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 Cartografía, at Avenida Observatorio No. 94, corner of Periférico Tacubaya, D.F., C.P. 11870, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, features exhibits about the general history of mapping of Mexico. Codices, atlases, navigational charts, topographic plans, and instruments used to make geodesic and topographical measurements are on display.



Indefinite – Montreal
History and Memory showcases almost 500 artifacts, images, archival documents, and early maps from the Stewart Museum’s vast collection showing the influence of European civilizations in New France and North America. The planispheres, star charts and maps of North and South America and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans amply illustrate the expanding geographic knowledge gained by Europeans as they made their way across continents, that until then, had remained terra incognita. Added to these artefacts is a major collection of globes and navigation instruments: mariner’s compass, traverse board, nocturnal, astrolabe, sundial, and maritime hourglass from the 18th century. The Stewart Museum is located at the British military depot on St. Helen's Island, Parc Jean-Drapeau.



Indefinite - Raleigh, North Carolina
Capital Cartography: A History of Raleigh in Maps can be seen at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street. This exhibit showcases over two hundred years of Raleigh’s development through a collection of historic maps. Looking at maps as more than way finding tools, visitors experience cartography as a reflection of the times and the draftsmen who crafted them. The exhibit features 14 maps that reflect over 200 years of the Capital city’s history.



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



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



Indefinite - Vienna
The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library, Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 9, is the world's only institution devoted to the study of globes and related instruments like armillary spheres and planetariums. On display in eight rooms are many of the more than 460 globes owned by the Museum. Additionally there is a bilingual (German and English) multimedia presentation about globe history, globe making, and the use of globes. Additional information from globen(at)onb.ac.at or Tel.: (+43 1) 534 10-710 or Fax: (+43 1) 534 10-319.



Indefinite - Washington
Exploring the Early Americas is an exhibition featuring the 1507 Waldseemüller "World Map," the first map to use the name America; and rotating items from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which includes rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. Also on display is Waldseemüller's "Carta Marina" or Navigators' Chart; and the Schöner Sammelbund, a portfolio that contained two world maps and other cartographic materials. The exhibition is in the Northwest Gallery of the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. The exhibit is free and open to the public.



Indefinite – Washington
Mapping a Growing Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784 is an exhibition at the Library of Congress featuring the first map of the newly independent United States that was compiled, printed and published in America by an American. The exhibition will be located in the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Rare and historically important, the Abel Buell map also was the first map to be copyrighted in the United States. Seven copies of the map are known to exist, and this copy is considered the best preserved and, therefore, is the most frequently chosen for illustration of Buell’s work. Also on display will be four early maps of North America by John Mitchell, Carington Bowles, Thomas Hutchins and William Faden, which were created from 1755 to 1778. Buell most likely consulted these maps when he engraved his large wall map. A 1784 map of the United States by William McMurray, which was published nine months after Buell’s map, will complete the exhibition.



Indefinite – Washington
In 2011, Albert H. Small donated to George Washington University Museum, 701 21st Street NW, his unrivaled collection of 1,000 maps and prints, rare letters, photographs, and drawings that document the history of Washington, DC. A Collector’s Vision: Creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection presents highlights of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, including Mr. Small's first acquisition and other items that explore what motivates individuals to collect.



June 21, 2019 – April 18, 2020 – Edinburgh
The National Library of Scotland will bring together leading intellectual, cultural, medical and scientific figures for a show that will lift the lid on the “phenomenon that changed the country’s course”. Northern Lights will recall the unprecedented “outburst” of accomplishments achieved by a diverse array of key players in the 18th century. Billed as “a showcase of the leading role Scotland took in the intellectual and scientific progress of the later 18th century”, the exhibition will feature rarely seen books, manuscripts and maps from the library’s archives.



October 25, 2019 – May 2, 2020 - Hartford, Connecticut
War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution can be seen in the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library, 1 Elizabeth Street. A new exhibit shares the little-known story of Revolutionary War Patriot and mapmaker Bernard Romans. Romans came to the American colonies in 1757 during the French and Indian War, surveying for the British along the Atlantic seaboard. Romans became a supporter of American independence, joined the Continental Army, and eventually settled in Wethersfield, CT. Both the British and Americans used Romans’ maps during the American Revolution. In 1780, he was captured by the British and died in 1784, mysteriously, while a prisoner. Incredibly rare maps from the CHS collection, published by Romans and his contemporaries, as well as earlier Connecticut maps from the 17th and 18th centuries, will be displayed.



November 7, 2019 – May 29, 2020 – Florence The Global Eye. Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese Maps in the Collections of the Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici can be seen in Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Piazza San Lorenzo, 9.



November 13, 2019 – May 10, 2020 - Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., has an exhibition America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century - Part II (Homesteads to Modern Cities: Mapping America 1862-1900).



November 23, 2019 - August 2, 2020 - Austin, Texas
The Frank and Carol Holcomb Map Collection consists primarily of Texas maps spanning from 1513 to 1904. With an emphasis on color and rarity, the maps are both art and historical images. Collectors' Gallery: The Frank and Carol Holcomb Map Collection exhibition focuses on landmark maps of Texas from 1646 to 1874, with the bulk of material showing the explosive growth of the region from 1830 to 1851, when Texas sovereignty changed three times in only 21 years. Exhibit can be seen at the Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.



