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Indefinite – Amsterdam
The National Maritime Museum, Kattenburgerplein 1, exhibition Maps and Marvels brings together maps, globes and atlases by Dutch cartographers from the National Maritime Museum's world-leading collection. This exhibition shows how the ships found their way at sea in the Dutch Golden Age, and how these voyages defined the way we see the world. Using rare and early maps and globes, visitors travel to the locations that played an important role in the Dutch history: South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. The spectacular wall map of Amsterdam by Pieter Bast, dating from 1597, forms the starting point of the exhibition.
Indefinite – Bucharest
The Muzeul Național al Hărților și Cărții Vechi [National Museum of Old Maps and Books], str.Londra nr.39 sector 1, opened to the public in 2003 and is hosted in a beautiful villa built in the 1920's. The main collection of over 1000 items belonged to Professor Adrian Năstase’s family and was donated to the Romanian state. Numerous maps are displayed on the walls of this three story villa.
Indefinite - Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. Founded in 1983 by California residents David and Marsha Karpeles, the focus was to stimulate an appetite for learning. Currently, there are 12 museums and one map museum nationwide, with each one occupying a preserved building. The Karpeles Map Museum, Pinqua, occupies the former Church of Christ at 3039 Piqua Avenue. The map-only museum will display maps on a three- to six-month rotation schedule. Admission is always free. For information <KMuseumFtW(at)aol.com> call 260-456-6929.
Indefinite - Hershey,
In today’s digital world, we’ve become accustomed to getting where we’re headed by pulling up MapQuest or Google Maps on our phone or by using a GPS system to guides us to our destination; however, that hasn’t always been the case. Since the advent of automobiles, motorists have needed to know how to get to their destination, and for many decades they relied on paper maps. Maps were given away by local gas stations, convenience stores, tire companies, banks, tourist bureaus, chambers of commerce, rental car companies, and many other businesses. Many of these businesses provided these maps as a form of advertising to get customers to visit their attraction or gas station brand. Learn more about this interesting collecting topic and see Remembering Road Maps; a display with early maps right here at the AACA Museum, Inc., 161 Museum Drive.
Indefinite - Jacksonville, Florida
The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection contains some 244 antiquarian maps of Florida and Florida cities, North and South America, and the world. It includes historical views and plates focusing on northern Florida. Most of these maps are on permanent display in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room on the fourth floor of the Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street. Additional information 813-228-0097.
Indefinite - Lake Geneva,
What is believed to be an original map of Lake Geneva — found recently inside a historic lakefront mansion — now offers the public a rare glimpse of the city in its earliest origins. The map from the early 1840s is part of Geneva Lake Museum’s new exhibit Mapping the Past. The exhibit features about 30 maps of Lake Geneva and the surrounding area, including the original map showing Lake Geneva’s layout just after pioneers incorporated the new municipality in 1836. The majority of the maps in the exhibit have been donated by Edward Weed of the town of Linn.
Indefinite - Kozani, Greece
Kozani in the World of Maps is on display at the Municipal Map Library housed in the recently restored Georgios Lassanis Mansion at the center of the city. The historic Map Library, with its roots in 17th century, keeps a small but important collection of maps, atlases and geography books, mainly from 18th century, referred to the period of Greek Enlightenment. For example, a copy of the 1797 Rigas Velestinlis "Charta" as well as the extremely rare 1800 Anthimos Gazis world map are kept there among other maps and atlases which were never before put on public display. Contact info(at)kozlib.gr or 2461 50635 / 2461 50632 for additional information.
Indefinite – La Jolla, California
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla is tucked into an office building at 7825 Fay Ave, Suite LL-A. The maps are displayed on walls and in cases, arranged somewhat chronologically and by themes. There’s a crude black and white drawing of the world from 1472, a vibrant “Roads to Romance” representation of Southern California circa 1958 and hundreds of other maps from all over the world. Some were used in their day for navigation, some for display, some for dreaming. There are maps that show California as an island - a depiction of an almost mythological paradise that persists, in the public consciousness, centuries later. There is a map from 1617 that shows what is now Belgium and Holland shaped like a lion - a projection of power and national pride. The maps are a part of the Stone Map and Atlas Foundation, headed by local businessman and philanthropist Michael Stone, who has been collecting maps for 20 years. The Museum is open Wednesday and Thursday 11-4 and the 1st and 3rd Saturday also 11-4 or by appointment for groups of four or more. For additional information contact Richard Cloward (richard(at)lajollamapmuseum.org) or Roz Gibson (roz(at)lajollamapmuseum.org) at 855-653-6277.
