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June 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016 - Columbia, South Carolina
If World War I is synonymous with one thing it is trenches. Trench Maps: Military Cartography on the Western Front, 1914-1918 features 19 original maps from World War I. The exhibit focuses on the development of trench maps throughout the war and why they were so vital to troops fighting on both sides of the conflict. In addition to the unique maps, artifacts also include artillery ammunition, field equipment, a French artillery uniform and photographs. Exhibit can be seen in the S.C. Confederate relic Room and Military Museum, 301 Gervais St. (in the same building as the SC State Museum).
July 5, 2015 - January 3, 2016 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Samuel Holland’s famous map of Prince Edward Island. The map had to be as accurate as it was because it was going to be used as the basis for legal documents; there were going to be deeds spun off of it. The map was purely an instrument so that lots could be granted in the land lottery of 1767. The map was sent to London in 1765 and it now belongs to to the British National Archives in Kew. In recognition of the 250th anniversary the map is now on loan to the exhibition Imperial Designs: Samuel Holland's 1765 Map and the Making of Prince Edward Island at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, 130 Queen Street.
October 2, 2015 - January 9, 2016 – Boston
As the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, approaches its 225th year, Terra Firma: The Beginnings of the Massachusetts Historical Society Map Collection celebrates the beginnings of one of its most diverse and interesting collections. Among the maps on display are landmarks of map publishing that include the first published map of New England, the first map of Massachusetts published in America, and a unique copy of the earliest separate map of Vermont, as well as maps of important battles and maps and atlases from the United States and beyond.
October 16, 2015 – January 10, 2016 – Tacoma,
When James Cook set out from Plymouth, England, on July 11, 1776, he was probably the most famous sailor in the world. He had already commanded two epochal expeditions that mapped the South Pacific, surveying Australia, New Zealand and the coast of Antarctica. In search of a northern shipping route between the Atlantic Ocean and Great South Sea, now known as the Pacific, Cook sailed past the Kenai Peninsula and came to a dead end at the place where Anchorage would someday rise above the mudflats. Then he went to his cabin and, quill in hand, made notes of what he had seen in his journal. Cook carefully charted more than 2,000 miles of Alaska coastline, from southeast to the Aleutians and northward past the Arctic Circle. Major features that he literally put on the map include Norton Sound, Bristol Bay and Cook Inlet. Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook And The Northwest Passage is an exhibit which includes Cook's sextant, telescope, journal, maps, historic items and interactive displays at the Washington State Historical Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave.
August 17, 2015 - January 14, 2016 - Tucson, Arizona
Tucson's 240th birthday is approaching, and you should head to this new exhibit with historic photos, maps and memorabilia of the Old Pueblo to celebrate it. The University of Arizona Libraries' Special Collections Gallery, 1510 E. University Blvd., is hosting Tucson: Growth, Change and Memories with the purpose of showcasing the city's history and growth as an urban community.
October 19, 2015 – January 19, 2016 – Cape
Cape Town, as South Africa's oldest city, has long been associated with maps of Africa. The Cape first appeared on early Portuguese maps of Africa as “Cabo de Boa Esperança” and in the 17th and 18th centuries it was the main center of of the Dutch settlement which was frequently mapped by Dutch and French cartographers. A Selection of Maps @ the National Library of South Africa, 5 Queen Victoria Street, will feature these early maps as well as some 19th century maps. The maps can be seen in special collections and the red space.
January 14-24, 2016 – Oxford
Maps of Oxford is a small display that includes the earliest surviving map of Oxford to celebrate the publication of the 'An Historical Map of Oxford from Medieval to Victorian Times'. Exhibit is in Proscholium, Bodleian Library.
October 9, 2015 - January 31, 2016 – Oxford
Handwritten in stone : how William Smith and his maps changed geology can be seen at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road. See the dazzling colours of the first geological map of England and Wales in this exhibition celebrating William Smith's 200-year-old breakthrough work. William Smith spent his childhood collecting fossils, and his career travelling the country as a surveyor. But how did he make the leap to representing the Earth's three-dimensional rocky layers, or strata, so vividly on a two-dimensional map? With rare maps, personal papers, fossils and tools, this exhibition explores the work and life of Smith, the 'father of stratigraphy' - and examines how Smith still influences geologists today as they unlock the Earth's secrets. Open daily, 10am-5pm: Admission Free.
December 2015 - January 31, 2016 – Minneapolis
The Rudimentum Novitiorum has been added to the James Ford Bell Library collection, a generous gift from the James Ford Bell Trust. First printed in Lübeck in 1475, this basic chronicle of the world, steeped in Christian history, includes two woodcut maps, believed to be the first printed maps of their kind in Western Europe: a map of the Holy Land and a map of the world. It is a forerunner of the more widely known Nuremberg Chronicle. This special acquisition will be on exhibit in the Bell Room at the Library, 309 19th Ave. S.
February 4-7, 2016 - Ninove, Belgium
We are glad to announce a short but interesting exhibition in Ninove where two recently restored 17th century manuscript maps from the city archives are presented. Besides, maps of Van Deventer, Horenbault, Chamlay, Villaret, Frickx, Leclerc, Sanderus, Ferraris, Vandermaelen and Popp will be exhibited. The exhibit Kijk op de kaart [Look on the map] can be seen at Oud Stadhuis, Oudstrijdersplein 6 from 10 AM-5 PM.
November 13, 2015 - February 12, 2016 - Des Moines, Iowa
The Anderson Gallery, 2505 Carpenter Ave., will open a major new exhibition titled Are We Global Yet? The Art and Politics of Public Space (including the virtual), curated by professor Lenore Metrick-Chen and students from her curatorial capstone seminar. The exhibition brings together historical maps, student collaborations with homeless individuals in the community, and contemporary artwork from more than 15 artists to ask the question, “Are we global yet?” One group of students met with a collector from Iowa City who owns more than 50 maps dating from the mid-1500s to the early 1900s. The students were able to explore the political and social concerns expressed in these centuries-old maps, several of which will be displayed in the gallery.