December 11, 2019 - May 1, 2020 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Harvard Map Collection welcomes you to our exhibition, Building Boston, Shaping Shorelines. This exhibition allows you to trace the projects to reclaim land and build the infrastructure that has produced a city out of a peninsula. Come learn how much of Boston is on man-made land and what impacts that has had and will have on the city. The exhibition will be on view in the gallery on the first floor of the Pusey Library.



January 2020 - May 2020 - Brunswick, Maine
Maine had a long and complicated path to statehood, and becoming the 23rd state 200 years ago brought its fair share of growing pains. State of Maine, an exhibit on display through this spring at Bowdoin College’s Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 5 College St., explores those triumphs and tribulations with maps, books and other rare and historic items culled from the college’s archives. Maps focuse on the shape of Maine. While the southern border with New Hampshire was concrete, the northeast boundary with New Brunswick, then a British Canadian province, was left unclear by the 1783 Treaty of Paris that had settled the American Revolution. Maps from 1794 and 1814 show differing views on where that line between the two countries should be drawn, and a handwritten letter on the issue from Samuel Smith, Maine’s 10th governor, to Edward Kavanagh, the 17th, is also on display.



January 18, 2020 - April 12, 2020 - The Hague
The Huis van het boek, Prinsessegracht 30, will exhibit The atlas of Blaeu: A World Book. The atlas is one of the absolute masterpieces of Huis van het boek and the pinnacle of Dutch seventeenth-century printing. The 'Great Atlas', published between 1662 and 1665, is known as the most beautiful atlas ever made. The House of the book copy is exceptionally beautiful because all cards have been 'deposited' (colored in) by the Amsterdam master-depositor Dirck Jansz. van Santen. The atlas comes from the Utrecht professor Hadrianus Relandus (1676-1718). Baron Willem van Westreenen, the founder of the museum, acquired the atlas at the auction of the Meerman library in 1824.



January 20, 2020 - June 2020 - Madison, New Jersey
New Jersey's beautiful landscape offers its residents many reasons to celebrate. From the Great Swamp, to the coastal Jersey Shore, to the mountain ranges, our state's scenery is diverse and eclectic. But how have people come to learn and understand this land over time? Museum of Early Trades & Crafts' Main Gallery exhibit, Surveying the New Jersey Landscape, will feature historic maps, surveying tools, and other accounts that provide us with a unique lens through which we can better understand and honor our relationship to this precious land. Museum is located at 9 Main Street.



January 30, 2020 - April 19, 2020 – Barcelona
The exhibition Mapes, país, futur: Centenari de l’exposició cartogràfica catalana (1919) can be seen in Museu d'Història de Catalunya, Plaça de Pau Vila, 3. The exhibition of more than sixty maps of Catalonia, from the 17th century to 1919, is organized by the Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia (ICGC) in collaboration with the Center Excursionista de Catalunya (CEC), the History Museum of Catalonia (MHC) and with the sponsorship of Hitachi. The centenary of the exhibition organized by the CEC in 1919 is commemorated, and many of the maps are the same as those displayed at that time.



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 2020 - August 21, 2020 - Athens, Georgia
Paving the Road to Progress: Georgia Interstate Highways is now on display in the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies’ gallery, 300 S Hull Street. It traverses the rocky path of the interstate system’s development, which cost far more and took much longer than predicted. The exhibition examines the tension between motorists, landowners, politicians and the State Highway Department through artifacts, including historic maps, reports, correspondence and legislation. Political cartoons, pamphlets and posters reveal the cultural impact of interstate travel.



March 1, 2020 - May 25, 2020 – Houston
If they gave an award for most epic art exhibition, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s presentation Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library would definitely win for the season, if not the year. Spanning 4,000 years and containing more than 200 glorious objects – including paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, maps, textiles, porcelains, ceramics, metalwork and jewelry – the exhibition holds a rare concentration of beauty and history in one place. Cartographic treasures include the famous" Map of the World" (1526) by Juan Vespucci; "Portolan Atlas of the World" (Venice, ca. 1550) by Battista Agnese; and the "Portolan Atlas of the Mediterranean Sea and Eastern Atlantic" (Messina, 1582) by Joan Martines.



March 4, 2020 - May 31, 2020 – Madrid
The Community of Madrid has opened the exhibition Madrid: three centuries of cartography. The exhibition can be seen, free of charge, in the Exhibition Hall of the El Águila Complex, Calle de Ramírez de Prado, 3. More than 60 maps from 1623 to the 20th century show the development of the city of Madrid.



March 5, 2020 - July 5, 2020 – Bern
The 500th birthday of the city doctor of Bern, Thomas Schöpf (1520–1577), is the occasion to go into an eventful life and to critically appreciate the work that became known in connection with his name: Die Schöpfkarte. Exhibiton is in Bibliothek Münstergasse, University Library, University of Bern.



May 2020 - East Hartford, Connecticut
In conjunction with the Historical Society of East Hartford, the East Hartford Public Library, 840 Main Street, will be hosting an exhibit of maps and postcards of East Hartford in May, that showcase the town’s rich history and development over time. Both organizations will draw from their collections to highlight some of their respective treasures. These maps and postcards demonstrate how the town has evolved from a small farming village to an industrial center. Viewers will see how a small Podunk summer settlement became farmland, then tobacco fields, to present-day suburban development and industrial strength. The exhibit may be viewed during the library’s open hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-8 pm; Friday-Saturday, 9 am-5pm.



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.




Last Updated on March 30, 2020 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>