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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
Five Hundred Years of Florida Maps features items selected from the J. Thomas and Lavinia W. Touchton Collection of Florida Cartography at The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street. These maps and charts represent some of the "Florida" map-makers visions that have been created over the past 500 years.
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 New 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 - April 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.
October 16, 2015 - March 2017 – Wellington
A new exhibition showcasing the history of maps in New Zealand can be seen at the National Library. It tells the story of this country’s maps – from the surprisingly accurate charts of Captain Cook’s 18th Century voyages to the GPS technology used today. The exhibition, Unfolding the Map is a collaboration between the National Library, Land Information New Zealand, Eagle Technology and Archives New Zealand. The maps and charts on display highlight the variety and richness of resources held by New Zealand libraries and explain the concepts of cartography. They are supplemented by a selection of tools used by map-makers. A hand-coloured, annotated map of Gallipoli is featured in the exhibition. The map was issued to the commanding officer of the New Zealand and Australian Division and taken ashore by Major General Alexander Godley on 25 April 1915. Its lack of detail, however, made it little use in the campaign. Other treasures include the first map of New Zealand drawn by Māori, whimsical tourism maps from the 1920s and a 1938 trampers’ map of the Tararua ranges.
February 2016 - through 2017 - 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.
March 5, 2016 – January 29, 2017 - Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg will display the exhibition We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence in the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation Gallery and the Jan Curtis and Frank J. Spayth Gallery, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. This pivotal moment sparked American opposition to Britain’s restrictive colonial policies, particularly taxation without representation, which was established to help pay for troops stationed in the colonies during the French and Indian War (1756-1763). Protesters in Boston hung one of the tax collectors in effigy on an elm tree near the Boston Common. The tree became known as the Liberty Tree, and the loose organization of protesters were known as the Sons of Liberty. This early opposition throughout the colonies to British imperial control set the stage for growing opposition to British rule during the next ten years, resulting in the American Revolutionary War. Employing geographic and cartographic perspectives, the exhibition will tell the story of how thirteen separate colonies found a common cause, fought a bloody war for independence, and finally came together as a new, united nation. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 60 maps supplemented by 40 related graphic documents, paintings, and three dimensional objects documenting British North America’s volatile and rapidly changing political and economic landscape during the last half of the 18th century. The exhibit moves to the New York Historical Society in 2017.
May 20, 2016 – June 4, 2017 - Franeker, The
The Planetarium Eise Eisinga, Eise Eisingastraat 3, presents Varen op de sterren [Boating on the stars]. The exhibition include charts, sextants, globes and gyroscopes from the collection of Museum Boerhaave. The exhibition provides insight into the navigation capabilities of then and now. Dutch dominated in the seventeenth century to trade with large parts of Asia. How could they sail there? And how they were able to determine their position? How is it today? With a smartphone? Visions of navigation provide insight into the ways in which science determines the course.
June 2, 2016 – March 2017 - Telluride, Colorado
Treasure Maps: Cartography of the American Southwest can be seen in Weatherford Gallery, Telluride Historical Museum, 201 W. Gregory Ave. For centuries, nations from around the world coveted the treasures of the American Southwest. Expeditions and cartographers were sent to find and map legendary lakes of gold, trade routes, settlements, and eventually mining claims. Through a series of rare historic maps dating from as far back as the 16th century, the Telluride Historical Museum’s new exhibit highlights the mapmakers who charted this region and the riches, real and imagined, that it contained.
June 17, 2016 - January 22, 2017 – Ghent
The Province of East Flanders stages an exhibition called The Birth of Capitalism, The Golden Age of the Southern Netherlands at the Caermersklooster, Vrouwebroersstraat 6. Masterpieces and unknown gems will accompany the visitor on a journey through the fascinating Middle Ages and bring the past back to life in a stunning setting. Together, they tell a story about our cultural history. A story which sheds light on the rich past of what is now called Flanders. Included in the exhibition are Ptolemy's 1486 atlas, world map from La Mer des Histoires, Visscher's Leo Belgicus and Leo Hollandicus, Plancius' 1590 globe, and Vrients' 1610 panorama of Antwerp.
