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 - Astoria, Oregon
The European Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment were periods of unprecedented expansion of human knowledge. Few gains were greater than in the understanding of the geography of the world. The Pacific Coast was the last region to be explored, proving to be full of great hardship and promise. Mapping the Pacific Coast displays maps of the Western Hemisphere and Pacific Ocean, and can be seen at The Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive.



Indefinite – Boston
Becoming Boston: Eight Moments in the Geography of a Changing City can be seen in the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. The exhibition follows the changing spatial forms of the place we now call Boston. Maps trace out the complicated history of places, and we can use them to document geography in much the same way that we can use diaries and letters to document biography. In the eight cases of this exhibition, we follow the changing spatial forms of the place we now call Boston—from before the landscape carried that name all the way through the struggles, clashes, and dreams that continue to reshape the city today.



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 – Edinburgh
Treasures of the National Library of Scotland is a permanent exhibition of 13th- to 18th-century objects in the library's collection which can be seen in George IV Bridge building. Included are some of the first detailed maps of Scotland created by Timothy Pont more than 400 years ago. The maps chart the geography of 16th-Century Scotland including details of tower houses and castles, smaller buildings and settlements, mills and rivers and the extent of woodland and physical features such as rivers and valleys and mountain tops. They also mention landowners and other people.



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 - 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 - Kynceľová, Slovakia
The Slovak Map Museum, Kynceľová 77, presents you not only the rich past and exceptional present of cartography in Slovakia, but also the traditional and modern methods and technologies that create maps. Its uniqueness lies not only in the content of its exhibition, but also in its form. It was based on the principles of the global trend of enriching experiences for visitors through interactivity, advances in high technology and modern principles of education. What would a museum be like without the history of cartography and old maps? We will look at the development of maps in the world, but of course also in Slovakia. You will also find some truly unique maps here.



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



Indefinite - Mussoorie, India
The newly inaugurated George Everest Cartography Museum, located in the George Everest House which was owned by Everest from 1832 to 1843, is a one-of-a-kind institution dedicated to preserving the rich history of cartography, surveying, and mountaineering. The museum boasts an impressive collection of exhibits showcasing the Great Trigonometric Arc Survey initiated by Everest himself. Visitors can also explore the extensive survey records of various Himalayan peaks undertaken by Indian mountaineers. The museum is not only a treasure trove of historical documents but also an educational resource. Information about the diverse instruments used in these groundbreaking surveys is thoughtfully presented, allowing visitors to delve into the methods employed by these pioneers.



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 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Mercator Museum, Zamanstraat 49, has been closed since April 3, 2023 for renovation. The Museum plans to welcome you again in the summer of 2025 in a larger and up-to-date new Museum. The Museum will display a chronological story of cartography, from ancient times to today. In this story, the figure and work of Gerard De Cremer (Rupelmonde 1512 - 1594 Duisburg) - aka Gerard Mercator - is placed in the spotlight. His rare earth globe (1541) and celestial globe (1551), recently included in the Flemish masterpieces list, remain the highlights of the museum. The rich collection of atlases, including his first Ptolemy edition 1584, shines in the showcases. The story is complemented by a carefully chosen selection of maps and atlases from the 17th to the early 20th century.



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



Indefinite - Tampa, Florida
The Touchton Map Library and Florida Center for Cartographic Education, at The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, is home to more than 8,000 maps, charts and other documents dating back from the early European exploration of North America more than 500 years ago up through the early 21st century. A rotating exhibition of selected maps from the collection can be viewed in the Saunders Foundation 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
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 – Williamsburg
The first large-scale expansion and upgrade to the building that houses the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg since they were first joined under one roof in 2007 is complete. Guests at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are now able to enjoy an enhanced visitor experience through a new wing that adds 65,000 square feet to the building, numerous improved amenities as well as several new exhibitions. A new exhibition Promoting America: Maps of the Colonies and the New Republic, explores how America’s indigenous peoples, flora, fauna and landscapes influenced iconography on maps of the continent and how those symbols changed, evolved or stayed the same over the course of two centuries. Featured in the exhibition are maps that date from 1590, which depicts the “New World” as a literal Garden of Eden and will be on view for the first time, to an 1822 map celebrating the relatively newly established United States as well as recent acquisitions and other maps never before exhibited at the Art Museums.



