Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions

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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 in Fort Wayne occupies the former Church of Christ at 3039 Piqua Avenue. The map-only museum will display maps on a three- to six-month rotation schedule.
Admission is always free. For information (KMuseumFtW(at) call 260-456-6929.

Indefinite - Jacksonville, Florida
The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection contains some 244 antiquarian maps of Florida and Florida cities, North and South America, and the world. It includes historical views and plates focusing on northern Florida. Most of these maps are on permanent display in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room on the fourth floor of the Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street. Additional information 813-228-0097.

Indefinite - Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
The story of how Hawaii found its place on the map in the mid-Pacific is a tale filled with discovery, adventure and conflict. When European explorers first entered the Pacific, they found that the great ocean had already been mastered by navigators whose nautical skills rivaled their own: the Polynesians. The presence of the Polynesians throughout the ocean's isles was testimony to an extraordinary seafaring heritage. The Story of Hawaii Museum displays antique maps, prints and ephemera from the Polynesian Migrations to the 21st Century in an attempt to explain the history of Hawaii. The Story of Hawaii Museum Gallery & Museum Gift Shop is open 7 days a week and is centrally located at the first level of Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 W Kaahumanu Ave.

Indefinite - Kozani, Greece
Kozani in the World of Maps is on display at the Municipal Map Library housed in the recently restored Georgios Lassanis Mansion at the center of the city. The historic Map Library, with its roots in 17th century, keeps a small but important collection of maps, atlases and geography books, mainly from 18th century, referred to the period of Greek Enlightenment. For example, a copy of the 1797 Rigas Velestinlis "Charta" as well as the extremely rare 1800 Anthimos Gazis world map are kept there among other maps and atlases which were never before put on public display. Contact info(at) or 2461 50635 / 2461 50632 for additional information.

Indefinite – La Jolla, California
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla is tucked into an office building at 7825 Fay Ave, Suite LL-A. The maps are displayed on walls and in cases, arranged somewhat chronologically and by themes. There’s a crude black and white drawing of the world from 1472, a vibrant “Roads to Romance” representation of Southern California circa 1958 and hundreds of other maps from all over the world. Some were used in their day for navigation, some for display, some for dreaming. There are maps that show California as an island - a depiction of an almost mythological paradise that persists, in the public consciousness, centuries later. There is a map from 1617 that shows what is now Belgium and Holland shaped like a lion - a projection of power and national pride. The maps are a part of the Stone Map and Atlas Foundation, headed by local businessman and philanthropist Michael Stone, who has been collecting maps for 20 years. The Museum is open Wednesday and Thursday 11-4 and the 1st and 3rd Saturday also 11-4 or by appointment for groups of four or more. For additional information contact Richard Cloward (richard(at) or Roz Gibson (roz(at) at 855-653-6277.

Indefinite – La Rochelle, France
The Musée du Nouveau Monde [Museum of the New World], 10 Rue Fleuriau, is housed in an eighteenth century mansion, the hotel Fleuriau, named after the family who lived there from 1772 to 1974. The Museum features numerous old maps of the Americas as well as sculptures, paintings, drawings, furniture and decorative objects. These objects are evidence of the triangular trade and slavery with the Americas, through which the city of La Rochelle, like others, amassed considerable wealth. Part of the museum is devoted to the French conquest of the New World, especially in Canada, while evoking the Old West and Native Americans.

Indefinite - Palma, Majorca
Bartolomé March Servera (1917-1998) became an important art collector and bibliophile. The Fundación Bartolomé March established a museum, where the family residence in Palma was located for decades, to display his collection. The Palau March, located at Carrer del Palau Reial, 18, displays an outstanding collection of art and sculpture. Another of the numerous collections that Bartolomé March brought together was that of Majorcan Cartography. In Majorca, between the 14th and 15th Century, an important set of navigation charts signed by local artists was drawn up. The great majority of these charts left the island and the most famous of them ended up in public libraries or in private hands. Bringing together this collection, considered to be one of the best in the world, was an arduous task. The exhibit displayed here, with excellent documentation, brings together a very interesting collection both for its technical perfection and its exquisite ornamental effect. Included are Portolan charts by Jacobus Russus (1535), Mateo Prunés (1561), Jaume Olives (1564 and 1571), Joan Oliva (1620), and Miquel Prunés (1640).