May 30, 2015 - February 14, 2016 - St. Louis, Missouri
What was life in St. Louis like in the late 1800s? Find out the fun way by exploring the new exhibit, A Walk in 1875 St. Louis, on display at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park. This free, 6,000-square-foot exhibition is based on a detailed bird's-eye map of St. Louis. When viewed in its entirety, the map spans eight feet in height by 24 feet in length. It was begun in 1874 by draftsman Camille N. Dry, and published in book form in 1876 by sheet music publisher Richard Compton. A Walk in 1875 St. Louis also has interactive opportunities that encourage visitors to dive into the history of the city. There are separate maps for individual neighborhoods with panels that point out what's changed. The map of Tower Grove Park, for instance, has intricate drawings of each of the pavilions that still stand today.
January 11, 2016 – February 19, 2016 - Lille, France
As part of the cycle 'The map invents the world', the exhibition La carte, miroir des hommes, miroir du monde [Map, mirror of men, mirror of the world] presents maps, atlases and scientific instruments, from Dutch cartographers of the 16th and 17th centuries, until the new techniques of digital mapping. Exhibition can be seen at Université de Lille, Sciences et Technologies, Cité Scientifique, Villeneuve d'Ascq (Metro : Cité Scientifique). For booking and information contact alicia.zasso(at)univ- lille1.fr or tel. +33 3 20 33 77 17. Time schedule: Monday to Thursday from 9.00 to 18.00 and Friday from 9.00 to 13.00, guided tours of one hour.
November 28, 2015 - February 20, 2016 - Peterhead, Scotland
The Arbuthnot Museum, St. Peter Street, currently showing an exciting exhibition of maps by James Robertson (1753-1829), the Shetlander who mapped Jamaica and Aberdeenshire. Robertson went to the Caribbean to make his fortune and became an expert in land surveying, producing remarkably accurate maps of Jamaica in 1804. In 1810 he was commissioned to survey and draw a new map of Aberdeenshire and Banffshire. This map and Robertson’s four maps of Jamaica are on loan to the exhibition from the National Library of Scotland.
September 26, 2015 - February 28, 2016 – Cardiff
When the industrial revolution was in full swing, the demand for coal, iron and limestone was huge. William Smith, a blacksmith’s son from Oxfordshire, realised that a map showing where different rock layers (strata) came to the surface would be of great value. 200 years later, Smith’s beautifully hand-coloured maps are icons in the world of geology. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales, holds more original versions of these huge, spectacular maps than any other public institution in the world. Three different editions are fully displayed in the exhibition Reading the Rocks: the Remarkable Maps of William Smith along with unique documents and smaller maps, all depicting the story of Smith’s life and work.
November 3, 2015 - February 28, 2016 – Boston
Collecting For The Boston Athenæum In The 21st Century: Maps, Charts, & Plans can be seen at the Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon Street. The exhibition will show maps and charts from its rich cartographic collection. Those on exhibition will date from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Most of these materials have been acquired since 2004; and therefore, are relatively recent additions to our collection. Some of the highlights will include a very scarce chart of Casco Bay by J.F.W. DesBarres, a rare French edition of a classic map of the Americas by Petrus Bertius, published in the mid-seventeenth century, and a beautiful example of one of the earliest charts to focus on the New England coastline by J. van Keulen.
November 25, 2015 – February 28, 2016 -
The increased incidence of infectious diseases makes it necessary to determine the cause as quickly as possible. Maps were and are a key tool for the investigation of disease and for informing the public, because they show at a glance how many people are ill and where the disease has spread. Moreover, maps are also the starting point for further questions: Why is only a certain area affected and where did the outbreak begin. Dedicated to this topic for the first time, an exhibition has been jointly organized by the Lower Saxony State Health Department, the German Society for Cartography and the Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage. Den Seuchen auf der Spur – 200 Jahre Infektionskrankheiten im Kartenbild [The plagues on the trail - 200 years of infectious diseases on the map] includes 25 pieces from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Eleven selected map examples are presented in detail in an accompanying brochure and explained. Exhibition can be been at Wegemuseum, Am Markt 3.
November 19, 2015 - March 12, 2016 - Portland, Maine
This fall, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will close its 20th-anniversary with a showcase of its finest maps and globes; Masterpieces at USM: Celebrating Five Centuries of Rare Maps and Globes. Curated by the Osher Map Library staff and some of Maine's very own luminaries, including renowned authors Susan Minot and Monica Wood as well as Senator Angus King, Senator Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, among others, this engaging exhibit highlights masterpieces from Osher Map Library collections. Featuring monumental pieces of cartographic history from around the world, ranging from the first modern printed map in 1475 to superb examples of woodcut, copperplate, and lithographic map printing from the 15th through the 19th centuries.
October 31, 2015 – March 27, 2016 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents Women in Cartography. This exhibition recognizes and celebrates the long overlooked role of women in the world of mapping; bringing their stories, accomplishments, and most importantly their maps to light. Curated by Alice Hudson, former Chief of the Map Division at the New York Public Library, Women in Cartography showcases the works of better-known women cartographers such as Marie Tharp, who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the entire ocean floor, and, Agnes Sinclair Holbrook who created the Hull-House maps, statistical cartographic presentations of social data from the immigrant rich Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago.