Indefinite – La Rochelle, France
The Musée du Nouveau Monde [Museum of the New World], 10 Rue Fleuriau, is housed in an eighteenth century mansion, the hotel Fleuriau, named after the family who lived there from 1772 to 1974. The Museum features numerous old maps of the Americas as well as sculptures, paintings, drawings, furniture and decorative objects. These objects are evidence of the triangular trade and slavery with the Americas, through which the city of La Rochelle, like others, amassed considerable wealth. Part of the museum is devoted to the French conquest of the New World, especially in Canada, while evoking the Old West and Native Americans.
Indefinite - Palma, Majorca
Bartolomé March Servera (1917-1998) became an important art collector and bibliophile. The Fundación Bartolomé March established a museum, where the family residence in Palma was located for decades, to display his collection. The Palau March, located at Carrer del Palau Reial, 18, displays an outstanding collection of art and sculpture. Another of the numerous collections that Bartolomé March brought together was that of Majorcan Cartography. In Majorca, between the 14th and 15th Century, an important set of navigation charts signed by local artists was drawn up. The great majority of these charts left the island and the most famous of them ended up in public libraries or in private hands. Bringing together this collection, considered to be one of the best in the world, was an arduous task. The exhibit displayed here, with excellent documentation, brings together a very interesting collection both for its technical perfection and its exquisite ornamental effect. Included are Portolan charts by Jacobus Russus (1535), Mateo Prunés (1561), Jaume Olives (1564 and 1571), Joan Oliva (1620), and Miquel Prunés (1640).
Indefinite – Mexico City
Museo Nacional de la 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 - 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 – 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 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.
September 28, 2019 - Indefinite -
The Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Drive West, has over 600 historic maps in its archival collection. These maps include original, hand-copied and mechanically-reproduced publications dating from the early 17th century to the early 21st century. Navigating Our Way – Maps of Windsor and Essex County will highlight an extensive selection of maps, many of which will be on display for the first time.
February 14, 2020 - February 28,
2022 – Oakland
We all use maps in our everyday lives—to navigate public transportation, find places to eat, and visualize big data like weather patterns or political opinions. But have you ever considered the deeper stories maps tell us? In You Are Here: California Stories on the Map, you’ll discover there’s more to maps than meets the eye. Showcasing a diverse range of maps from Oakland, the Bay Area, and California—from environmental surroundings and health conditions to community perspectives and creative artworks—experience how maps can be a powerful tool to share unique points of view and imagine a better future. Explore new perspectives of familiar places through maps made by the community, and mark your own stories on the community map inside the exhibition. The exhibit encompasses more than 50 maps divided with segmented focus on climate change, nature, public health, community projects, and maps from a personal perspective. It can be viewed in Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
February 21, 2020 - Indefinite -
The Jefferson County History Center, 172-176 Main Street, has a map exhibit You Are Here. The Grand Hall and Skylight Gallery will showcase maps of western Pennsylvania and Jefferson County from pre-settlement times to present day. The exhibit also shows the development of Pennsylvania counties and Jefferson county townships and a number of early historic maps of Brookville. Of special note is a series of original 17th and 18th century New World maps on temporary loan from the Arader Gallery, NY City. Open Wed - Sat: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
October 17. 2020 – March
27, 2022 – 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. The Art Museums’ new era will continue throughout 2020 with more fascinating exhibitions. Among them is Promoting America: Maps of the Colonies and the New Republic, which 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.