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

Indefinite – Montreal
History and Memory showcases almost 500 artifacts, images, archival documents, and early maps from the Stewart Museum’s vast collection showing the influence of European civilizations in New France and North America. The planispheres, star charts and maps of North and South America and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans amply illustrate the expanding geographic knowledge gained by Europeans as they made their way across continents, that until then, had remained terra incognita. Added to these artefacts is a major collection of globes and navigation instruments: mariner’s compass, traverse board, nocturnal, astrolabe, sundial, and maritime hourglass from the 18th century. The Stewart Museum is located at the British military depot on St. Helen's Island, Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Indefinite - Raleigh, North Carolina
Capital Cartography: A History of Raleigh in Maps can be seen at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street. This exhibit showcases over two hundred years of Raleigh’s development through a collection of historic maps. Looking at maps as more than way finding tools, visitors experience cartography as a reflection of the times and the draftsmen who crafted them. The exhibit features 14 maps that reflect over 200 years of the Capital city’s history.

Indefinite - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Mercator Museum, Zamanstraat 49, displays a chronological story of cartography, from ancient times to today. In this story, the figure and work of Gerard De Cremer (Rupelmonde 1512 - 1594 Duisburg) - aka Gerard Mercator - is placed in the spotlight. His rare earth globe (1541) and celestial globe (1551), recently included in the Flemish masterpieces list, remain the highlights of the museum. The rich collection of atlases, including his first Ptolemy edition 1584, shines in the showcases. The story is complemented by a carefully chosen selection of maps and atlases from the 17th to the early 20th century.

Indefinite - Tampa, Florida
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) 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
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)

April 1, 2014 - April 2, 2016 – Amsterdam
The exhibition entitled The Atlases includes the top pieces from The National Maritime Museum's extensive collection of maps and atlases, and can be seen at Het Scheepvaartmuseum [The National Maritime Museum], Kattenburgerplein 1. Get acquainted with the four pioneers of cartography: Ptolemy, Mercator, Claesz, and Blaeu. These mapmakers and publishers produced maps and atlases that forever changed how we see the world. Your journey shows you the first maps of America, via the ‘Unknown land of the South,’ to a detailed city map of Amsterdam. The maps and atlases, produced between 1482 and 1665, are unique historical documents, and a feast for the eye with their rich decorations.

May 30, 2015 - February 14, 2016 - St. Louis, Missouri
What was life in St. Louis like in the late 1800s? Find out the fun way by exploring the new exhibit, A Walk in 1875 St. Louis, on display at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park. This free, 6,000-square-foot exhibition is based on a detailed bird's-eye map of St. Louis. When viewed in its entirety, the map spans eight feet in height by 24 feet in length. It was begun in 1874 by draftsman Camille N. Dry, and published in book form in 1876 by sheet music publisher Richard Compton. A Walk in 1875 St. Louis also has interactive opportunities that encourage visitors to dive into the history of the city. There are separate maps for individual neighborhoods with panels that point out what's changed. The map of Tower Grove Park, for instance, has intricate drawings of each of the pavilions that still stand today.

September 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016 - New Brunswick, New Jersey
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 71 Hamilton Street, presents Simeon De Witt: Mapping A Revolution. This exhibition celebrates one of the university’s most distinguished alumni, Simeon De Witt, the fourteenth graduate of what was then known as Queen’s College and, because of the Revolutionary War, the only one in 1776. In 1802, he drafted the first large-scale map of the state to be printed. It was the most detailed to date - depicting newly established cities, towns, and county lines - and distributed to salons and offices as an accurate reference of the Empire State's geography. An 1804 version of this map is on view, on loan from Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University Libraries. The map is accompanied by several of De Witt's original drafting tools, on loan from the Albany Institute of History and Art, and a field compass commonly used during the era, also from Special Collections. These historical objects provide insight into the resources available to De Witt at the time. Also on view are prints that depict important battles in New Jersey during America's War for Independence, including a map by English engraver William Faden that depicts the positions of Washington's troops in New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the beginning of the war.