October 6, 2015 – March 31, 2016 – Madrid
Hispaniae Geologica Chartographia La representación geológica de España a través de la Historia [The geological representation of Spain through history] is on display at Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Ríos Rosas, 23. This exhibition brings together a selection of maps that reflect the evolution of geological mapping in Spain, which responds to the advancement of scientific and cultural knowledge of the country and the concerns and needs of society. From the first graphical representations of more than 3,000 years ago to the current maps, geological mapping has been an essential tool for humans. Each of the 40 selected geological maps marked a milestone at the time.
November 2, 2015 - March 31, 2016 - Clermont-Ferrand,
The celebration of the centenary of the Great War is an opportunity to discover or rediscover the war that deeply shocked the world at the beginning of the twentieth century. For this occasion, the Clermont University Library and Map Library Department joined forces to highlight different topographic maps of that period from the collections of the University. Des Cartes Pour Faire La Guerre can be seen at BCU Lettres et Sciences Humaines Lafayette, 1er étage (Salle Massillon), 1, Bd Lafayette. Indeed, the need for good quality and reliable maps is required by the military which is forced to adapt to the topography of the land of the enemy. Thus the role of topographic maps is far from minor in armed conflict.
April 1, 2014 - April 2, 2016 – Amsterdam
The exhibition entitled The Atlases includes the top pieces from The National Maritime Museum's extensive collection of maps and atlases, and can be seen at Het Scheepvaartmuseum [The National Maritime Museum], Kattenburgerplein 1. Get acquainted with the four pioneers of cartography: Ptolemy, Mercator, Claesz, and Blaeu. These mapmakers and publishers produced maps and atlases that forever changed how we see the world. Your journey shows you the first maps of America, via the ‘Unknown land of the South,’ to a detailed city map of Amsterdam. The maps and atlases, produced between 1482 and 1665, are unique historical documents, and a feast for the eye with their rich decorations.
January 16, 2016 - April 2, 2016 - Indianapolis
Visit the Rosemary McKee Lanham Gallery at the History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, to enjoy the museum’s newest exhibition, Mapping Indiana: Five Centuries of Treasures from the Indiana Historical Society. Featuring several original – and some never before seen – pieces from our collection, Mapping Indiana explores the ways we think about maps, how we use them and how they have helped to shape Indiana. Maps are themed to explore from the earliest understandings of the area’s geography through the mid-20th century. The exhibit, for map lovers of all ages, also features information on Hoosier mapmakers and their lives.
February 16, 2016 - April 4, 2016 – Istanbul
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, an exhibition titled Gallipoli in the Great War and its Heritage has been organized by the Istanbul Şehir University Department of History. Curated by a faculty member of the university's history department, assistant professors Kahraman Şakul and Sinan Ceco, the exhibition features unique pieces of history; namely, maps engraved with historical depictions of the Battle of Gallipoli, various objects and paintings, original documents, propagandized postcards, photographs, books, newspapers and magazines related to the battle as well as a screening of an anthology of films and documentaries and old films featuring propaganda regarding the Battle of Gallipoli.
October 28, 2015 - April 10, 2016 – Basel
Basel im Stadtportrait – 400 Jahre Merianplan 1615–2015 [Basel city Portrait - 400 years Merian plan from 1615 to 2015] is a special exhibition at the Museum Kleines Klingental, Unterer Rheinweg 26. 400 years ago Matthäus Merian handed the Basel Council a bird's eye view of the city. It showed for the first time a true reflection of the characteristic medieval buildings which had been defined by the city walls. Today it serves as an indispensable source of local history. The exhibition sheds light on Merian's models and operations as well as on how Merian has influenced the later views of the city - to the modern, geo-referenced survey.
March 16, 2016 - April 25, 2016 – Riga
Uninterrupted Line: The Latvian Border in Maps can be seen in the National Library of Latvia, Mūkusalas iela 3. The exhibit uses maps from the library's archives to relate the history of how Latvia's borders were shaped. The exhibit traces - with copious descriptions in English - how Latvia gained its current topographical shape starting from the time when Latvia first appeared in maps up to the time that shaped Latvia's current contour in the map. Latvia's maps from the archives of the library are accompanied with drawings of Māris Bišofs and a film by Laila Pakalniņa. It's open on the ground floor of the Library, exhibit halls 2 and 3. Entrance is free.
April 10-27, 2016 - Sharjah, UAE
Rare manuscripts of historical significance to many countries and kingdoms around the world are now on display in the UAE for the first time at Seraj Al Hadarat, an exhibition organised by Sharjah Book Authority. The exhibition, which translates to ‘Light of Civilisations’, showcases documents dating back to the 16th century from countries that were in the Ottoman Empire, Britain, France, The Netherlands, Italy and Iran. The collection includes books, manuscripts, maps, pictures and paintings. Those with an interest in cartography will be impressed with Siraj Al Hadarat’s valuable collection of original maps, including a hand-coloured map of Africa with the southern coastal line that dates to 1690. Other maps on display include one of the Ottoman Empire that shows the Ottoman areas in the Balkans, Anatolia, the Levant, Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, which dates to 1630. Another map of the Middle East at the exhibition was first issued in the book ‘Geography’, which was released by Mercator in 1695 and based on the work of the astronomer Ptolemy. The first of two maps detailing the Arabian Peninsula at the exhibition dates to 1720 and includes details of the trade routes to Makkah and Medina via the Ottoman Empire, with the second a manually engraved and decorated version, which dates to 1851.
January 20, 2016 - May 2, 2016 – Marseille
Made in Algeria, Genealogy of a Territory is organized by Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, 7 Promenade Robert Laffont. This first exhibition dedicated to cartography is organized in collaboration with the National Institute of Art History (INHA) and the National Library of France (BNF) with support of the French Ministry of Culture. The event will highlight "the map invention that accompanied the 'conquest' of Algeria and its description." A series of maps, drawings, paintings, photographs, films and historical documents as well as works by contemporary artists will be presented at this exhibition.