May 13, 2021 – December 18,
2021 - Portland, Maine
We are pleased to announce the opening of Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education's new gallery exhibition: Where Will We Go From Here? Travel in the Age of COVID-19. The exhibition pairs historical maps, travel guides, and travel ephemera from our collections with contemporary reflections (crowd-sourced) on where we didn’t go in 2020-2021. This moving and reflective show asks us to consider all that we have collectively lost during the pandemic, and to think about where, as individuals and as a community, we will go from here. The OML gallery is free and open to the public (by appointment only) Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, 10am-3pm. Gallery visits are timed tickets. To book your timed ticket, please click here. Please enter the Glickman Family Library and proceed through the arcade to the Osher Map Library reference room and gallery entrance at 314 Forest Ave.
May 25, 2021 - December 12, 2021
The American School of Classical Studies and the Gennadius Library, Souidias 61, presents The Free and the Brave: American Philhellenes and the Glorious Struggle of the Greeks (1776-1866), an exhibition of rare publications, pamphlets, memoirs, newspapers, engravings, travelogues, maps and poems that testify to the breadth and depth of American support for the 1821 Greek uprising against Ottoman rule. For the purposes of the exhibition, the Gennadius Library has combined its own archives with loaned items from the Collection of Michael and Dimitra Varkarakis, the Archives of the British School of Athens, the National Historical Museum, the Diplomatic and Historical Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Konstantinos Arniakos. The exhibition is sponsored by the US Embassy in Greece as part of its programs to celebrate the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, titled USA & Greece: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship. The exhibition is open Thursday-Sunday from 12.00 to 18.00 free of charge.
June 11, 2021 - November 5, 2021
- Lake Forest, Illinois
The History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, 509 E Deerpath Rd, is delighted to unveil our new exhibit Map Stories: The Hidden History in the Maps of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff in the Katherine Bell Hale Gallery. This exhibition provides an exciting and rare opportunity to see 19th and 20th century maps from our extensive collection--from hand-drawn maps of the early village to road maps for that new fangled automobile. Stop by for a chance to see the history of our community through a different vantage point. Exhibit is open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 1-4 pm.
August 27, 2021 - January 30,
2022 – Hamburg
I am pleased to announce the exhibition Farbe Trifft Land Farte [Colour meets map] can be seen in Museum am Rothenbaum, Rothenbaumchaussee 64. A selection of wonderful maps will be on display and a (printed and online) exhibition catalogue is on the way. How and why have maps in Europe and East Asia been coloured from the 15th to the 20th century? – a question that has never been systematically researched before. New findings on the use, production and symbolism of individual colours, the transfer of knowledge between Europe and East Asia as well as the similarities and differences in the respective colouring practices will be presented. An online exhibition catalog is available.
September 2021 - February 6, 2022
- Los Angeles
Jo Mora: Mapmaker of the American West, a new exhibition at Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street, featuring rare beautifully illustrated maps and ephemera from the golden age of mapping. The golden age of pictorial mapping covers the late 1920s into the 1950s, a time when few artists were as prolific and talented as Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora, who left a rare and important cartographic legacy. The materials on display were selected from the Jo Mora Trust, the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, and the Los Angeles Public Library’s Mora Collection.
September 4, 2021 - May 2022 -
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.
September 10, 2021 – Winter
2021 - Boston
This exhibition originally opened May 2020, but was forced to close by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now it can be seen again. From 17th century attempts to woo European settlers to the “New World” with maps that exaggerated natural resources, to a recent “Sharpie-enhanced” weather map designed to shape the politics of disaster planning, maps and visual data have always been used as tools for manipulating reality. In the wide-ranging free exhibition, Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception, the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., takes a critical look at how to understand the world as it appears in geographic representations. The show features both historical and contemporary documents, as well as interactives designed to engage visitors with the power of persuasive mapmaking.
September 17, 2021 - January 23,
2022 - Tacoma, Washington
A View from Above: Bird’s-Eye Maps from the Washington State Historical Society Collection features bird’s-eye view maps that were drawn to give the viewer a sense of looking down at a city and its major features as if they were flying above it. Popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, these maps were mass-produced and represented American cities and villages of all sizes and from all parts of the country. A View from Above showcases some of the many panoramic maps in the Historical Society’s collections, including those printed during the heyday of the art as well as more modern images influenced by this technique.
