Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions


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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
Five Hundred Years of Florida Maps features items selected from the J. Thomas and Lavinia W. Touchton Collection of Florida Cartography at The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street. These maps and charts represent some of the "Florida" map-makers visions that have been created over the past 500 years.



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 – Amsterdam
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 6, 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 Hist
órico 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.



September 13, 2017 – March 4, 2018 – Leiden
The Museum of Anthropology (Museum Volkenkunde) organizes a special gallery exhibition: Mapping Asia. The reason is that Leiden University, the City of Leiden and all its partners are celebrating Leiden Asia Year. About 30 objects, maps and objects on which Asian countries are depicted illustrate that maps are much more than you would think at first sight. Maps are not objective. We assume that they only show how an area looks. But what you see is the vision of man behind it, the creator and the client. They have portrayed how to think about a particular area: what is to be found and who is the boss for example.



September 29, 2017 - February 24, 2018 - Fribourg
The Library of the University of Fribourg, Joseph-Piller 2, has the exhibition Freiburg à la carte. Die Stadt von 1822 bis heute. The exhibition provides an overview of the history of the cartographic as well as the persons and associations that have been in Fribourg since the beginning of the 19th century to the present time.



September 30, 2017 - February 25, 2018 – Boston
Humans have been delving below Earth’s surface for tens of thousands of years. From the earliest maps of the spiritual underworld made by ancient man, to digital maps of the seabed produced today, the human need to explore and envision the world beneath our feet is age-old. The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street exhibition Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below will show you how ancient Romans carved vast underground catacombs, how minerals and natural resources have been studied, engineered and transported since the 19th century, how today’s scientific and cartographic advancements have enabled us to picture the entire ocean floor, and what lies below the streets of Boston. As you explore nearly 400 years of maps and images of the world below, you can compare the historical viewpoint with the modern, and see how we have advanced our perception and depiction of what lies beneath.



October 10, 2017 - March 18, 2018 – Seville
Based on the discovery of a manuscript of the eighteenth century by the architect José Matías de Figueroa, of the River Guadalquivir, the Library of the University of Seville organized the exhibition Guadalquivir. Maps and stories of a river. Image and look. The exhibition can be seen in the General Archive of the Indies, Avenida de la Constitución, 3. Curated by Professor José Peral, the exhibition shows a wide selection of cartographic material, printed books and manuscripts, historical works and recent photographs from the Library of the University of Seville, Archive General de Indias and more than twenty institutions.



October 13, 2017 - February 18, 2018 - San Francisco
The California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, has two simultaneous exhibitions: Alexander Hamilton: Treasures from the New-York Historical Society that examines the life and prolific career of now-popular American statesman Alexander Hamilton (c. 1755–1804) and his lasting influence on shaping the foundation of the modern United States; and Meanwhile Out West: Colonizing California, 1769-1821 that explores Spanish Colonial California during the period of Hamilton's life. The exhibitions implicitly ask the questions: Who tells the story of the United States? Who tells the story of California? Meanwhile Out West: Colonizing California demonstrates that pre-conquest, much of what we know as the Southwest and west coast of the United States was the home of hundreds of thousands of Native people and the edge of the Spanish frontier. This exhibition explores the history of the region now known as California during the Spanish era, which roughly coincides with Alexander Hamilton's life and the nation's founding, through exquisite art and manuscripts drawn from CHS's collection, and artifacts borrowed from the Autry Museum of the American West, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and the Museum of Mission Dolores. The treasures from the CHS Collection include manuscripts created by Spanish military commanders and missionaries, lavishly illustrated folio volumes recording European voyages of exploration to California and the Pacific Northwest, and rare maps illuminating changing geographic understandings of California and the quest for the Northwest Passage.



