Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions

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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) 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) 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) or Roz Gibson (roz(at) 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) 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.


April 2014 - October 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.

July 1, 2017 – December 31, 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.

February 2018 - December 2018 - Dayton, Washington
Mapping Our Place: Maps of Dayton and Columbia County exhibit at Dayton Historic Depot, 222 E. Commercial St. features historic maps of Dayton and Columbia County. Three Sanborn Fire Insurance maps from 1898, 1909, and 1916, military road maps, and maps of Huntsville, Starbuck and Columbia County produced by George Baker, who owned the title company in Columbia County in 1900, and many more will be on display. The current hours of operation are; Wednesday through Saturday from 11-4 p.m.

March 2018 - December 2018 - San Antonio
Texas A&M University San Antonio is celebrating the city’s 300th anniversary through its tricentennial themed exhibit entitled, San Antonio as a Crossroads: 300 Years of an Evolving Frontier Community. The Tricentennial exhibit will explore San Antonio’s vibrant history through photographs, artwork, maps, documents, artifacts and ephemera to tell the story of an evolving frontier community as the heart of the region. The exhibition is in the Presidio Gallery located at the Bexar County Archives Building in the 120 block of East Nueva.


March 1, 2018 - December 2018 - Reno, Nevada
If you've been inside the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center lately, 1664 N Virginia St,, you may have wondered why there's a nearly full-size replica of the historic Reno Arch in the main floor atrium. Like the original arch downtown, it's a symbol of welcome. On May 9, 2018, Reno will turn 150, and this momentous occasion has prompted the Special Collections and University Archives Department of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries to launch a major exhibit in honor of the city's sesquicentennial. Spanning all five floors of the building, Reno at the Crossroads: A Sesquicentennial Exhibit, 1868-2018 explores Reno's colorful evolution from its founding in 1868 to the present through photographs, maps, documents, and objects. The scale of this exhibit provides us with the exciting opportunity to expose people at the University and throughout the community to many sides of Reno they might not have known, and encourage them to learn more. Most of it can be viewed during the open hours of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.


March 3, 2018 - February 19, 2019 - Washington, Texas
The Star of the Republic Museum's new exhibit, So Others Could Follow: Four Centuries of Maps That Define Texas, illustrates through maps the evolution of Texas over four centuries, both topographically and politically, under seven flags. The exhibit includes 20 maps spanning three centuries from the most famous cartographers in the world. The maps in the exhibit focus on the ever-changing shape of Texas in the years from the early 1500s through the late 1800s, encompassing the years before it was the Republic of Texas up to the days after it won statehood in the United States and through the Civil War. Exhibit highlights include maps that first mention Tejas (1721); Daniel Lizars' map of Mexico and Central America, prior to Mexico's push for independence (1833); the Republic of Texas from 1836-1845 when the first Congress of Texas defined this nation's boundaries and 23 counties. A map from 1842 depicts towns, villages, forts, roads, trails and Indian tribe locations, and a map from 1846 shows Texas when it was admitted to the Union at the beginning of the U.S. Mexican war.

April 26, 2018 - April 2019 – Madrid
The exhibition De Iberia a España a través de los mapas can be seen in the library of the Instituto Geográfico Nacional, Calle del Gral. Ibáñez de Ibero, 3.

May, 2018 - October 2018 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
For history professor Alan MacEachern, the idea came from leafing through a book from the 1940s about a woman who rode across Canada on horseback. Prince Edward Island was not included on the map of Canada on the cover. There have been recent stories of P.E.I. being left off the map, and the idea intrigued MacEachern. But as it turns out, leaving P.E.I. off maps has been a habit of cartographers and illustrators that goes back centuries. The exhibit MacEachern put together, Missing the Island, includes not just maps, but illustrations for advertising, an original copy of a book of Champlain's voyages dating back to 1613, and a T-shirt that his daughter found. Exhibition can be seen in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 145 Richmond St.


May 1, 2018 - May 27, 2019 – Washington
Postmen of the Skies, at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first regularly scheduled airmail flights. The exhibition invites visitors to step into the exciting and memorable stories of the airmail pilots whose pioneering flights set the stage for today’s advanced airmail system and commercial aviation. Pilot goggles, leggings, helmets and logbooks, along with route maps, telegrams and airmail-related pop culture artifacts, will invite visitors to witness and experience the birth of commercial aviation. Visitors will also experience rare historic photos and see an archival “you-are-there” video that tells the story of the origins of airmail. In 1918, the first regularly scheduled airmail service began operations.

