Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions


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



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



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



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



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



Indefinite - Kozani, Greece
Kozani in the World of Maps is on display at the Municipal Map Library housed in the recently restored Georgios Lassanis Mansion at the center of the city. The historic Map Library, with its roots in 17th century, keeps a small but important collection of maps, atlases and geography books, mainly from 18th century, referred to the period of Greek Enlightenment. For example, a copy of the 1797 Rigas Velestinlis "Charta" as well as the extremely rare 1800 Anthimos Gazis world map are kept there among other maps and atlases which were never before put on public display. Contact info(at)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 Cartografia, at Avenida Observatorio No. 94, corner of Periférico Tacubaya, D.F., C.P. 11870, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, features exhibits about the general history of mapping of Mexico. Codices, atlases, navigational charts, topographic plans, and instruments used to make geodesic and topographical measurements are on display.



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



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



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



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



February 14, 2020 - February 28, 2022 – Oakland
We all use maps in our everyday lives—to navigate public transportation, find places to eat, and visualize big data like weather patterns or political opinions. But have you ever considered the deeper stories maps tell us? In You Are Here: California Stories on the Map, you’ll discover there’s more to maps than meets the eye. Showcasing a diverse range of maps from Oakland, the Bay Area, and California—from environmental surroundings and health conditions to community perspectives and creative artworks—experience how maps can be a powerful tool to share unique points of view and imagine a better future. Explore new perspectives of familiar places through maps made by the community, and mark your own stories on the community map inside the exhibition. The exhibit encompasses more than 50 maps divided with segmented focus on climate change, nature, public health, community projects, and maps from a personal perspective. It can be viewed in Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.



February 21, 2020 - Indefinite - Brookville, Pennsylvania
The Jefferson County History Center, 172-176 Main Street, has a map exhibit You Are Here. The Grand Hall and Skylight Gallery will showcase maps of western Pennsylvania and Jefferson County from pre-settlement times to present day. The exhibit also shows the development of Pennsylvania counties and Jefferson county townships and a number of early historic maps of Brookville. Of special note is a series of original 17th and 18th century New World maps on temporary loan from the Arader Gallery, NY City. Open Wed - Sat: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.



May 22, 2020 – May 2021 - Boston
From 17th century attempts to woo European settlers to the “New World” with maps that exaggerated natural resources, to a recent “Sharpie-enhanced” weather map designed to shape the politics of disaster planning, maps and visual data have always been used as tools for manipulating reality. In the wide-ranging free exhibition, Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception, the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., takes a critical look at how to understand the world as it appears in geographic representations. The show features both historical and contemporary documents, as well as interactives designed to engage visitors with the power of persuasive mapmaking.



October 17. 2020 – March 27, 2022 – Williamsburg
The first large-scale expansion and upgrade to the building that houses the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg since they were first joined under one roof in 2007 is complete. Guests at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are now able to enjoy an enhanced visitor experience through a new wing that adds 65,000 square feet to the building, numerous improved amenities as well as several new exhibitions. The Art Museums’ new era will continue throughout 2020 with more fascinating exhibitions. Among them is Promoting America: Maps of the Colonies and the New Republic, which explores how America’s indigenous peoples, flora, fauna and landscapes influenced iconography on maps of the continent and how those symbols changed, evolved or stayed the same over the course of two centuries. Featured in the exhibition are maps that date from 1590, which depicts the “New World” as a literal Garden of Eden and will be on view for the first time, to an 1822 map celebrating the relatively newly established United States as well as recent acquisitions and other maps never before exhibited at the Art Museums.



November 16, 2020 - October 30, 2021 - Kingfisher, Oklahoma
The Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Ave., has opened a special temporary exhibit featuring historical maps from the Oklahoma Historical Society, as well as historical surveying equipment from the museum. Maps and Mapmaking: Historical Maps of Oklahoma was created in partnership with the Oklahoma Historical Society’s John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center at the Oklahoma History Center. The exhibit highlights a collection of more than 20 historical maps of Oklahoma dating back to 1806. Additionally, the exhibit features historical surveying and mapmaking tools and equipment, some dating as far back as the 1840s.



February 2021 - October 2021 - Springfield, Tennessee
The current exhibit at the Robertson County History Museum, 124 W 6th Ave, celebrates the 225th Anniversary of Tennessee and of Robertson County. For those Museum visitors who enjoy old maps, there are plenty to “peruse.” A copy of an 1814 Tennessee map shows the Mero District separated from the Washington District by Cherokee lands. One map, published as the “Aboriginal Map” in 1886, shows the Military Reservation of 1783 and the Western Purchase of 1818. Stations and settlements of East Tennessee are also noted on this map. On one 1795 map, the State is labeled as “Tennassee.” It was published for “emigrants” coming into the frontier.