October 1, 2021 - December 30,
Kunyu wanguo quantu 坤輿萬國全圖 [Complete Geographical Map of Ten Thousand Countries] is the oldest surviving map in Chinese to show the Americas. It is a xylograph (wood block print) on six panels of fine native paper (made with bamboo fiber), each panel measuring approximately 608.33 mm x 1820 mm (2 feet by 5.75 feet). Li Zhizao (1565-1630), a Chinese mathematician, astronomer and geographer, who worked on the project with Matteo Ricci (1553-1610), may have engraved the map. It was printed by Zhang Wentao of Hangzhou, possibly an official printer of the Ming court. The Bell Library's “1602 World Map of Matteo Ricci” will be on exhibit in the Bell Gallery in the Elmer L. Andersen Library, suite 15, 222 21st Ave S.
October 8, 2021 – February
20, 2022 – London
The British Library will open Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens, the first major exhibition to consider Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England together, putting them both centre stage and giving them equal billing. The exhibition takes a fresh and revealing look at the infamous story of two powerful queens bound together by their shared Tudor inheritance, whose turbulent relationship dominated English and Scottish politics for thirty years. Drawing on the British Library’s collection of early modern manuscripts and printed books, Elizabeth and Mary’s autograph letters will be displayed alongside 16th-century state papers, speeches and cipher documents, as well as maps, drawings and woodcut engravings to illustrate key moments and events. There will also be paintings, jewels, textiles, maps, drawings and objects borrowed from private and public collections in the UK and Spain. Timed entry tickets can be booked.
October 11, 2021 – December
20, 2021 - Milan
The Associazione Roberto Almagia, Comune di Baschi, and Associazione Culturale Civitellarte sponsor a cartographic exhibition Italian cartography in the Napoleonic era (1796-1815). Exhibition can be seen in Casa Manzoni, Via Gerolamo Morone, 1. A 265 page catalog describing 108 items is available. Additional information from <info(at)civitellarte.it> or <info(at)associazionealmagia.it>.
November 5, 2021 - February 25,
2022 – Vatican City
The Vatican Apostolic Library is happy to welcome visitors to its exhibit Tutti. Umanità in cammino. From Travel Cartography to Utopian and Allegorical Maps: the Vatican Apostolic Library Meets Pietro Ruffo. Among the various works on display is Evliya Celebi’s Seventeenth-Century Map of the Nile, a unique travel mapping work of about six meters in length, accompanied by Ruffo’s reinterpretation of it. Also included are four examples of celestial and terrestrial cartography according to Pietro Ruffo, three rare examples of cartography from among the treasures of the papal collection: a Chinese world map, an astronomical scroll from India, and five paper astrolabes from the sixteenth century.
November 13, 2021 - April 24,
2022 – Sydney
Explore the beauty, art and science of mapping across three centuries through a Maps of the Pacific exhibition of maps, charts, atlases and globes held in the State Library of New South Wales' magnificent collection.
November 30, 2021 - March 19,
2022 - San Angelo, Texas
Angelo State University is presenting a prominent traveling exhibit of historical Texas maps, Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Maps, in the ASU Mayer Museum, 2501 W. Avenue N. The exhibit features a selection of historical maps from the Yana and Marty Davis Map Collection at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine. All of the maps are original, and they range from 16th-century maps of New Spain to the early settlement of Texas, the republic and statehood, and into the 21st century. As such, the exhibit includes some of the most significant maps in the history of Texas and North America.
December 2, 2021 – March 1,
2022 - Union City, Tennessee
Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd., has on exhibit The Fascinating World of Murray Hudson’s Globes and Maps. It features globes and maps on loan from Murray Hudson’s collection of more than 40,000 objects. He has collected for many years and currently owns and operates Murray Hudson Antique Maps, Globes, Books, & Prints in Halls. The exhibit will include examples of vintage globes and maps from different eras that reflect what the world was like at the point in time in history when they were produced.
December 3, 2021 – April
18, 2022 – Oxford
North Sea Crossings: Anglo-Dutch Books and the Adventures of Reynard the Fox, a new exhibition at The Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, will trace the long history of Anglo Dutch relations. North Sea Crossings is a pioneering collaborative project with the University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Focusing on the period from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688, items from the Bodleian Libraries’ collections will illustrate the ways in which these exchanges have shaped literature, book production and institutions such as the Bodleian itself, on either side of the North Sea, inviting visitors to reflect on the way this cultural exchange still impacts British and Dutch societies today. From manuscript books from the medieval period to the birth of the printing press and the introduction of movable type in Europe, to maps that shows the proximity of England and the Netherlands and the rapid spread of news between the two countries, North Sea Crossings demonstrates the crucial role of collaboration and communication between these two nations.