May 19, 2018 – October 31, 2018 - Mystic, Connecticut
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave, announces its exhibit The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden. Joining The Vikings Begin will be an exhibition featuring the Vinland Map, a document that ignited a controversy in 1965 as it purported to prove the Vikings reached the New World long before Christopher Columbus. Is the map legitimate? Experts conclude it is not, but it still has a lot to tell us about issues of authenticity and the origins of modern America. This exhibition will place the Vinland Map on display in the U.S. for the first time in more than 50 years, allowing those who have followed the saga to see its primary evidence for the first time. This exhibition is made possible in collaboration with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.


May 19, 2018 - March 17, 2019 - St. Michaels, Maryland
Exploring the Chesapeake–Mapping the Bay, a new exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 North Talbot Street, looks at the different ways the Chesapeake Bay has been portrayed over time through mapping and charting. The exhibition will view changes in maps over time as an expression of what people were seeking in the Chesapeake—for natural resources, for safe passage, or for commercial opportunities. The exploration begins with European exploration in the 16th century, and continues with the growth of settlement in the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Scientific surveying methods brought improved accuracy in the 19th century, and special purpose maps showing railroads or tourist routes and destinations proliferated in the 20th century. More recent decades have introduced satellite imagery, geographic information systems, and Google maps, which continue to change how we view and understand the Chesapeake Bay region.


May 23, 2018 - December 31, 2018 – Prague
The Geographical Institute of the Faculty of Science of Charles University, Geographical Library and Map Collection, Albertov 6, have the honor to invite you to the exhibition Mikuláš Kladyán: first map of Bohemia 1518. This, the first separate detailed map of Bohemia, was published in Nuremberg. Unfortunately, the title of the map or the first line did not survive. It is possible that the Czech states ordered it to display the conditions in the country after the Saint-Wenceslas Treaty of 1517.The exhibition is open Monday to Friday (except holidays) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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.

June 26, 2018 - October 27, 2018 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, began in 1818 with a gift from Israel Thorndike of over 5,000 maps and atlases from the Ebeling collection of maps and Americana. Coming not long after a fire had devastated the university’s library, this gift bolstered efforts to repopulate the library. Now, 100 times bigger (and hopefully at least a little wiser), the Map Collection continues to collect new maps, old maps, and geospatial data. Visit our exhibition, Follow the Map: The Harvard Map Collection at 200, to explore the growth of the Map Collection. The exhibition brings together captured Japanese maps from World War 2, hand-drawn nineteenth-century surveys of Bavaria, Early Modern atlases, and aerial photographs taken with cameras attached to pigeons to trace the network of donors, collectors, and curators who have defined the size and scope of the Harvard Map Collection. The exhibition is free and will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 and Saturdays 10-2.


August 2018 - October 2018 – Indianapolis
Indiana's Statehouse, a new exhibit, is currently on display in both the Exhibit Hall and the second floor Great Hall of the Indiana State Library, 315 W Ohio St. This year marks the 130th anniversary of the completion of a new Statehouse for Indiana. The exhibit includes drawings, photographs, maps and other historical materials from the collections of the Indiana State Library.

August 14, 2018 - October 28, 2018 – Seoul
Outside of map collectors and geography fanatics, it’s difficult to find people carrying physical maps with them these days. In the past, it was impossible for travelers to go anywhere without studying a map, but navigation systems and smartphones can now tell you where to turn and even suggest the fastest route in real time. The latest exhibition at the National Museum of Korea, 137 Seobinggo-ro, showcases an array of Korea’s ancient maps, which are becoming rarer each day. Titled 500 Years of the Joseon Dynasty Maps,” the exhibit displays some 260 maps from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The vast collection reveals that the people of Joseon had a bit of a cartographic obsession.

August 17, 2018 - November 6, 2018 - Thousand Oaks, California
Both the science and art of maps are highlighted in the collection of a local resident, Ernst F. Tonsing, on exhibit at California Lutheran University. Mapping Meaning: Adventures in Cartography will be on display in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art. This exhibit presents a variety of maps and ways of reading them, along with cultural objects from the times of their creation. Works date from the 16th century to the present, including a collection focusing on Scandinavia, a depiction of California as an island, and maps of the heavens. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is located in William Rolland Stadium on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard.