September 4, 2021 – Indefinite - Eastsound, Washington
How do you get to Orcas Island? How did the early explorers find their way before they even knew what was there to be found? The Orcas Island Historical Society’s new exhibition Mapping Orcas: The Way Home features an extraordinary collection of maps, most of which were assembled, restored, and reproduced by photographer Peter C. Fisher of Orcas Island. Also featured in the museum are exquisite, hand-drawn, original maps by the late Jean Putnam. Maps include the township section map (1888-1895) by J.J.Gilbert, a variety of geological and navigational charts, and a number of maps specially created for the “edification” of tourists and amusement of locals. Also exhibited is a reproduction of a really old map, edited by three explorers in the 18th century, that certainly verifies Juan de Fuca’s 16th-century description of the islands he saw on his voyage to the Northwestern part of the largely unknown continent. Two mid-nineteenth-century maps by John Wilkes and his expedition show great leaps in the inaccuracy of surveying and navigational methods. The Museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. It’s that cluster of log cabins on North Beach Road, right beside the Village Green. Admission is by donation.



July 23, 2023 – February 28, 2024 and June 2024 – December 2024 – Udaipur, India
The City Palace Museum, Udaipur is holding an exhibition on rare painted and printed maps of Udaipur in association with The Getty Foundation of the USA. The exhibition Picturing Place: Painted and Printed Maps at the Udaipur Court brings together rare printed maps, painted maps and cartographic documents from the Mewar Royal collection in the Mardana Mahal. The exhibition gives visitors fascinating insights into how places, landscapes, and the topography of the State of Mewar were produced on maps, paintings, and other related documents.



July 27, 2023 – June 2024 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
As a member of the first expedition to Virginia in 1585, the artist and explorer John White created a detailed rendering of the east coast of North America from Virginia to Florida. White’s work is considered the first map of the region drawn from direct observation. But it is also noted for its dramatic pictorial record of the voyage, with depictions of ships, flying fish, and formidable sea monsters. This exhibition, Compasses, Cartouches, and Creatures: Exploring the Art of North Carolina Maps, explores a selection of historical North Carolina maps and the ways that mapmakers used artistic embellishments to educate, entertain, and entice. Exhibition is in Wilson Library, 208 Raleigh Street; open 9:00-5:00, Monday-Friday, except holidays.



September 18, 2023 – August 15, 2024 – Minneapolis
Curious Strangers: Views of the Other on Early Modern Maps explores the premodern concept of “the other” and how different societies viewed and treated strangers by looking at the ethnographic depictions of peoples around the world on early modern maps. It designed as a first step in understanding how these visual introductions to “strangers” affected subsequent interaction, oppression, privilege, and characterization. Exhibition is on view in Elmer L. Andersen Library, Bell Gallery (ground floor), 222 21st Ave S. Open during library hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday).



September 28, 2023 - June 7, 2024 - Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Lee Shau Kee Library, and Media Technology and Publishing Center present China in Maps: 500 Years of Evolving Images. Exhibition can be seen in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Lee Shau Kee Library.



November 30, 2023 - June 29, 2024 - Portland, Maine
Chromolithography was used in the nineteenth century to create full-color and realistic images of the world. A Pageant of Spectacles: Chromolithography in America can be seen at The Osher Map Library & Smith Center for Cartographic Education. This exhibition explains the printing process and explores some of its particular applications to maps and bird’s-eye views.