July 6, 2016 - May 20, 2017 - La Jolla, California
The pictures that compose the current exhibition at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla, 7825 Fay Ave., Suite LL-A, could be found in the London Underground of the early 20th century, the pocket of a tourist in the Coachella Valley in the 1950s, or the walls of a French airport 50 years ago. The Art Meets Maps exhibit features pictographic maps — pieces that mix cartography, art and illustration. “As opposed to a regular map or a chart, which is meant to be a working document, a pictorial map, for example, shows London in a graphic sort of way, providing information to the person about the underground, but the great difference is the illustration added to the cartography,” said Richard Cloward, the map museum’s director.
July 22, 2016 - April 2, 2017 – Edinburgh
How much do we really know about maps? You are here! is a National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, exhibition that challenges our acceptance of maps. It poses questions about how they are made and how we understand them. Drawn from our collection of more than two million maps and atlases, each map in the exhibition shows the answer to some or all of those questions. The maps on display zoom out from the Library itself to the whole world in the shape of the Blaeu Atlas — 'the most beautiful atlas ever made'. They also include one of the finest plans of Edinburgh and the first map of Scotland, as well as more utilitarian railway, fishing and schoolroom maps. Together they demonstrate the versatility and beauty of maps and the skill of the cartographers who created them.
September 3, 2016 – February 26, 2017 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere. William Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and histories were situated in a number of locations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. These plays spanned the centuries, from classical times to the Renaissance. In this exhibition of forty maps, images and three-dimensional objects, visitors will learn about Britain in the time of Shakespeare, discover centuries-old maps illustrating where the plays were set, and understand the symbolic role that geography held to the dramas. Kronborg Castle in Denmark, known as Elsinore in Hamlet, will be highlighted in the exhibition. A 1629 Dutch map depicting the Danish Kingdom, along with a vignette illustrating “Elsenor,” will be on display. Complementing this map will be an original print of “Cronenburg” from Samuel von Pufendorf’s 1696 historical atlas.
September 15, 2016 - January 15, 2017 - Arlington, Texas
An exhibit of more than eighty original eighteenth-century maps, Enlightenment Cartographers and the Southwestern Borderlands, will be on display in Special Collections, University of Texas Arlington, 702 Planetarium Place. Highlights include maps by the Delisle family, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville, Robert de Vaugondy, Thomas López y Vargas Machuca, Herman Moll, Emanuel Bowen, Thomas Jefferys, and Aaron Arrowsmith, as well as a rare 1756 French copy of John Mitchell’s 1755 map of North America. Maps depicting the Southwest by lesser-known Dutch, German, Austrian, and Italian mapmakers round out the selection.
September 24, 2016 – March 11, 2017 - Abilene,
Explore the history of Texas as a unique blend of Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American traditions through Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy exhibitions at The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. Trace Spanish exploration and colonization (1527-1690) of Texas through early maps, art and artifacts on loan from prestigious museums and collections from across the state. The Bryan Museum in Galveston loaned a number of pieces to the Spanish Texas exhibit, including maps of the area, some by the Spanish, others by the French.
September 29, 2016 – March 11, 2017 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will have an exhibition The Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities.
October 2016 - January 2017 - Fort Kent, Maine
Ever since the first humans ventured out, they needed a way to record the route from point A to point B. Over the millennia, the evolution of mapping has taken us from stone carvings to detailed pen-and-ink drawings to those impossible-to-fold service station road maps to the current satellite imagery available on any smartphone. Now a display at the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent takes a detailed look at three centuries of map making depicting North America. Ancient Maps of the New World is part of the private collection of Franciscan priest Jacques LaPointe, originally from Van Buren, according to Lise Pelletier, director of the archives. The 39 maps on display at the Acadian Archives represent decades of LaPointe’s research and collecting.