March 4, 2016 - May 8, 2016 - San Francisco
A major exhibition, China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps, showcasing two rare and famous world maps produced in 17th century China by Jesuit missionaries can be seen at San Francisco Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. The first is Matteo Ricci’s 1602 Kunyu wanguo quantu (“Map of the Myriad Countries” or “Mappamondo”), a map so rare that it is called “The Impossible Black Tulip” (on loan from the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota). The second is the Kunyu quantu (“The Complete Map of the World”), Ferdinand Verbiest’s world map of 1674 (on loan from the Library of Congress). These are the first Chinese maps to show the Americas, the Polar regions, and the western shores of Europe and Africa, and include explanations of natural and astronomical phenomena. This is the first time that both of these seminal maps have been displayed together. Also on display are rare books and atlases associated with these maps and the 16-18th century Jesuit mission to China. The exhibition is presented by the San Francisco Asian Art Museum in partnership with the University of San Francisco Ricci Institute.
December 17, 2015 - May 22, 2016 – Madrid
The Naval Museum, Paseo del Prado 5, has opened an exhibition on maritime cartography entitled Señores del mar, dueños del mundo that has been curated by Jose Maria Moreno Martin. On display are maps relating to history of cartography, Portolan charts, 19th century cartography and the influence of Flamenco on 17th century cartography.
January 2, 2016 - May 22, 2016 – Canberra
Experience 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. The National Library of Australia, in partnership with the National Library of China, will exhibit Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911. From life at court to life in the villages and fields, glimpse the world of China’s last imperial dynasty and its wealth of cultural tradition. See exquisite and precious objects from the National Library of China. Marvel at drawings and plans for Beijing’s iconic palaces from the Yangshi Lei Archives, listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2007 and never before seen in Australia. Beautiful maps, books and prints come alive in ornate detail. Discover our acclaimed Chinese Collection, including rare items from the London Missionary Society that offer a unique view of early western impressions of China.
January 29, 2016 - May 22, 2016 - Valletta, Malta
The exhibition Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe can be seen in the National Museum of Fine Arts located at the Admiralty House on South Street. The exhibition presents four maps of the Great Siege of 1565 by Giovanni Francesco Camocio, a thriving publisher and dealer of maps, prints and books. Distributed far and wide, these news maps were once the most effective means of reporting the latest developments of the Siege. Today, now part of our cultural heritage, they hold the collective memory of a lost cultural landscape, a historic past and a turning point of an event that shaped the history of the Maltese Islands.
March 26, 2016 - May 22, 2016 - Warkworth, Ontario
The Miikaans/The Percy Portage exhibit can be seen at the Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre, 35 Church St. The exhibit includes historic maps and more about a route that many local folks still don’t know is a part of the history of this region. Miikaans is the Ojibway word for trail or path. The Percy Portage was an important route used for centuries by the Mississaugas, Huron and Iroquois First Nations. It also formed the basis of the first major road in the region in the early 19th century for local settlers, and those heading north. The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 5-26, 2016 - Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
An 11x5-meter drawing of northeastern Japan in the mid-17th century is among 23 old maps on display at a rare exhibition in the Chido Museum, 10-18, Ienakashinmachi. It is a copy of the Dewa Ikkoku no Ezu picture map, which was jointly compiled by feudal domains controlling the region stretching from today’s Yamagata Prefecture to neighboring Akita Prefecture. The replica, which is believed to be several centuries old and is the largest on display, belonged to the Shonai domain established in the early Edo Period (1603-1867). Based in Tsuruoka, the domain controlled a large part of what is now Yamagata Prefecture.
March 30, 2016 – May 22, 2016 - San Francisco
Mapping “The East”: Envisioning Asia in the Age of Exploration is an exhibition of more than 20 early maps and books of Asia produced by European cartographers during the 16th-18th centuries. Drawn from the collections of Sophia University, Tokyo, and the University of San Francisco Ricci Institute, these works reflect expanding knowledge of East Asia during the Age of Exploration, and their makers’ European religious and philosophical perspectives. Exhibition can be see Tues – Fri & Sun, 1:00 – 5:00PM, in Manresa Gallery in St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco Main campus.
March 2016 - June 3, 2016 - New York
Central Park is one of New York’s most iconic public spaces and has delighted the senses of millions of visitors for over 150 years. But how well do we really know Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s 843 acre bucolic masterpiece? Central Park: Mapping Landscapes is a mini exhibit of antiquarian maps from the New York Public Library, Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division. Viewers can discover how the landscape of Manhattan was transformed from hardscrabble farmland into the most beloved and acclaimed urban park in the United States in this exhibit in the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.
February 6, 2016 - June 5, 2016 - Davenport, Iowa
Arguably the nation's most popular river, the mighty Mississippi is the subject for the Figge Art Museum's new exhibit - Mississippi River Views from the Muscatine Art Center Collection. Exhibit is in the third-floor gallery. The exhibit features more than 60 paintings, drawings, maps and other river-related works from the collection of the Muscatine Art Center. Beginning with a rare map from 1680 by Nicholaes Visscher, the exhibit includes drawings made on the river by Seth Eastman in the 1830s, and paintings of the river from the 1850s to the present.
February 13, 2016 - June 12, 2016 – Princeton
In 1853, Solomon Nunes Carvalho, an Orthodox Jew from Charleston, South Carolina, and the American-born son of Jews of Spanish-Portuguese Jewish descent, threw caution to the wind and set off with famed U.S. explorer John Fremont on his Fifth Westward Expedition. A few of Carvalho's surviving prints of that trailblazing expedition and several of his acclaimed paintings are among the little-known gems in By Dawn's Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture From the Nation's Founding to the Civil War, an eye-opening exhibit at the Princeton University Art Museum. The exhibit, organized by the Princeton University Library, boasts more than 160 rarely seen books, maps, manuscripts, prints and paintings including some of the earliest novels, plays, scientific treatises and religious works produced by Jews in the United States.
