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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
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.
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 - August 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.
April 14, 2017 – September 30, 2018 –
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.
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 Histórico 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 – July 16, 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.
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.
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.
January 2018 - September 30, 2018 - Huissen, Netherlands
The Stadsmuseum Hof van Hessen, Vierakkerstraat 39, will be showing Kaarten van Gelre en Kleef [Maps of Guelders and Cleves]. The exhibition is of original maps from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Because Huissen was once on the border of both regions, it is on maps of both Gelre and the Betuwe (on the east side) and maps of the Duchy of Cleves (on the west side).
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.
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 – September 17, 2018 - San Antonio
The Witte Museum and Texas General Land Office leaders are excited to announce Connecting Texas: 300 Years of Trails, Rails, and Roads, a new collaborative exhibition. This exhibition highlights the complexity of the pathways that symbolize the many cultures that found a place in the land we now call Texas and is another way to reflect on the past 300 years of San Antonio’s history. The exhibition will be in the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St., and feature maps that examine how explorers, Native Americans, armies immigrants and early settlers moved in, around and across Texas over the last 300 years.
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.
March 24, 2018 - September 30, 2018 – Boston
Boston boasts some of the nation’s most recognizable and cherished green spaces, from Boston Common, to the Emerald Necklace, to hundreds of neighborhood parks, playgrounds, tot lots, community gardens, playing fields, cemeteries, and urban wilds. Breathing Room: Mapping Boston’s Green Spaces can be seen in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. In this exhibition, you will learn how the country’s oldest public park grew from a grazing pasture to an iconic recreational and social center, how 19th-century reformers came to view parks as environmental remedies for ill health, how innovative landscape architects fashioned green oases in the midst of a booming metropolis, and what the future holds for Boston’s open spaces.
March 28, 2018 - August 5, 2018 – Paris
L'épopée du canal de Suez / Des pharaons au XXIe siècle [Suez Canal / Forty centuries of epic since Pharaoh Sezostrees’s III time] can be seen at Arab World Institute, 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard. This exhibition was tailored to celebrate the passing of 150 years since the inauguration of the Suez Canal. Included are 170 pieces that depict the Suez Canal’s story from Sezostrees III era to date. The exhibition contains manuscripts, maps, models, miniatures, rare films, art paintings, and old newspaper clippings.
April 2018 - August 2018 – Washington
Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton, a text-based exhibition at the George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St NW, captures some of the 18th-century parlance that sparked Lin-Manuel Miranda’s word-drunk show. Assembled primarily from Antonia M. Chambers’s private collection, Breaking News includes 18 newspapers and pamphlets — including “The American Museum” — published in or just after Hamilton’s lifetime. These are supplemented with maps and historical information. Among the maps on display is a copy (from the GWU Museum’s holdings) of the 1790 street plan for Washington devised by Pierre “Peter” L’Enfant.
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.
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 - October 2018 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward
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 5, 2018 - July 15, 2018 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Recently two globes made by Mercator, one terrestrial and the other celestial, were found at the University of Lausanne. After restoration, the globes are now displayed in the Musée Arlaud, Place de la Riponne 2bis. The exhibition Terra Incognita confronts two worlds beyond the centuries: that of the Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator and that of the visual artist Lausanne de Francesco. Both combine technology and aesthetics, abstract thinking and the most minute craftsmanship to reflect their times. The interactions generated by this meeting between heaven and earth, where the sea takes a huge place at a time when migrants in distress reach the island of Lampedusa (a work of Marco de Francesco testifies directly), will be fueled by the look and curiosity of the visitors. The process of authentication and restoration will be presented, as well as the added value of the "Mercator system" in the history of cartography.
May 9, 2018 - September 3, 2018 – Washington
The first major traveling exhibition dedicated to the arts of the Swahili Coast, World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean can be seen at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue, SW. The exhibition presents more than 160 artworks brought together from public and private collections from four continents. These works reflect on the diverse interchanges breaking the barriers between Africa and Asia in a space that physically connects the Smithsonian's African and Asian art museums. The exhibition features a range of works from intimate pieces of jewelry to impressive architectural elements including exquisitely illuminated Qur'ans, carved doorposts, furniture, maps, and other works. These works are recognized for not only their artistic excellence, but also how they visualize wide-reaching networks of mobility and encounter.
May 16, 2018 - September 3, 2018 – Paris
The National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet, 6, place d’Iéna, is offering for the first time a cartographic exhibition, Le monde vu d’Asie, that tells another story of the world, fully embracing the Asian point of view. The masterpieces, famous or unpublished, testify to the richness of the different traditions (China, Japan, Korea, India, Vietnam, etc.) and the fruitful exchanges between the different Asian regions; as well as between Asia and France and the rest of the world. These maps and iconographic representations (paintings, engravings, manuscripts or objects), often relegated to the status of exotic documents, appear here as true works of art and precious historical sources, which shed light on the decisive role of Asia in the process of globalization from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. They show the cosmographic constructions, pilgrimage routes, discovery routes, imperial gestures, urban projects, and colonial expansions, all cultural phenomena and social practices involved in the invention of Asia, which yesterday as today, is at the center of the world.
May 19, 2018 - September 30, 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,
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 21, 2018 - July 19, 2018 - Centre, Alabama
Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps, a collection of more than three dozen historic maps that depict Alabama’s history is on display at the Cherokee County Public Library, 310 Mary St. The special exhibit is part of the library’s salute to the Alabama Bicentennial. It is located in the library’s conference room and is open to the public during regular library hours. The collection has been assembled by the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library. A grant for display costs has been provided by the Alabama Bicentennial Committee. A majority of the maps were gifts by collector/historian Rucker Agee. The earliest dates from 1545 and shows the eastern part of what is now the United States, as well as South America.
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.
May 26, 2018 - September 1, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario
Massive maps that were smuggled out of France and likely used by the British to help defeat Napoleon are on display at McMaster Museum of Art for the first time. Welcome to the Gentleman, Soldier, Scholar & Spy: The Napoleonic era maps of Robert Clifford, a remarkable display of Napoleonic era maps collected by English nobleman and sometime spy Robert Clifford (1767-1817). The 20 colourful and artful maps, which date from early 1700s until the early 1800s, were smuggled out of France more than two centuries ago by Clifford and used by the British to help defeat Napoleon. They were acquired by McMaster in 1969, and many are being shown publicly for the first time.
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 8, 2018 - September 23, 2018 - New York
Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders can be seen at The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue. Monsters captivated the imagination of medieval men and women, just as they continue to fascinate us today. Drawing on the Morgan's superb collection of illuminated manuscripts, this major exhibition, the first of its kind in North America, will explore the complex social role of monsters in the Middle Ages. Several maps with monsters are displayed.
June 9, 2018 - August 5, 2018 – Shanghai
A century of change on Nanjing Road East highlights the changes in the downtown area. The exhibition can be seen in Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, No.100 Renmin Main Street. Included are over 2,000 photos. Seven maps dating back to 1884 will also be exhibited and compared with a contemporary map of the downtown area.
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.
September 8, 2018 - November 9, 2018 - Janville, Eure-et-Loir,
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,
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.
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.