September 20, 2015 - August 2016 - Morton Grove, Illinois
If you have forgotten what a paper map looks like, the Morton Grove Historical Museum, 6148-6240 W. Dempster, will have plenty on display as part of the exhibition Morton Grove Maps. The exhibit will be the first of its kind at the museum as a means of educating the public about the history of the village and the reason preservation of maps is important. Free to the public, the exhibit includes at least a dozen original maps, in addition to some reprints and other related artifacts. One map predates the year Morton Grove was incorporated in 1895. The Museum is open Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Sundays (October – May only), 2:00-4:00 p.m.

September 26, 2015 - February 28, 2016 – Cardiff
When the industrial revolution was in full swing, the demand for coal, iron and limestone was huge. William Smith, a blacksmith’s son from Oxfordshire, realised that a map showing where different rock layers (strata) came to the surface would be of great value. 200 years later, Smith’s beautifully hand-coloured maps are icons in the world of geology. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales, holds more original versions of these huge, spectacular maps than any other public institution in the world. Three different editions are fully displayed in the exhibition Reading the Rocks: the Remarkable Maps of William Smith along with unique documents and smaller maps, all depicting the story of Smith’s life and work.

October 6, 2015 – March 3, 2016 – Madrid
Hispaniae Geologica Chartographia La representación geológica de España a través de la Historia [The geological representation of Spain through history] is on display at Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Ríos Rosas, 23. This exhibition brings together a selection of maps that reflect the evolution of geological mapping in Spain, which responds to the advancement of scientific and cultural knowledge of the country and the concerns and needs of society. From the first graphical representations of more than 3,000 years ago to the current maps, geological mapping has been an essential tool for humans. Each of the 40 selected geological maps marked a milestone at the time.

October 16, 2015 - August 2016 – 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.

October 28, 2015 - April 10, 2016 – Basel
Basel im Stadtportrait – 400 Jahre Merianplan 1615–2015 [Basel city Portrait - 400 years Merian plan from 1615 to 2015] is a special exhibition at the Museum Kleines Klingental, Unterer Rheinweg 26. 400 years ago Matthäus Merian handed the Basel Council a bird's eye view of the city. It showed for the first time a true reflection of the characteristic medieval buildings which had been defined by the city walls. Today it serves as an indispensable source of local history. The exhibition sheds light on Merian's models and operations as well as on how Merian has influenced the later views of the city - to the modern, geo-referenced survey.

October 31, 2015 – March 27, 2016 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents
Women in Cartography. This exhibition recognizes and celebrates the long overlooked role of women in the world of mapping; bringing their stories, accomplishments, and most importantly their maps to light. Curated by Alice Hudson, former Chief of the Map Division at the New York Public Library, Women in Cartography showcases the works of better-known women cartographers such as Marie Tharp, who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the entire ocean floor, and, Agnes Sinclair Holbrook who created the Hull-House maps, statistical cartographic presentations of social data from the immigrant rich Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago.

November 2, 2015 - March 31, 2016 - Clermont-Ferrand, France
The celebration of the centenary of the Great War is an opportunity to discover or rediscover the war that deeply shocked the world at the beginning of the twentieth century. For this occasion, the Clermont University Library and Map Library Department joined forces to highlight different topographic maps of that period from the collections of the University. Des Cartes Pour Faire La Guerre can be seen at BCU Lettres et Sciences Humaines Lafayette, 1er étage (Salle Massillon), 1, Bd Lafayette. Indeed, the need for good quality and reliable maps is required by the military which is forced to adapt to the topography of the land of the enemy. Thus the role of topographic maps is far from minor in armed conflict.

November 3, 2015 - February 28, 2016 – Boston
Collecting For The Boston Athenæum In The 21st Century: Maps, Charts, & Plans can be seen at the Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon Street. The exhibition will show maps and charts from its rich cartographic collection. Those on exhibition will date from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Most of these materials have been acquired since 2004; and therefore, are relatively recent additions to our collection. Some of the highlights will include a very scarce chart of Casco Bay by J.F.W. DesBarres, a rare French edition of a classic map of the Americas by Petrus Bertius, published in the mid-seventeenth century, and a beautiful example of one of the earliest charts to focus on the New England coastline by J. van Keulen.