March 12, 2016 – June 16, 2016 - Cassel, France
La cartographie ou le miroir du monde [Mapping or the mirror of the world] features maps of Mercator and Ortelius. Both from Flanders, they met in 1554 and soon a friendship was born. Exhibition can be seen at Musée départemental de Flandre, 26 Grand'Place.
April 18, 2016 - June 17, 2016 -Philadelphia
The year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the deaths of two of the world's great writers: William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Both authors lived in the golden age of European exploration when new discoveries were changing the way Europe understood and represented the world. The exhibit The Stage and All the World / Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Early Maps juxtaposes the way exploration and geography are represented in literature and in maps from the early modern period. Accompanying the exhibit will be a display of the digital project Shakespeare on the Map: www.shakespearemap.org. The exhibit can be seen in the Snyder-Granader Alcove, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, sixth floor, University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut Street. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, by prior arrangement (215.898.7088 or rbml(at)pobox.upenn.edu). Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance).
March 12, 2016 – June 18, 2016 – Dumfries,
The Dumfries Archival Mapping Project is holding an exhibition Amang the rigs o’ Barley”: a cartographic tour of Nithsdale and Annandale in the 18th and early 19th century Dumfries Museum.
June 2-25, 2016 - Newcastle upon Tyne
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, exhibits The Great Lines. The Great Lines Exhibition follows the history of the creation of contour lines on maps - often associated in the UK with Newcastle born mathematician Charles Hutton, and his work with the Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne on the slopes of Schiehallion in Perthshire in 1774. The exhibition shows how the contour line and its related measures have a much longer, richer and international history. The exhibition includes material held in the Lit & Phil, as well as other material from archives in the UK and abroad, telling the story of the contour line through maps and models, artworks and books.
April 14, 2016 - June 29, 2016 –
Landkartenherstellung im Verlag Justus Perthes Gotha [Map Production by Publisher Justus Perthes of Gotha] can be seen at Druckereimuseum und Schaudepot der Museen der Stadt Erfurt, Benary-Speicher, Brühler Str. 37.
January 28, 2016 - June 2016 - Durham, California
Old maps are a window to the past, and a new exhibit at the Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, highlights several particular to Butte County. Maps of the Past Tell our History focuses on the water, roads and railroads which were important in the development of the County. The map exhibit will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
May 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 – Denver
Illusions, Delusions & Confusions is an exhibit of maps featuring myths at the main branch of the Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Street.
May 2, 2016 – July 1, 2016 – Boulder, Colorado
Map Myths is an exhibit of maps featuring map mythology at the Map Library at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
June 14, 2016 – July 2, 2016 – Berlin
In cooperation with the Weser Renaissance Museum Brake Castle, Lemgo, the Map Division of Berlin State Library, Potsdamer Str. 33, has an exhibition Weltvermesser von Erde, Meer und Himmel.
April 16, 2016 - July 10, 2016 - Bergamo, Italy
Quando L’italia Disegnava Il Mondo. Tesori Cartografici del Rinascimento Italiano [When Italy Drew The World. Cartographic treasures of the Italian Renaissance] can be seen at Palazzo del Podestà - Museo del ‘500 (Piazza Alta / Città Alta). The exhibition is organized by the "Roberto Almagià" along with Bergamo History Foundation and the Biblioteca Civica Angelo Mai e Archivi Storici Comunali, in addition to the City of Bergamo. The plan followed has been to temporarily recreate a big "Lafreri Atlas", using maps drawn by the organizers' collections. The result is an exhibition of 74 printed maps published in Rome or Venice between 1525 and 1575; the heart of the "Golden Age of the cartography of the Italian Renaissance." These maps start from world maps, then the continents and regions of Italy, followed by birds-eye views of Italian cities. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog of over 230 pages.
June 10, 2016 - July 17, 2016 - Victoria, Gozo, Malta
Currently on display are four maps of the Great Siege of 1565 by Giovanni Francesco Camocio, a thriving publisher and dealer of maps, prints and books. Distributed far and wide, these news maps were once the most effective means of reporting the latest developments of the Siege. Today, now part of the island's cultural heritage, they hold the collective memory of a lost cultural landscape, a historic past and a turning point of an event that shaped the history of the Maltese Islands. Organised by Heritage Malta as part of the Victoria International Arts Festival, the exhibition is being hosted by Il-Hagar Museum in St George's Square.
September 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016 - New Brunswick, New
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 71 Hamilton Street, presents Simeon De Witt: Mapping A Revolution. This exhibition celebrates one of the university’s most distinguished alumni, Simeon De Witt, the fourteenth graduate of what was then known as Queen’s College and, because of the Revolutionary War, the only one in 1776. In 1802, he drafted the first large-scale map of the state to be printed. It was the most detailed to date - depicting newly established cities, towns, and county lines - and distributed to salons and offices as an accurate reference of the Empire State's geography. An 1804 version of this map is on view, on loan from Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University Libraries. The map is accompanied by several of De Witt's original drafting tools, on loan from the Albany Institute of History and Art, and a field compass commonly used during the era, also from Special Collections. These historical objects provide insight into the resources available to De Witt at the time. Also on view are prints that depict important battles in New Jersey during America's War for Independence, including a map by English engraver William Faden that depicts the positions of Washington's troops in New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the beginning of the war.