April 3, 2021 – October 10, 2021 - North Lincolnshire, England
The North Lincolnshire Museum, Oswald Road, features two cartographic exhibitions. Maps have always been used to make sense of and bring order to the world around us. They help us understand not just where we are, but also who we are. The exhibition On The Map will use maps to tell stories of war and conflict, power and control, our changing landscape, and our priorities and identities. It will show the development of the railway, military campaigns and changing local landscapes. The exhibition Colours Beneath Your Feet tells the story of William ‘Strata’ Smith, who created the first ever nationwide, detailed geological map of England, Wales and parts of Scotland. The centrepiece will be an 1815 copy of Smith’s beautiful, hand-coloured map of parts of the UK on loan from Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and the Larwood family.



April 23, 2021 - July 22, 2021 - Taiwan The National Palace Museum opened a new exhibition to show several full-scale maps that demonstrate historical developments in Taiwan and transportation routes in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The exhibition, titled Stories of Ancient Maps, offers visitors a rare chance to see full-scale maps of several meters in length and to "discover stories of the time in the detailed depiction in these maps," the museum said in a statement. The four maps of Taiwan in the exhibition, drawn between 1666 and the mid-18th century, show how the Qing government's understanding of Taiwan improved over the century, from seeing Taiwan as only an island of military importance to appreciating its natural scenery, Indigenous people, culture and customs.



May 13, 2021 - October 15, 2021 - Portland, Maine
We are pleased to announce the opening of Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education's new gallery exhibition: Where Will We Go From Here? Travel in the Age of COVID-19. The exhibition pairs historical maps, travel guides, and travel ephemera from our collections with contemporary reflections (crowd-sourced) on where we didn’t go in 2020-2021. This moving and reflective show asks us to consider all that we have collectively lost during the pandemic, and to think about where, as individuals and as a community, we will go from here. The OML gallery is free and open to the public (by appointment only) Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, 10am-3pm. Gallery visits are timed tickets. To book your timed ticket, please click here. Please enter the Glickman Family Library and proceed through the arcade to the Osher Map Library reference room and gallery entrance at 314 Forest Ave.



June 4, 2021 - August 31, 2021 - Duluth, Minnesota
Guests of the Glensheen, 3300 London Road, get the chance to take in a new summer exhibit that features more obscure items in the Congdons’ collection. Glensheen Obscura will display instruments, broken dolls and rare maps at the new exhibit.



July 2021 – November 2021 – Sydney An exhibition on the Mapping the Pacific will be at the State Library of New South Wales. Opening date to be announced. This exhibition explores the mapping of the Pacific, over 400 years from the early 1500s. Inquiries; maggie.patton(at)sl.nsw.gov.au.



August 27, 2021 - January 30, 2022 – Hamburg
I am pleased to announce the exhibition Farbe Trifft Land Farte [Colour meets country map] can be seen in Museum am Rothenbaum, Rothenbaumchaussee 64. A selection of wonderful maps will be on display and a (printed and online) exhibition catalogue is on the way.



December 2, 2021 – March 1, 2022 - Union City, Tennessee
Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd., has on exhibit The Fascinating World of Murray Hudson’s Globes and Maps. It features globes and maps on loan from Murray Hudson’s collection of more than 40,000 objects. He has collected for many years and currently owns and operates Murray Hudson Antique Maps, Globes, Books, & Prints in Halls. The exhibit will include examples of vintage globes and maps from different eras that reflect what the world was like at the point in time in history when they were produced.



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



Spring 2022 - Newark, Delaware
How do you look at a map? Do you start in the middle and work your way out, or do you begin by locating a familiar place? Each viewer approaches maps uniquely, informed by their existing beliefs and experiences. Multiple Middles: Maps from Early Modern Times features a selection of maps, atlases, and travel accounts from the Early Modern Period (between the 1500s and early 1800s). The exhibition takes narratives from the maps’ edges and repositions them as possible middles. As a result, previously unfamiliar histories and visual elements come to the fore. These objects highlight specific innovations, scientific theories, and geographical middles that their makers intentionally framed. The exhibition provides an alternate view of maps and early modern cartography. As you explore, we hope you draw parallels from the maps to today and leave wanting to explore more of the world around you. This exhibition, a collaboration between the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press and the University of Delaware’s Department of Art History, will be on view in the Special Collections Gallery, 181 S. College Avenue. Contact Special Collections <speccoll(at)udel.edu> for the specific dates as the university’s planning is uncertain for the spring.


Last Updated on June 4, 2021 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>