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Indefinite - 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.
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 12 museums and one map museum nationwide, 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)aol.com) call 260-456-6929.
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 - Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
The story of how Hawaii found its place on the map in the mid-Pacific is a tale filled with discovery, adventure and conflict. When European explorers first entered the Pacific, they found that the great ocean had already been mastered by navigators whose nautical skills rivaled their own: the Polynesians. The presence of the Polynesians throughout the ocean's isles was testimony to an extraordinary seafaring heritage. The Story of Hawaii Museum displays antique maps, prints and ephemera from the Polynesian Migrations to the 21st Century in an attempt to explain the history of Hawaii. The Story of Hawaii Museum Gallery & Museum Gift Shop is open 7 days a week and is centrally located at the first level of Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 W Kaahumanu Ave.
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)kozlib.gr 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)lajollamapmuseum.org) or Roz Gibson (roz(at)lajollamapmuseum.org) 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 Cartografía, 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 – Montreal
History and Memory showcases almost 500 artifacts, images, archival documents, and early maps from the Stewart Museum’s vast collection showing the influence of European civilizations in New France and North America. The planispheres, star charts and maps of North and South America and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans amply illustrate the expanding geographic knowledge gained by Europeans as they made their way across continents, that until then, had remained terra incognita. Added to these artefacts is a major collection of globes and navigation instruments: mariner’s compass, traverse board, nocturnal, astrolabe, sundial, and maritime hourglass from the 18th century. The Stewart Museum is located at the British military depot on St. Helen's Island, Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Indefinite - Raleigh, North Carolina
Capital Cartography: A History of Raleigh in Maps can be seen at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street. This exhibit showcases over two hundred years of Raleigh’s development through a collection of historic maps. Looking at maps as more than way finding tools, visitors experience cartography as a reflection of the times and the draftsmen who crafted them. The exhibit features 14 maps that reflect over 200 years of the Capital city’s history.
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 - 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)onb.ac.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.
Indefinite – Washington
The Historical Society of Washington is delighted to present a new exhibit, Window to Washington, featuring the Kiplinger Collection, the most important donation in the organization’s 188-year history. The exhibit explores the development of our nation’s capital, from a sleepy southern town into a modern metropolis, as told through the works of artists who witnessed the city’s changes. The exhibit can be seen at the Society's Kiplinger Library on the second floor of the historic Carnegie Library building in Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K Street, NW - the District’s original, never segregated Central Library - directly across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The exhibition draws from the strengths of the Kiplinger Collection in early maps and birds-eye views, 19th and 20th century prints, mid-20th century oil paintings, watercolors, and photographs. Upon entering the exhibition one first sees a print of the first published version of Pierre L’Enfant’s famous 1791 map depicting the gifted French architect and urban planner’s vision for a capital city worthy of comparison with those of great European nations. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments for group tours can be made by contacting the library (library(at)historydc.org).
April 2014 - April 2018 – Amsterdam
Go on a journey with the maps and atlases that forever changed how we see the world. The exhibition, The Atlases, shows you top pieces from The National Maritime Museum's extensive collection of maps and atlases. Get acquainted with the four pioneers of cartography: Ptolemy, Mercator, Claesz, and Blaeu. These map makers and publishers produced maps and atlases that forever changed how we see the world. Exhibition can be seen in the East Wing, National Maritime Museum, Kattenburgerplein 1.
February 2016 - through 2018 - Austin, Texas
The Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave, exhibition Mapping Texas: Collections from the Texas General Land Office is an exhibit throughout the year of maps from the Texas General Land Office. Maps change quarterly.
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.
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.
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.
July 1, 2017 – November 1, 2018 – Pittsburgh
Few objects from colonial America had such a personal connection to their owners as the powder horns used by soldiers, settlers, and American Indians to store the gunpowder necessary for their survival. The Fort Pitt Museum, 601 Commonwealth Pl, will reveal the stories behind these delicately carved objects as part of a new exhibition, From Maps to Mermaids: Carved Powder Horns in Early America. In a world where firearms were necessary tools, the powder horn – made from the lightweight and hollow horn of a cow – served as the constant companion of thousands of frontier residents. While powder horns kept gunpowder dry, many owners also recognized the smooth surface of the horn as the ideal place to leave their mark. They etched names, dates, maps, and war records, as well as purely whimsical figures, into the objects. Many carved powder horns found in Pennsylvania in recent decades illustrate stations along the Forbes Road and include some of the earliest first-hand depictions of Fort Pitt. A 1764 powder horn depicts the Forbes Road between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The horn is signed by Jno. Fox, who may have been a soldier in the Royal American Regiment stationed at Fort Pitt.
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.
September 2017 - April 9, 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
December 5, 2017 - August 12, 2018 - Tainan, Taiwan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 2018- December 2018 - Dayton, Washington
Mapping Our Place: Maps of Dayton and Columbia County exhibit at Dayton Historic Depot, 222 E. Commercial St. features historic maps of Dayton and Columbia County. Three Sanborn Fire Insurance maps from 1898, 1909, and 1916, military road maps, and maps of Huntsville, Starbuck and Columbia County produced by George Baker, who owned the title company in Columbia County in 1900, and many more will be on display. The current hours of operation are; Wednesday through Saturday from 11-4 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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>.