September 20, 2015 - August 2016 - Morton Grove, Illinois
If you have forgotten what a paper map looks like, the Morton Grove Historical Museum, 6148-6240 W. Dempster, will have plenty on display as part of the exhibition Morton Grove Maps. The exhibit will be the first of its kind at the museum as a means of educating the public about the history of the village and the reason preservation of maps is important. Free to the public, the exhibit includes at least a dozen original maps, in addition to some reprints and other related artifacts. One map predates the year Morton Grove was incorporated in 1895. The Museum is open Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Sundays (October – May only), 2:00-4:00 p.m.
April 2, 2016 – August 28, 2016 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary. In 1891 landscape architect Charles Eliot asserted the bold idea to form an organization that would “preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” At a time when land conservation and ‘being green’ was not widely discussed, his vision was forward thinking. Today, the organization he founded, The Trustees of Reservations, oversees more than 26,000 acres of preserved places from the Atlantic Coast to the Berkshire Mountains. In celebration of their 125th anniversary, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is partnering with The Trustees on a 40-item exhibition, featuring maps, photographs, and historical items from both collections. Visitors will be introduced to Trustees’ properties, become familiar with a number of distinctive map formats, learn about natural landforms and geologic terms, and cultivate an appreciation for the natural, historical, and cultural treasures of Massachusetts.
April 19, 2016 - August 28, 2016 – Stanford,
Stanford University announces the opening of the exhibition A Universe of Maps / Opening the David Rumsey Map Center in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 2nd floor; and the David Rumsey Map Center, 4th floor, in the Green Library, Bing Wing, Stanford University.
June 29, 2016 - August 28, 2016 – Brooklyn
The exhibition Unlocking Two Revolutionary War Era Maps: The Ratzer Maps at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), 128 Pierrepont St, will display two versions of the rare Revolutionary War-era “Ratzer” map which together tell a unique story about the Battle of Brooklyn, the first major battle of the Revolutionary War after the U.S. declared its independence on July 4, 1776. BHS’s 1770 first edition of Lt. Bernard Ratzer’s “Plan of the City of New York” is one of only four first editions in existence. This map was rediscovered at BHS in 2010 during a massive cataloging project, and was painstakingly restored by conservator Jon Derow. It captures New York City as a bustling commercial center surrounded by farmland on the eve of the American Revolution. The British engineer John Montresor began the survey a decade earlier, but it was Ratzer who finished the work on the detailed military map. As the British turned their attention to New York and its harbor, with access to the Hudson River and the interior of the continent, Ratzer’s map would become an invaluable tool in the battle for New York.
July 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016 - Prague
The exhibition Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe was prepared in cooperation of Map Collection of Charles University in Prague and National Museum of Fine Arts in Malta. The exhibition presents four maps of the Great Siege of Malta 1565 by Giovanni Francesco Camocio, a thriving publisher and dealer of maps, prints and books. Distributed far and wide, these news maps were once the most effective means of reporting the latest developments of the Siege. Previously the exhibition was presented in Malta and now it can be seen in Foyer of the Map Collection, Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague, Albertov 6. Czech Republic. Exhibition will be open Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM.
July-August 2016, Clyde, New York
The Galen Historical Society, 31 N. Park St., will feature maps of the village and area as its featured summer exhibit from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The maps date way back into the 1800s and show how the area was settled and grew. As visitors sign in to the museum, they can pick up a written description of each map to guide them through the exhibit. Admission to the museum is free.
March 30, 2016 - September 4, 2016 - Cos Cob (Greenwich),
With 36 miles of coastline, the sea has always played a significant role in the history of Greenwich. Since the town’s founding in 1640, boats plying Long Island Sound were a regular and reliable means of commercial trade and passenger transport. Through paintings, photographs, maps, charts and instruments, the exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History will explore the rich history of maritime Greenwich and share the myriad stories that link us to our coastal roots. Exhibition is at Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road.
July 22, 2016 - September 4, 2016 – Brussels
As each year, the Royal Palace in Brussels, Place des Palais/Paleizenplein, opens its doors to the public in summer. The public will be able to discover the exposition Cartographiae showing maps and cartography throughout the centuries. In order to bring the intriguing and little-known world of cartography closer to the public, the 10 federal scientific institutions of Belgium have selected a number of representative items from their collections to show the various aspects of this particular field of science: precious cartographic material, thematic maps, cartographic measurement instruments, works of art related to the topic, and much more.
April 29, 2016 - September 17, 2016 - San Antonio
The Witte Museum and the Texas General Land Office announce a collaborative map exhibit in the Russel Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery located at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St. The exhibit is entitled Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State. Explore a stunning collection of rare Texas maps from the collections of the Texas General Land Office, the Witte Museum and the private collection of Carol and Frank Holcomb. See four of the original maps used by Stephen F. Austin for his colony in what was then Mexico, as well as a selection of rare maps dating from the 1600s to the late 1800s that reveal the shifting boundaries of Texas that affected all maps of the United States and Mexico. The exhibition also features important artifacts and documents relating to and complementing these significant maps.
May 26, 2016 - September 18, 2016 - Navarra, Spain
The National Library of Spain has loaned the Fundación Museo Jorge Oteiza, Calle la Cuesta, 7, the fifteenth century manuscript "Cosmographia" by Claudius Ptolemy. The work will be one of the main pieces of the exhibition Paces de urtubia 1513. Geografía y paisaje at the Museum. In addition to "Cosmographia", the National Library has loaned another eight works, including, including various maps and cartographic material as Penínsule Hispánique (1833?), España. Suelos (1852), and Navarra. Mapas Generales (1647).