October 4, 2016 - January 15, 2017 – Utrecht
Exactly 400 years ago, Dutchman Dirk Hartog landed his ship De Eendracht on the West coast of Australia and became the first European known to set foot on Western Australian soil. To commemorate this historic event, the AAMU Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art, Oudegracht 176, in collaboration with the Australian Embassy in the Netherlands, will present a unique exhibition entitled Mapping Australia: Country to Cartography. This exhibition will bring together different worlds, eras and viewpoints – the way European explorers mapped Australia, and the paintings of Australian Indigenous artists of this continent, which map the land and depict the deep connection of the Aboriginal population with it.
October 7, 2016 - January 7, 2017 - Tervuren, Belgium
Stanislas De Peuter curated an exhibition in De Warandepoort, Vlonderse Hoek 6A. The exhibition features 60 maps by Flemish-Dutch cartographers in the period 1500-1700. Maps include: portraits, frontispieces, 17 provinces, two Leo Belgicus, coats of arms, cities, regions (duchies and counties), earliest local maritime maps, many views of revolt and 80-year war (1568-1648) and Flemish 17th century abbeys. A 68 page catalog, in Dutch, will be available. Additional information from Stanislas De Peuter (stanislas.depeuter(at)gmail.com).
November 4, 2016 - March 1, 2017 – London
Have you ever tried disappearing off the map? It’s harder than you think to be invisible nowadays. That’s because 100 years of mapping technology – from the original sketch of today’s London Underground to the satellite imagery of the 1990s – has monitored and shaped the society we live in. Two World Wars. The moon landings. The digital revolution. The exhibition Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line looks at the important role maps played during the 20th century. It sheds new light on familiar events and spans conflicts, creativity, the ocean floor and even outer space. It includes exhibits ranging from the first map of the Hundred Acre Wood to secret spy maps, via the New York Subway. And, as technology advances further than we ever imagined possible, it questions what it really means to have your every move mapped. Exhibition can be seen at the PACCAR Gallery, British Library, 96 Euston Road.
November 5, 2016 - January 14, 2017 - Carrickfergus, Ulster
The story of a County Antrim-born soldier who ended his days serving as the 18th Century governor of the Spanish island of Minorca is to be outlined – in ‘graphic detail’ – thanks to a unique atlas. Richard Kane, who was born in Dunane (now Rathcoole) in December 1662, grew up in Carrickfergus, where his father and uncle were joint sheriffs of the town. Richard enlisted in the army of William of Orange, playing an important role in the Williamite Wars, including the Siege of Londonderry in 1688. Service around the globe followed and while on route to Minorca in 1712 to become Lieutenant-Governor of the then British-ruled island of Minorca he was received at the Palace of Versailles, by Louis XIV. He gave Kane a beautifully detailed atlas ‘of the Terrestrial and Aquatic Globe’ as a gift. The exhibition, Mapping The World: Exploring the importance of Richard Kane and his Atlas, can be seen at Carrickfergus Museum, 11 Antrim Street. As Kane’s atlas was created by famous cartographer Nicolas Sanson for the French monarch, the exhibition allows the opportunity to explore cartography by making extensive use of antique maps of Carrickfergus, starting with the oldest map of anywhere in Ulster, Kragfargvs Towne, 1560, right through to the first ordnance survey map of 1832.
November 9, 2016 - April 23, 2017 -New York
If you love maps and urban development, the exhibit Mastering the Metropolis New York and Zoning, 1916-2016 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., is the place for you. Zoning is the primary tool of development for New York City and much of the built environment – the nature of neighborhoods and the shape of buildings are often dictated by the demands of the zoning code. As we previously detailed, the history of zoning is clearly visible in how the New York City skyline evolved. Timed with the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Zoning Resolution, the country’s first comprehensive zoning ordinance, the exhibit shows how the zoning code is structured, how it impacts a building’s height, width, even shape. It shows how zoning organizes the different usage of land, and how that has changed over time. One of the many maps in the exhibit, created by the Merchants’ Association of New York in 1922 utilizing 1919 Census data shows the diversity of manufacturing industries in New York City at turn of the Roaring ’20s.