August 20, 2018 - November 16, 2018 - Staunton, Virginia
The walls of the History Gallery at the R. R. Smith Center for History & Art, 20 S. New Street, are adorned with dozens of 17th century, copper-engraved and beautifully hand colored maps of France – a tribute to the important influence that France has had on Virginia wine and cheese production. Curated by Scott Ballin and hosted by the Augusta County Historical Society, the exhibit entitled Vive La France includes more than two dozen of the beautiful maps, many from the noted Blaeu Family “Grand Atlas,” with some from other noted 17th Century cartographers.

September 1, 2018 - 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.

September 5, 2018 - October 5, 2018 – Zaragoza
The exhibition Aragón on the map: the image of Aragón through cartography can be seen in the Museo de Zaragoza, Plaza los Sitios, 6. The exhibition offers a vision of the evolution of the territory from the first maps in which some place names and geographical features are identified within the Iberian Peninsula, up to the precision of contemporary cartography with the use of new technologies applied to geographic information. Through this sample of 72 works, including atlases, maps and documents, the rich cartographic heritage preserved in Aragon is highlighted.

September 8, 2018 - November 9, 2018 - Janville, Eure-et-Loir, France
About 50 km to the south-west of Paris begins a vast plain devoted mainly to an intensive cereal production. Three times as large as the Duchy of Luxembourg, it is bound roughly by the cities of Chartres in the north and the Loire River, with Orléans and Blois in the south. Although it never enjoyed the status of a royal domain, its importance was recognized on the first map of modern France, the Gallia Novella by Francesco Berlinghieri (Florence 1482), and it has ever since been recorded on maps of France and its provinces. About a dozen maps dedicated to that region by French and Dutch mapmakers are on record from the end of the sixteenth to the beginning of the eighteenth centuries. In 1790, with the French revolution, the regions of the ancient regime were absorbed into the newly created 83 Departments. Horizons de la Beauce – Cartes géographiques de l’ancien Grenier de la France [Horizons of the Beauce – Ancient Maps of the former Granary of France] brings together, for the first time, about fifty maps of Beauce and surrounding provinces from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. The maps document the historical evolution of this little-known area in terms of topography and human environment. Some surveyors’ instruments and other cartographic items complete the display. A catalogue, in French, is available. Venue is Médiathèque Etude, 16 rue du Cheval Bardé.

September 15, 2018 - December 16, 2018 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Mercatormuseum, Zamanstraat 49, has an exhibition De Republiek boetseert de Wereld [The Dutch color the World] which is curated by Stanislas De Peuter. The following three parts form the basis of this exposition:
- the search for the spices (the exploration of the "five" waterways);
- the Dutch follow the Portuguese: the story of the VOC;
- the 17th century Dutch cartography of the known continents.
Many maps will be shown in reflection, such as historical maps of New England and the three most important maps of Magellanica. Also shown at this exhibition are the four fabulous Peutinger-Ortelius maps of the antique world.


September 17, 2018 - January 18, 2019 - Arlington, Texas
Special Collections, Sixth Floor, University of Texas Arlington Central Library has an exhibition Paths to Highways: Routes of Exploration, Settlement and Commerce.

October 5, 2018 - January 20, 2019 – Paris
At a time when there is talk about how Syria could be divided into zones of influence between Russia and United States, the authentic document of a secret agreement signed during World War I dividing the Middle East among European powers will be exhibited at the Musee de l’Armee, 129 Rue de Grenelle. Called A l’est la guerre sans fin 1918-1923 [In the east war without end], the exhibition comprises over 250 items from 15 countries that include documents, treaties, as well as maps that have shaped Europe after World War I. It has been organized to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. In addition to the Sykes Picot agreement, the secret accord between France and the United Kingdom for the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire, the ratification letter of the Treaty of Lausanne by the newly founded Turkish Republic will also be exhibited.

October 5, 2018 - January 2, 2019 - Santa Barbara, California
The John and Peggy Maximus Gallery at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, will exhibit antique maps and books from the 17th-19th centuries in a show titled The Kingdom of California; Mapping the Pacific Coast in the Age of Exploration. The Kingdom of California offers stories of early mapping of the Pacific Coast told through antique maps on loan from La Jolla Map and Atlas Museum, the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Rare Book Collection.

