Society Museum, 809 Sawyer Drive. Featured are over 40 maps with early depictions of Mitchell County and early Iowa maps.

May 11, 2022 - June 2, 2022 – Vienna
An exhibition on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (OeAW) presents valuable map treasures and unique sound recordings from all parts of the world. The exhibition 7 Erdteile, 7 Weltmeere. Weltaufnahmen: Karten, Klänge, Kunst [7 continents, 7 seas. World recordings: maps, sounds, art] invites you on a journey through the seven continents and the seven historic seas from the late 15th to the late 19th century. The connections between cartography, voyages of discovery, European expansion and scientific development are illustrated with the help of selected, precious treasures from the collections of the OeAW and the phonogram archive of the OeAW as well as a work of art by Anna Artaker inspired by early globalization. Exhibition can be seen at Campus Akademie, Bäckerstraße 13.

June 4, 2022 - September 11, 2022 – Sint-Niklaas
The urge to explore and understand the world is one of the most fundamental human qualities. Nowhere do we see this more clearly than in the history of navigation. Mankind, driven by economic, political, scientific and religious factors, has explored the seas for centuries. From the Minoans in the Mediterranean to the Vikings in the north and the Polynesians with their stick charts to today's cutting-edge satellite technology, the ingenuity and courage of the sailors continues to capture the imagination. The exhibition Right through the sea. Navigating from 1500 to Today tells the story of five centuries at sea with an ever-growing knowledge of cartography, geography and astronomy. This exhibition, which covers almost 1,200 m² at at the Stem and the Mercator Museum, will guide you through time. Animations, replicas and interactive screens will immerse you in the atmosphere of shipping. Highlights of the exhibit include handwritten manuscripts and portolan maps, a partially recreated ship's bridge from a historic naval vessel, the world's oldest Sanskrit astrolabe, handcrafted curiosities from bored crew members on board, and one of the largest private collections of sextants.

June 11, 2022 – October 11, 2022 – Portland, Maine
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is announces our summer exhibit Vacationland: Mapping Tourism in Maine. To book your timed ticket, please click here. 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.

July 3, 2022 - June 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.

Last Updated on May 23, 2022 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>