December 16, 2021 - March 19,
2022 – Athens
The National Bank Educational Foundation organizes and presents the exhibition The Genesis of The Greek State, Cartography and History, 1770-1838 at the Eynardos Palace, 20 Agios Konstantinos and Menandros, as part of the celebrations for 200 years since the Revolution of 1821. In the exhibition about 170 works are presented, cartographic and geographical publications, many maps and rare atlases, as well as scientific instruments related to cartographic work.
January 20, 2022 - May 2022 –
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is excited to announce our exhibit North of Nowhere, West of the Moon: Myth, Fiction, and Fantasy in Maps. Inspired by our recent acquisition of Bernard Sleigh's six-foot long “An Ancient Mappe of Fairyland, Newly Discovered and Set Forth,” (1918) we have selected thematic maps, books, and ephemera from our collections that reflect whimsy and visionary thinking. This exhibit invites visitors to ponder the ways in which myth, fantasy, and fiction have, for centuries, provided both an escape into alternate worlds in times of great strife, as well as an opportunity to create alternate worlds and imagine new realities. The OML gallery is free and open to the public (by appointment only) Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, 10am-3pm. Gallery visits are timed tickets. To book your timed ticket, please click here. Please enter the Glickman Family Library and proceed through the arcade to the Osher Map Library reference room and gallery entrance at 314 Forest Ave.
January 15, 2022 - May 2, 2022 -
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, will present Mapping Fiction, an exhibition focused on the ways authors and mapmakers have built compelling fictional worlds. On view in the Library’s West Hall from Jan. 15 through May 2, 2022, the exhibition is timed to coincide with the centennial of the publication of James Joyce’s groundbreaking 1922 modernist novel, Ulysses. About 70 items will be on view, focused on novels and maps from the 16th through the 20th century—largely early editions of books that include elaborate maps of imaginary worlds.
February 2022 – June 2022 – Chicago The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, will display 19th and 20th century travel maps and guides in the exhibition Crossings / Mapping American Journeys. Whether on foot or horseback, by canal or steamboat, by train, plane, or automobile, these journeys followed common pathways. Visitors to Crossings will revisit these journeys in all their diversity, ranging from the secretive paths of those determined to escape enslavement to the pleasure cruises on the Great Lakes taken by tourists on early twentieth century coal powered boats, guided by the maps and guidebooks that enabled these journeys or bore witness to them.
April 2022 – Indefinite – Boston The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.,will have a major new exhibition More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape. In this exhibition, we’ll be exploring how maps and geography provide a way of understanding how the control of nature has intertwined with struggles for justice. Some of these stories date from a period far earlier than modern environmentalism, like the 1684 deed in which white settlers officialized their taking of what is now East Boston as private property, or the 1878 map of “offensive odors” which shows how Boston began filling in estuaries in order to please the senses of elite neighborhoods like the Back Bay.
Spring 2022 - Newark,
How do you look at a map? Do you start in the middle and work your way out, or do you begin by locating a familiar place? Each viewer approaches maps uniquely, informed by their existing beliefs and experiences. Multiple Middles: Maps from Early Modern Times features a selection of maps, atlases, and travel accounts from the Early Modern Period (between the 1500s and early 1800s). The exhibition takes narratives from the maps’ edges and repositions them as possible middles. As a result, previously unfamiliar histories and visual elements come to the fore. These objects highlight specific innovations, scientific theories, and geographical middles that their makers intentionally framed. The exhibition provides an alternate view of maps and early modern cartography. As you explore, we hope you draw parallels from the maps to today and leave wanting to explore more of the world around you. This exhibition, a collaboration between the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press and the University of Delaware’s Department of Art History, will be on view in the Special Collections Gallery, 181 S. College Avenue. Contact Special Collections <speccoll(at)udel.edu> for the specific dates as the university’s planning is uncertain for the spring.