January 2024 - December 2024 – Albuquerque
What choices do mapmakers face when representing land and geographic space? What can maps reveal about the political, commercial or even personal dynamics at play during their creation? The exhibit, Borders: Created, Contested & Imagined, on display in Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico, through 2024, invites students, faculty, and the community to embark on a thought-provoking exploration of the dynamic interplay between maps and the societies they represent. Borders: Created, Contested & Imagined, focuses on the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico curating maps found in the University Libraries Federal Repository, the Center for Southwest Research Special Collections (CSWR) and the Map & Geographic Information Center (MAGIC).



March 9, 2024 - January 25, 2026 – Edinburgh
Between 1939 and 1945, more than 36 million photographs and 342 million maps were produced by the British Armed Forces. These precious tools were vital in directing and devising escape plans for troops during the Second World War, but over the years their purpose has changed, and now they are military mementos and memories. To treasure the personal stories behind these WW2 maps, the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle is putting a selection of them on display. Maps: Memories of the Second World War explores the purpose of a map as much more than just a physical or a functional object and reveals the stories of the people who kept these maps as a memory of a personal journey.



March 15, 2024 - July 14, 2024 - New York
The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, presents New York Before New York: The Castello Plan of New Amsterdam, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the Dutch founding of the colony that gave rise to New York City. The map is on loan from Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence. The Castello Plan, along with documents, coins, maps, and even a piece of the Dutch canal, will help visitors envision how New Amsterdam was a place of dynamism and opportunity as well as enslavement and hardship.



March 16, 2024 – Indefinite - Hagerstown, Maryland
For history buffs, this is an exciting time to pay a visit to the Washington County Free Public Library, 100 S Potomac St., and see a display of Revolutionary War era maps. The exhibit also includes maps donated by Ira Laurie, who started his own collection of historic maps at his Georgetown home in the 1970’s. There are a total of 190 maps and atlases that make up the collection which are on display at the library.



March 26, 2024 - August 31, 2024 - Arlington, Texas
UTA Libraries Special Collections is proud to present Theoria Eclipsium: Curiosity, Captivation, Connection, an exhibition featuring over 500 years of Eclipse History! Partnering with librarians, the students from a Medieval Science and Technology class produced an exhibit that will be available from Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the sixth floor of the University Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. The exhibition features maps, rare books, and photographs from Special Collections and shows that regardless of time period or scientific knowledge, eclipses bring us together! The exhibit features a star map created by Johann Doppelmayr in 1742, “Theoria Eclipsium,” illustrating solar and lunar eclipses that have garnered particular interest for its comprehensive depiction of the cosmos as understood in the 18th century; and “Cosmographia” by Petrus Apianus, a guide to the cosmos from 1534, which reveals arguments for a spherical Earth based on the round shadow the Earth casts on the Moon during a lunar eclipse.



April 2, 2024 - July 13, 2024 – Lyon
Representing the far away: an European view is an exhibition organized at the Municipal Library of Lyon, 30 boulevard Vivier-Merle, as part of the "International Conference on the History of Cartography" (ICHC) 2024. The exhibition will particularly highlight documents (cartographic and iconographic) and actors from Lyon in order to underline the place of the city in international information networks over the centuries.



April 4, 2024 - July 12, 2024 – Lyon
An exhibition The detail and the whole. Maps and images of the Rhône and Lyon area can be seen at Archives du département du Rhône et de la métropole de Lyon, 34 rue Général Mouton-Duvernet. The exhibition is organized at the Archives of the Rhône department and the metropolis of Lyon, as part of the "International Conference on the History of Cartography" (ICHC) 2024.



April 6, 2024 - September 29, 2024 – Venice
Venice is commemorating its most famous citizen Marco Polo with a major exhibition to mark the 700th anniversary of his death. The show features excavated finds, maps and books and can be seen in the Doge's Palace. It also includes loans, including maps, from many countries that the merchant from the Italian lagoon city traveled to, from Armenia to Mongolia and China. The exhibition I Mondi di Marco Polo [The Worlds of Marco Polo] is one of the highlights of a year of Marco Polo events in Venice.