September 1-21, 2016 – Hanoi
Exhibition Hanoi - The Future Metropolis with the participation of curators Sylvie Fanchette, Emmanuel Cerise, and Amelie Codugnella will be held at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. As one of the oldest capitals in Southeast Asia, over the centuries, Hanoi has developed a dense network of villages. With economic liberalisation in the 1980's, Hanoi encounters many obstacles while extending its area such as the lack of a real land market and very high density. Since the beginning of the new millennium, changes operated by state planners and real estate investors caused several concerns such as how to integrate villages during the urbanisation process, how to maintain a green belt, as well as how to prevent flooding effectively. From a rich collection of maps and field studies, this exhibition shows how urbanisation has affected the city's development.
June 24, 2016 - September 25, 2016 – Perth
Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge can be seen in Ground Floor Gallery, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St. From Dirk Hartog’s landing at remote Cape Inscription in 1616 to our present migrant connections, Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge draws stories from the collections in the State Library. Whether seeking trade, refuge or opportunity the Dutch, like others to land on our shores, have helped shape Western Australia. The State Library’s exhibition looks beyond the early maritime history to include stories of recent Dutch military history and migrant journeys to WA. The exhibition is the State Library’s contribution to the recognition of the 400th Anniversary of the European discovery of the west coast of the Australian continent. Dirk Hartog landed in the Eendracht at Cape Inscription, Shark Bay on 25 October 1616. Many items from the State Library collection are so precious that the Library cannot put them on public display. However, with technology, we can bring these pieces to our audience in other ways both physically in the exhibition and on-line through the catalogue.
May 19, 2016 - September 26, 2016 - Cambridge,
The maps in the exhibition The Land Remains: A century of conservation in America’s National Parks showcase units of the National Park Service in all stages of their history. Many date from before the idea of the government preserving areas of natural beauty or cultural significance had even formed. Many are from the first days of preservation of a site. Some show the process of creating a park and the struggle to protect and preserve hallowed ground while still allowing in the people for whom it is preserved. Exhibition can be seen in Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library, Harvard University.
August 29, 2015 - September 30, 2016 – Riga
An exhibition Proud and Quick. Road Maps and Culture of Automobiles in Latvia in 1920s to 1940s can be seen in the Lobby, Maps and Geospatial Information Reading Room, Small Prints Reading Room, Floor 6 of the National Library of Latvia, Mūkusalas iela 3.
April 7, 2016 – September 2016 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will have an exhibition Pictorial Maps, curated by Stephen Hornsby. Reflecting the exuberance of American popular culture and the creativity of commercial art, the maps are stimulating to the imagination and dazzling to the eye.
May 2016 - September 2016 - San Antonio
Bexar County will have an exhibition of letters, maps and artifacts that predate San Antonio and reveal the story behind its start. The exhibit called Nuestra Historia will be housed at the former Federal Reserve Building, 126 E. Nueva Street. Items that haven't been viewed for centuries will be displayed, including a crucifix, a cannon, pottery, other artifacts and 10 maps. Centerpiece of the exhibit is the 1717 Rebolledo letter describing the need for a settlement on the San Antonio River, which is stored in the Bexar Archives at University of Texas at Austin, and the coinciding map, which has been stored in the General Archives of the Indies in Spain. It will be the first time the two documents can be viewed together in nearly 300 years.
June 11, 2016 – October 15, 2016 – St. Louis
A new Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, exhibit features a 75 x 25-foot map of St. Louis, illustrated by Matt Reedy. Smaller fantasy maps are on display on the third floor in Carnegie Room. Scope out those places at the exhibit, Fantasy Maps: Imagined Worlds, which shows off books that use cartography to illustrate their own unique terrain. With a collection of novels, enlarged prints on walls, the library displays how these images complement stories of cities and countries. They make the fantastic more real and the real a bit fantastic. Books, displayed in cases, range from “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson to George R.R. Martin’s famous “Song of Ice and Fire” series. Stevenson’s 1883 pirate adventure was an early English novel to provide a map with the story (the library’s copy is a reprint). Another “older” map among the books is from a reproduction of the 1914 edition of “Tik-Tok of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, which locates areas close to Munchkin Country. A third map important in fantasy literature is J.R.R. Tolkien’s drawing of Middle-earth for “The Hobbit.” Today, Martin’s blockbuster books, filmed as “Game of Thrones” on HBO, require even more detailed illustrations to help explain the complicated relationships among competing lands and kingdoms. Interestingly, Martin’s own map, where we find places such as Blazewater Bay, Bear Island and Winterfell, differs a bit from those provided by the makers of the TV series.
13, 2016 - October 16, 2016 – Toronto
Sea monsters, invented islands, and uncharted lands - discover the unexpected beauty of maps and atlases from the 16th to the 19th century in the exhibition The Art of Cartography. Exhibition can be seen in TD Gallery, Main Level, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.
October 10-22, 2017 – Nicosia
Opus 39 Gallery, 21 Kimonos Street, is currently hosting an exhibition on rare books, maps, paintings and engravings from the 18th century onwards from the private collection of Agis Philippides. The exhibition features authentic engravings of Cyprus and Greece, maps by Abraham Ortelius, Tomasco Porcacchi and others, and a collection of rare books, including The Life and Works of Lord Byron with Notes and Illustrations. Open Monday: 5pm-8pm. Tuesday-Friday: 10.30am-12.30pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22-424983.
August 12, 2016 - October 23, 2016 - Indianola, Iowa
Antique Iowa maps from four private collections will be featured in a new Iowa History Center exhibit at Willis Gallery, which is in the Kent Campus Center on the Simpson College campus, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Iowa and the Midwest: An Exhibition of Antique Maps brings together rare and beautiful cartographic images displaying the changing international, political and technological landscapes of what became the American Midwest and Iowa. The maps, which date from 1715 to 1902, chart the region’s Euro-American development from unexplored colonial territories to what is now America’s Heartland. Maps in the exhibit are on loan from local collectors Sam O’Brien, Jim Hubbell, David Yepsen and Bruce Kelley. For more information, call (515)-961-1528.