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 2018 - December 2018 - San Antonio
Texas A&M University San Antonio is celebrating the city’s 300th anniversary through its tricentennial themed exhibit entitled, San Antonio as a Crossroads: 300 Years of an Evolving Frontier Community. The Tricentennial exhibit will explore San Antonio’s vibrant history through photographs, artwork, maps, documents, artifacts and ephemera to tell the story of an evolving frontier community as the heart of the region. The exhibition is in the Presidio Gallery located at the Bexar County Archives Building in the 120 block of East Nueva.
March 1, 2018 - December 2018 - Reno, Nevada
If you've been inside the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center lately, 1664 N Virginia St,, you may have wondered why there's a nearly full-size replica of the historic Reno Arch in the main floor atrium. Like the original arch downtown, it's a symbol of welcome. On May 9, 2018, Reno will turn 150, and this momentous occasion has prompted the Special Collections and University Archives Department of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries to launch a major exhibit in honor of the city's sesquicentennial. Spanning all five floors of the building, Reno at the Crossroads: A Sesquicentennial Exhibit, 1868-2018 explores Reno's colorful evolution from its founding in 1868 to the present through photographs, maps, documents, and objects. The scale of this exhibit provides us with the exciting opportunity to expose people at the University and throughout the community to many sides of Reno they might not have known, and encourage them to learn more. Most of it can be viewed during the open hours of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.
March 3, 2018 - February 19, 2019 - Washington, Texas
The Star of the Republic Museum's new exhibit, So Others Could Follow: Four Centuries of Maps That Define Texas, illustrates through maps the evolution of Texas over four centuries, both topographically and politically, under seven flags. The exhibit includes 20 maps spanning three centuries from the most famous cartographers in the world. The maps in the exhibit focus on the ever-changing shape of Texas in the years from the early 1500s through the late 1800s, encompassing the years before it was the Republic of Texas up to the days after it won statehood in the United States and through the Civil War. Exhibit highlights include maps that first mention Tejas (1721); Daniel Lizars' map of Mexico and Central America, prior to Mexico's push for independence (1833); the Republic of Texas from 1836-1845 when the first Congress of Texas defined this nation's boundaries and 23 counties. A map from 1842 depicts towns, villages, forts, roads, trails and Indian tribe locations, and a map from 1846 shows Texas when it was admitted to the Union at the beginning of the U.S. Mexican war.
March 7, 2018 - April 29, 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 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.
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.
March 19, 2018 - April 18, 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.).
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.
April 2018 - August 2018 – Washington
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
May 1, 2018 - May 27, 2019 – Washington
Postmen of the Skies, at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first regularly scheduled airmail flights. The exhibition invites visitors to step into the exciting and memorable stories of the airmail pilots whose pioneering flights set the stage for today’s advanced airmail system and commercial aviation. Pilot goggles, leggings, helmets and logbooks, along with route maps, telegrams and airmail-related pop culture artifacts, will invite visitors to witness and experience the birth of commercial aviation. Visitors will also experience rare historic photos and see an archival “you-are-there” video that tells the story of the origins of airmail. In 1918, the first regularly scheduled airmail service began operations.
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.
May 19, 2018 - September 30, 2018 - Mystic, Connecticut
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave, announces its exhibit The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden. Joining The Vikings Begin will be an exhibition featuring the Vinland Map, a document that ignited a controversy in 1965 as it purported to prove the Vikings reached the New World long before Christopher Columbus. Is the map legitimate? Experts conclude it is not, but it still has a lot to tell us about issues of authenticity and the origins of modern America. This exhibition will place the Vinland Map on display in the U.S. for the first time in more than 50 years, allowing those who have followed the saga to see its primary evidence for the first time. This exhibition is made possible in collaboration with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
May 19, 2018 - March 17, 2019 - St. Michaels,
Exploring the Chesapeake–Mapping the Bay, a new exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 North Talbot Street, looks at the different ways the Chesapeake Bay has been portrayed over time through mapping and charting. The exhibition will view changes in maps over time as an expression of what people were seeking in the Chesapeake—for natural resources, for safe passage, or for commercial opportunities. The exploration begins with European exploration in the 16th century, and continues with the growth of settlement in the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Scientific surveying methods brought improved accuracy in the 19th century, and special purpose maps showing railroads or tourist routes and destinations proliferated in the 20th century. More recent decades have introduced satellite imagery, geographic information systems, and Google maps, which continue to change how we view and understand the Chesapeake Bay region.
June 1, 2018 - October 28, 2018 – Oxford
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, an exhibition at Bodleian’s Weston Library,will explore the power of the author’s literary imagination. This free Bodleian exhibition will feature manuscripts, artwork, maps and letters from the Bodleian’s extensive Tolkien Archive, artifacts from the Tolkien Collection at Marquette University in the USA and from private collections; bringing them together in the city where Tolkien wrote his most famous works.
September 2018 - December 2018 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Mercatormuseum, Grote Markt 1, has an exhibition The Dutch conquer the World. The exhibition is curated by Stanislas De Peuter, and additional details will be announced.
October 18, 2018 - November 17, 2018 - Hong Kong
A special map and chart exhibition, curated by Mr. K.L. Tam (Board member, Hong Kong Maritime Museum) will be held at Hong Kong Maritime Museum.