May 3, 2024 - September 28, 2024 – Lyon
Vulnerability ... what do maps say? is an exhibition organized at the Municipal Archives of Lyon, 1 place des archives, as part of the "International Conference on the History of Cartography" (ICHC) 2024. The city of Lyon is vulnerable to a variety of events, whether sudden or long and undetectable, until they take hold and threaten. This history is sometimes represented on maps or by images that allow us to grasp its scale and particularities.



May 10, 2024 - August 31, 2024 – Boston
In the early decades of nineteenth-century China, two series of large-format maps, one terrestrial and one celestial, were printed in the city of Suzhou. They were printed as eight loose sheets using Prussian blue, the first large scale use of this pigment in East Asia, in the unusual manner of a rubbing from a stone-stele, resulting in most of the paper appearing in bright blue. The terrestrial maps present the realm of the Qing Empire (1644–1911) and selected surrounding regions. The four extant editions of the celestial maps, dated to 1822 and 1826, present a planisphere of all the known stars and extensive descriptions of known celestial bodies and their related celestial mechanics. The exhibition Mapping Heaven and Earth: The Blue Maps of China considers these two maps in the contexts of their production, consumption, and functions revealing them as unique in the global history of mapmaking. Guest curated by Dr. Richard Pegg, Director and Curator of the MacLean Collection. Exhibition can be seen in Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street.



May 15, 2024 - September 29, 2024 – Lyon
Paper paths - Maps and images of travel in France and elsewhere, 19th-21st century is an exhibition organized at the Bibliothèque Diderot de Lyon, 5 parvis René Descartes, as part of the "International Conference on the History of Cartography" (ICHC) 2024. The exhibition combines objects, archival documents, travel reports and commercial publications in a chronological and thematic approach that illustrates the evolution of practices and representations associated with mobility. Guidebooks from major publishers (Hachette, Michelin, Baedeker) are presented alongside lesser-known works that illustrate a local conception of the areas to be visited.



June 1-30, 2024 – Stanford
Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collection, 397 Panama Mall, presents an exhibit: Pride Month, honoring the LGBTQIA+ voices in our community in a celebration of Pride Month! Books and a selection of maps are displayed on the library's main floor. Additional maps are displayed on the library mezzanine exhibit wall (access from within the library).



June 14, 2024 - December 2025 – Washington
T
he new Library of Congress exhibition Collecting Memories: Treasures from the Library of Congress, which is part of the David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery on the on the second-floor mezzanine of the Thomas Jefferson Building, is open to the public. Over 100 objects in many formats from divisions all over the Library of Congress are integrated and featured in this exhibition. Some fine cartographic treasures are displayed as mementos of how different cultures saw the world at different points in time.



June 17, 2024 - September 22, 2024 – Lyon
The exhibition Teaching maps: in the footsteps of cartography at the Bibliothèque de la Manufacture de l'Université Jean Moulin, 6 Rue Professeur Rollet, is organized as part of as part of the "International Conference on the History of Cartography" (ICHC) 2024. The cartographic approach has accompanied changes in the teaching of geography since the 19th century. Always present, its place has gradually been affirmed within the University of Lyon.



September 13, 2024 – March 2025 – Boston
In the long history of mapmaking, computers are a relatively new development. In some ways, computers have fundamentally changed how cartographers create, interpret, and share spatial data; in others, they simply mark a new chapter in how people have always processed the world. Processing Place: How Computers and Cartographers Redrew our World features objects from the Leventhal Map Center’s unique collections in the history of digital mapping to explore how computers and cartographers changed one another, particularly since the 1960s. Exhibition can be seen in Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street.



March 2025 – January 2026 – Boston
In 1775, a collision of word-historical forces, driven by ocean-spanning empires, conflicts over trade and settlement, and new ideas about society and government, came together in the spark of the American Revolution. In the Leventhal Map & Education Center, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, the exhibition Terrains of Independence will offer the entrypoint to a reconsideration of the Revolutionary War through the lens of locality and place as shown in maps.




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