November 15, 2016 and February 26, 2017 – Paris
Ocean Explorers From Sindbad to Marco Polo is an exhibition at Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the MuCEM, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseilles. Guided by the legendary Sindbad the Sailor, the geographer al-Idrīsī, the explorer Ibn Baṭṭūṭah, and many others, set sail—with the Arabs, the masters of the seas, and the great European sailors who sailed on their maritime routes—on a wonderful voyage of discovery extending from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. From the beginning of Islam to the dawn of the seventeenth century, it is a maritime adventure that visitors can see and experience in an exceptional immersive itinerary that combines sound effects, images, and optical devices. Sailors had to learn to master the sea before setting sail. In a relaxed atmosphere, under the guidance of the sailor and cartographer Ibn Majid (1432–1500), visitors will learn about the art of sailing, see wonderful navigation instruments, and discover the development of vessels, in a journey of discovery complemented by many models. Thanks to the development of cartography, sailors were able to better master the seas, as attested by the author of a famous map of the world: the geographer al-Idrīsī (circa 1100–1165), against a backdrop of medieval Latin and Arab cosmographies, maps and portolanos, world maps, and other astronomical treatises, and beneath a didactic and interactive sky. The exhibition moves to the MuCEM, in Marseille, between 7 June and 9 October 2017.
December 14, 2016 – April 19, 2017 – Cambridge,
Where Disaster Strikes: Modern Space and the Visualization of Destruction is the new exhibition which can be seen in Map Gallery, Pusey Hall, Harvard University. Fires, volcanoes, floods, bombs, droughts, (and monsters). We can easily understand their effect on the built and natural landscape because they happen so suddenly. The Harvard Map Collection invites you to see 350 years of maps that visualize the sudden devastation of disaster, from the London Fire of 1666 through the bombing of Hiroshima to the cities we see destroyed in our movies. Through these maps, we can see how our modern spaces define what counts as disaster and how disasters continue to shape the spaces around us.
January 2017 - June 30, 2017 – Honolulu
Research carried out by undergraduate students from the University of Hawaii more than 80 years ago will be on display in Mapping the Territory in University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hamilton Library’s Archives, Moir Reading Room, 2550 McCarthy mall. Working with professional social scientists, undergraduate student researchers shed light on social conditions in Hawaiʻi in the Territorial era. The maps, papers and documents richly detail life in the Territory from a unique point of view—students at the University of Hawaii. The maps and papers were submitted as assignments. The community studies illustrate a street, neighborhood, or town; other maps focus on a specific social problem or issue. All the maps, in some way or another, deal with race and ethnic diversity, and all were meant to measure and document how local communities evolved during an important era of social change.
January 19, 2017 – February 28, 2017 – Milan
Visual geography. Imago Italiae can be seen at Biblioteca Sormani, Corso di Porta Vittoria, 6. The geo-pictorial maps of the Agostini family are displayed on the Monumental staircase of the Grechetto room. Admission free. Closed Sundays and holidays. Additional information at telephone 02 884 63372, or C.salagrechetto(at)comune.milano.it.
January 22, 2017 - March 29, 2017 - Fullerton,
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, many believed California was a remote island with plenty of gold, free-loving amazons and strange beasts. A new exhibit at California State University Fullerton's Pollak Library features a selection of maps from the Roy V. Boswell Collection for the History of Cartography, one of the University's special collections. The exhibit, California As an Island and Worlds That Never Were," will be on display in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery, Pollak Library, 800 North State College Blvd.
January 27, 2017 - October 8, 2017 – Houston
Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, the special exhibition Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, traces more than 400 years of Texas history. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the formation of Texas, from an unnamed frontier in the New World, to a small outpost of New Spain, to the huge, bustling state that now leads the nation. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State will be in the Hamill Gallery and feature maps dating between 1513-1920. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.
January 27, 2017 - Indefinite - Salt Lake City
Maps serve many purposes. They represent physical geographies, recording landmarks, routes, and boundaries. But they also reflect varying perceptions, imaginations, values, and aspirations. This is certainly true of the maps presented in Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps. Over five centuries, empires and explorers along with printers and publishers worked first to trace the outline of a continent that was new to Europeans and then, eventually, to fill in its vast middle. These maps show the steady increase of geographic knowledge of the Americas, but they also demonstrate the economic and political interests that produced that knowledge and the individuals who benefited from it. They hint at what map makers and their sponsors determined was worth documenting, identifying, and, in some cases, possessing. They often erase, obscure, and distort. Put simply: maps are more than cartographic representations of known or imagined physical features on the landscape. As you examine these maps, try to determine the purposes for which they were made and any mistruths, omissions, and distortions they may contain. The maps are displayed in the Utah Capitol Building, 350 N State St. Maps in the exhibition are primarily owned by Salt Lake City businessman Steven Boulay, with contributions from the Utah State Historical Society, American West Center at the University of Utah, L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University, and LDS Church History Department.