October 19, 2017 - February 12, 2018 – Moscow
(‘Karty zemel’ Rossiyskogo Severa: real’nost’ i miphy’) [Maps of the Lands of the Russian North: Reality and the Myths] can be seen at Russian State Library, Ivanovsky Hall. Catalogue, edited by Art Volhkonka (207 pp., ills). ISBN 978-5-906848-46-8. Within one space, there are collected manuscript and printed maps, which represent the history of the development of the Northern territories from the 16th to the 21st century. There are old and modern atlases, General maps of the Russian state and maps of provinces, navigation charts and maps of expeditions, educational illustrated maps, preserved in the collections of the two largest libraries of the country – the Russian State Library and the Russian National Library, as well as artifacts from the private collection of the collector Andrey Kusakin. In the age of gadgets when we do not hesitate to use maps in tablets and smartphones, an old map on the wall or in the world atlas remains close to a miracle. It takes you back for a few centuries and makes you think, how was happening the discovery of continents and islands, conquering of mountains, overcoming of forests and seas, and contacts of different civilizations. Development of the vast expanses of the North is one of the most exciting stories of world history. Exhibition in the Ivanovsky Hall demonstrates how gradually expanded the knowledge about cold and unapproachable Russian North, how the white spots of mysterious Tartary were filled in with the real outlines of coasts, mountains and islands, how in the map appeared the names of the pioneers - explorers – Willem Barentsz, Semyon Dezhnev, Vitus Bering. And often the cost of move from myth to reality, from ignorance to knowledge was a human life. The pearl of the exhibition is "Drawing Book of Siberia", which gives an idea of the Russian cartography before Peter the Great. It is the earliest domestic atlas, extant, created in 1701. It does not yet have parallels and meridians, the North may be on the bottom, not at the top; the shape of the land was made "by patrol", "by talks" and "by interrogation" of service people, locals and travelers. There is an exhibition catalogue, edited by Art Volhkonka (207 pp., ills), ISBN 978-5-906848-46-8. Project Manager – Natalia Samoylenko; Curatorial group – Lyudmila Zinchuk, Lyudmila Kildyushevskaya. Designer of the exhibition – Eric Belousov.



October 21, 2017 - February 28, 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 25, 2017 - February 18, 2018 – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Whether in illusions of curling corners, ripped insets, or overlapping sheets, cartographers have long enticed us to reach out and touch their creations. The exhibition Look But Don't Touch: Tactile Illusions on Maps invites you to learn more about the relationship between touch and sight in the representation of abstract space and how those visual illusions have traveled the world. On view in Pusey Library, M–F, 9–5, and Saturday, 10–2.



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 3, 2017 – March 11, 2018 – New York
The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the exhibition
Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. The exhibition uses maps, hand drawn and hand printed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, to illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War. The New York Historical Society has added rarely seen manuscript and printed maps from its premier collection to what is a remarkable selection of maps at the core of the exhibition traveling from the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Among the additions are a selection of maps drawn in the field by Robert Erskine, Geographer and Surveyor General of the Continental Army, and his successor Simeon Dewitt, and a copy of John Mitchell’s Map of the British and French Dominions in North America with the Roads, Distances, Limits and Extent of the Settlements (1755) to which John Jay added red lines to indicate proposed boundaries during the negotiations of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.



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, Pennsylvania
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.



November 24, 2017 – March 29, 2018 – Cambridge
An exhibition Landscapes Below; Mapping and the New Science of Geology can be seen in Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library. Featuring the biggest-ever object (1.9mx1.6m) to go on display at the Library: George Bellas Greenough's 1819 “A Geological Map of England and Wales” (the first map produced by the Geological Society of London), as well as a visually stunning collection of maps from the earliest days of geology – the exhibition explores how these new subterranean visions of the British landscape influenced our understanding of the Earth. All the maps belonging to the library are going on display for the first time. Admission is free. Opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-16.30pm.



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, Massachusetts
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 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018 - Bilzen, Belgium
Erik Van Hove is a patron of Bilzen's library and a collector of historical maps from the 16th to the 18th century. His beautiful maps of our regions, Historische kaarten aflevering 3, Fricx, are exhibited in the exhibition space in the Bibliotheek Bilzen, Eikenlaan 23.



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 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>.



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.



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 2018 - September 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.



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.


Last Updated on February 2, 2018 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>