October 6, 2018 - April 22, 2019 - Hampton, Virginia
Civil War Journey is an extraordinary touring exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. The exhibition can be seen in Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane. Eyewitness accounts and images from the Civil War memoir of Union soldier, cartographer, and Confederate prisoner of war Robert Knox Sneden are showcased in an exhibition of 45 watercolor maps and drawings that provide a unique and mesmerizing perspective on the Civil War. Serving as a cartographer for the Army of the Potomac, Sneden was captured by John S. Mosby’s troops at Brandy Station but continued to make clandestine drawings while held in the notorious Andersonville Prison as a Confederate prisoner of war.

October 8-28, 2018- Manila
The Holy Grail of ancient Philippine maps is the “Carta Hydrographica y Chorographica de las Yslas Filipinas” of 1734, better known as the Murillo Velarde map. Until some years ago, few Filipinos other than historians and antique map collectors knew about it. All that has changed since the map became a key piece of evidence cementing the Philippine claim on Scarborough Shoal (clearly shown on the map as “Panacot”). Only 14 copies of the Murillo Velarde map are known to exist in the world, four of which are in the Philippines. Three of these precious original artifacts will be exhibited in the same room when the International Map Collectors’ Society holds its 36th annual symposium at the Ayala Museum.

October 9, 2018 - April 20, 2019 – Boston
An artist’s inspiration arises from internal and external sources, perceived and unconscious. When maps are one of those sources, artists can access and subvert the power and meaning of cartographic formats and geographic concepts. With these tools, artists explore worlds of personal emotions, ideas, memories, and places beyond the geographic documentation created by conventional mapmakers. The exhibition Crossing Boundaries: Art // Maps compares contemporary works of art with maps spanning six centuries. These juxtapositions aim to create a dialogue that can illuminate the crossing of the traditional boundaries of art and maps, and stimulate fresh appreciation of both media. This exhibition will be on display in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

October 10, 2018 - April 13, 2019 – Philadelphia
Philadelphia: The Changing City is an exhibition that analyzes Philadelphia's growth across more than three centuries. Displayed are more than 80 rare and revelatory prints, photographs, documents, and maps from the Free Library of Philadelphia's Special Collections and Research Departments. The exhibit will be on view in the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, third-floor William B. Dietrich Gallery. The Changing City will illustrate and discuss Philadelphia’s origin as a carefully laid-out grid of streets and squares set between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers; its distinctions as "a city of homes" and "a city of neighborhoods"; its role as a living laboratory for city-planning, urban-renewal, and historic preservation; and its recent history as a once-declining city experiencing a dramatic renaissance marked by an influx of new residents and businesses, booming tourism, and growing educational, health, and cultural institutions while struggling with persisting poverty, new tensions around gentrification, and an aging infrastructure.

October 11, 2018 - September 8, 2019 - New York
A new exhibit at the New York Transit Museum is sure to pique the interest of map enthusiasts and history buffs alike. The Navigating New York exhibit in the Downtown Brooklyn museum, 99 Schermerhorn Street, highlights the city’s transit history through the lens of maps dating to the 19th Century. Through a collection of transit maps, railroad and ferry routes, biking and walking paths and other materials like guidebooks, the exhibit seeks to highlight the link between the city’s increased development and the interconnectivity of its transit systems.

October 18, 2018 - November 17, 2018 - Hong Kong
A special map and chart exhibition, curated by Mr. K.L. Tam (Board member, Hong Kong Maritime Museum) will be held at Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

October 20, 2018 - March 2019 - Lewisburg, West Virginia
The Greenbrier Historical Society has an exhibit at the North House Museum, 814 W Washington St: James Wilson, America's First Terrestrial and Celestial Globe Maker. Wilson was a self-taught globe maker from New Hampshire. Wilson and three of his sons operated two manufacturing plants in Bradford, Vt., and Albany, N.Y. After just a few years of operation they were able to outsell the European globe makers who dominated the American market until then. It's a real American success story. The exhibit will include the historical society’s original, fully restored Wilson terrestrial globe. Another unusual exhibit item is the first map made and engraved in America. Printed in 1794, it is a map of Virginia by Samuel Lewis.

Last Updated on October 14, 2018 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>