March 16, 2017 - April 29, 2017 – Manila
The Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS) is arranging and sponsoring an exhibition of rare historical maps and charts of the Philippine archipelago and surrounding seas from c1540 to c1900 in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd. Entitled Mapping the Philippine Seas, the exhibition showcases ca. 165 original maps and sea charts from the private collections of PHIMCOS members and a reproduction of the Selden Map courtesy of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and is open to the public at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. The theme of the exhibition is the use of cartography to explain the historical importance of the location of the Philippines at the centre of eastern and southeast-Asian trade routes, the discovery and use of those maritime trade routes by European explorers, colonists and traders, the search for new, faster and safer sea passages around and through the Philippine archipelago, and the use of scientific hydrography to improve the charts and thereby the safety of seafarers.
April 2017 – August 2017 – New York
The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the exhibition We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. This pivotal moment sparked American opposition to Britain’s restrictive colonial policies, particularly taxation without representation, which was established to help pay for troops stationed in the colonies during the French and Indian War (1756-1763). Protesters in Boston hung one of the tax collectors in effigy on an elm tree near the Boston Common. The tree became known as the Liberty Tree, and the loose organization of protesters were known as the Sons of Liberty. This early opposition throughout the colonies to British imperial control set the stage for growing opposition to British rule during the next ten years, resulting in the American Revolutionary War. Employing geographic and cartographic perspectives, the exhibition will tell the story of how thirteen separate colonies found a common cause, fought a bloody war for independence, and finally came together as a new, united nation. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 60 maps supplemented by 40 related graphic documents, paintings, and three dimensional objects documenting British North America’s volatile and rapidly changing political and economic landscape during the last half of the 18th century.
June 7, 2017 – October 9, 2017 – Marseille
Ocean Explorers From Sindbad to Marco Polo is an exhibition at MuCEM, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, 7 Promenade Robert Laffont. Guided by the legendary Sindbad the Sailor, the geographer al-Idrīsī, the explorer Ibn Baṭṭūṭah, and many others, set sail—with the Arabs, the masters of the seas, and the great European sailors who sailed on their maritime routes—on a wonderful voyage of discovery extending from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. From the beginning of Islam to the dawn of the seventeenth century, it is a maritime adventure that visitors can see and experience in an exceptional immersive itinerary that combines sound effects, images, and optical devices. Sailors had to learn to master the sea before setting sail. In a relaxed atmosphere, under the guidance of the sailor and cartographer Ibn Majid (1432–1500), visitors will learn about the art of sailing, see wonderful navigation instruments, and discover the development of vessels, in a journey of discovery complemented by many models. Thanks to the development of cartography, sailors were able to better master the seas, as attested by the author of a famous map of the world: the geographer al-Idrīsī (circa 1100–1165), against a backdrop of medieval Latin and Arab cosmographies, maps and portolanos, world maps, and other astronomical treatises, and beneath a didactic and interactive sky.
June 28, 2017 - December 10, 2017 - Baker City, Oregon
Finding Fremont: Pathfinder of the West will be on display at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Discover the story of John C. Fremont and his expedition through Central Oregon in 1843-44. Fremont’s mapping expeditions provided maps for emigrants on The Oregon Trail and beyond, launching him to fame, fortune, and a bid for president of the United States of America. Developed by the Deschutes Historical Museum in partnership with the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Included in the exhibition is the 170-year-old, seven-section topographical map of the Oregon Trail which was developed by cartographer Charles Preuss, who accompanied frontiersman John C. Fremont and his wife Jesse Benton on an expedition along the route of the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon in 1843.