October 12-24, 2016 - Bitonto BA, Italy
Bitonto is a city and commune in the province of Bari (Apulia region), Italy. It is nicknamed the "City of Olives", due to the numerous groves surrounding the city. The Museo Archeologico Fondazione De Palo Ungaro, Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 44, will display 80 maps from the 16th to 19th century, covering much of Italy but with focus on the Apulia region. Times are 9-12.30 and 17-19.30 (every day except Saturdays and Sundays, and open by reservation).
June 26, 2016 - October 31, 2016 - Posterstein, Germany
Hans Wilhelm von Thümmels surveyed the Duchy of Saxe-Gotha and Altenburg. His map series of 1813 is presented in detail at Museum Burg Posterstein, Burgberg 1.
June 25, 2016 - November 6, 2016 – Chicago
A first for the Art Institute of Chicago’s Japanese print gallery, 111 South Michigan Avenue, the exhibition Unique Perspectives: Japanese Maps from the 18th and 19th Centuries showcases the beauty of Japanese printmaking. The 18th- and 19th-century maps on view, in gallery 107, feature the world, the Japanese archipelago, and the country’s major cities, including Osaka, Yokohama, Edo, Nagasaki, and Kyoto. Highlights include works from trustee Barry MacLean’s comprehensive collection, such as a Buddhist map of the world that translates spiritual forces into physical locations. A blue and white “map plate,” also from the MacLean Collection, features a relief map of Japan divided into provinces with additional land masses and mythical locations such as “the land of women” circling the edge of the plate. An 1861 aerial view of Yokohama from the Art Institute’s collection is made up of six standard-sized prints presented as one image, with important buildings and sections of the foreign settlement labeled for ease of use.
October 26, 2016 - November 11, 2016 – Gibraltar
Over 100 physical maps and more than 3,000 digital maps form part of a new exhibition Mapping Our Past’ which can be seen at the Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition put together by Government Archives and archivist Anthony Pitaluga.
October 14, 2016 - November 27, 2016 - Fukuyama, Hiroshima
The discovery of a 17th century map accompanied by color plates of people from different cultures provides an insight into how Japanese viewed the world in the early Edo Period (1603-1867). The discovery of the map, titled “Bankoku Sozu” (Collective diagram of the world), and the “Sekai Jinbutsu Zu” (Diagram of people of the world) chart was announced by the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History. The two massive woodblock prints, each measuring 134.5 centimeters tall and 57.6 centimeters wide, were probably produced in Nagasaki in 1645, and together with another set made in the same year are the oldest ever found in Japan. The two prints will be exhibited at the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History, 2 Chome-4-1 Nishimachi.
April 28, 2016 - November 28, 2016 – Rome
The exhibition 1716-2016 Cielo e Terra [1716-2016 Heaven and Earth] features Sylvester Amanzio Moroncelli's large globes of 1716 and the cartographic collection of the Casanatense Library. The exhibition will be at the Biblioteca Casanatense, Via S. Ignazio, 52. It is open Monday-Friday at 11:30 to 13:30 / 16:30 to 18:00.
August 22, 2016 - December 16, 2016 - Boulder , Colorado
In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary on Aug. 25, 2016, University Libraries is presenting Mapping the Majestic: 100 Years of the National Park Service. Beginning with famous surveyors’ maps and sketches pre-dating the establishment of the first national parks, continuing through early 20th century proposed boundary maps, and ending with more recent official visitor maps, the exhibit showcases a century of government mapping. Additional tourism materials published by railroad companies, local boosters and contemporary panoramic artists, from the University of Colorado Map Library and Special Collections & Archives Department, offer a complementary perspective. Exhibit includes a genuine copper printing plate used by the U.S. Geological Survey in the early days of their operation. Visit the Earth Sciences & Map Library in Benson Earth Sciences on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, 2200 Colorado Avenue, to experience the wonder of our National Park system as visualized in maps.
October 22, 2016 – December 23, 2016 –
Richard Hakluyt: the world in a book is an exhibition of Elizabethan travel books and rare maps celebrating the Oxford geographer Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616). The display will include the famous Codex Mendoza, once owned by Hakluyt. Exhibition can be seen in Blackwell Hall, Bodleian Library-Weston Library.
December 16-23, 2016 - Panaji, Goa
The Adil Shah Palace or the Old Secretariat is not just a heritage building but in many ways has become an image of Panaji’s identity. It is filled with history, culture and speaks about the seat of power, right from Adil Shah till recently the functioning of the State Secretariat and State Assembly. However, over the past few years it was fading into oblivion. But, now the structure will get a new lease of life with the hosting of one of the biggest art festivals—Serendipity Art Festival. Tera Cognita?: 3 Moments In The History Of The Graphic Image In India, 1556-2016 is conceptualised as an archive installation. The focus of this project will be the mutual gaze of coloniser and colonised, foreigner and native, ethnographic observer and subject of ethnographic scrutiny, artist and technician, demonstrating the blurring of such conceptual binaries across a period of nearly five centuries. The first part of the exhibition is the presentation of maps. Drawn largely from the Kalakriti Archives, Hyderabad, the maps presented here include rare, prized and distinctive exemplars of cartographic history. You will find, here, a map of Goa made by Frankfurt cartographer Matthäus Merian; English geographer Aaron Arrowsmith’s 9-sheet map of India, published in 1822 and many more.
July 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 - Fort Collins,
Discover how the art of cartography has changed and improved over time. Maps not only show destinations but worldviews, populations, climates, topography, and border changes over the years. Explore the globe with Cartography Around the World: Past and Present at the Global Village Museum, 200 W. Mountain Ave. With a fascinating array of maps—both old and new—you can travel through time and around the world without leaving Fort Collins.