November 13, 2015 - February 12, 2016 - Des Moines, Iowa
The Anderson Gallery, 2505 Carpenter Ave., will open a major new exhibition titled Are We Global Yet? The Art and Politics of Public Space (including the virtual), curated by professor Lenore Metrick-Chen and students from her curatorial capstone seminar. The exhibition brings together historical maps, student collaborations with homeless individuals in the community, and contemporary artwork from more than 15 artists to ask the question, “Are we global yet?” One group of students met with a collector from Iowa City who owns more than 50 maps dating from the mid-1500s to the early 1900s. The students were able to explore the political and social concerns expressed in these centuries-old maps, several of which will be displayed in the gallery.

November 19, 2015 - March 12, 2016 - Portland, Maine
This fall, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will close its 20th-anniversary with a showcase of its finest maps and globes; Masterpieces at USM: Celebrating Five Centuries of Rare Maps and Globes. Curated by the Osher Map Library staff and some of Maine's very own luminaries, including renowned authors Susan Minot and Monica Wood as well as Senator Angus King, Senator Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, among others, this engaging exhibit highlights masterpieces from Osher Map Library collections. Featuring monumental pieces of cartographic history from around the world, ranging from the first modern printed map in 1475 to superb examples of woodcut, copperplate, and lithographic map printing from the 15th through the 19th centuries.

November 21, 2015 - 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.

November 25, 2015 – February 28, 2016 - Wusterhausen/Dosse, Germany
The increased incidence of infectious diseases makes it necessary to determine the cause as quickly as possible. Maps were and are a key tool for the investigation of disease and for informing the public, because they show at a glance how many people are ill and where the disease has spread. Moreover, maps are also the starting point for further questions: Why is only a certain area affected and where did the outbreak begin. Dedicated to this topic for the first time, an exhibition has been jointly organized by the Lower Saxony State Health Department, the German Society for Cartography and the Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage. Den Seuchen auf der Spur – 200 Jahre Infektionskrankheiten im Kartenbild [The plagues on the trail - 200 years of infectious diseases on the map] includes 25 pieces from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Eleven selected map examples are presented in detail in an accompanying brochure and explained. Exhibition can be been at Wegemuseum, Am Markt 3.

November 28, 2015 - February 20, 2016 - Peterhead, Scotland
The Arbuthnot Museum, St. Peter Street, currently showing an exciting exhibition of maps by James Robertson (1753-1829), the Shetlander who mapped Jamaica and Aberdeenshire. Robertson went to the Caribbean to make his fortune and became an expert in land surveying, producing remarkably accurate maps of Jamaica in 1804. In 1810 he was commissioned to survey and draw a new map of Aberdeenshire and Banffshire. This map and Robertson’s four maps of Jamaica are on loan to the exhibition from the National Library of Scotland.

December 17, 2015 - March 27, 2016 – Madrid
The Naval Museum, Paseo del Prado 5, has opened an exhibition on maritime cartography entitled Señores del mar, dueños del mundo that has been curated by Jose Maria Moreno Martin. On display are maps relating to history of cartography, Portolan charts, 19th century cartography and the influence of Flamenco on 17th century cartography.

January 2, 2016 - May 22, 2016 – Canberra
Experience 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. The National Library of Australia, in partnership with the National Library of China, will exhibit Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911. From life at court to life in the villages and fields, glimpse the world of China’s last imperial dynasty and its wealth of cultural tradition. See exquisite and precious objects from the National Library of China. Marvel at drawings and plans for Beijing’s iconic palaces from the Yangshi Lei Archives, listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2007 and never before seen in Australia. Beautiful maps, books and prints come alive in ornate detail. Discover our acclaimed Chinese Collection, including rare items from the London Missionary Society that offer a unique view of early western impressions of China.

January 11, 2016 – February 19, 2016 - Lille, France
As part of the cycle 'The map invents the world', the exhibition La carte, miroir des hommes, miroir du monde [Map, mirror of men, mirror of the world] presents maps, atlases and scientific instruments, from Dutch cartographers of the 16th and 17th centuries, until the new techniques of digital mapping. Exhibition can be seen at Université de Lille, Sciences et Technologies, Cité Scientifique, Villeneuve d'Ascq (Metro : Cité Scientifique). For booking and information contact alicia.zasso(at)univ- or tel. +33 3 20 33 77 17. Time schedule: Monday to Thursday from 9.00 to 18.00 and Friday from 9.00 to 13.00, guided tours of one hour.

January 16, 2016 - April 2, 2016 - Indianapolis
Visit the Rosemary McKee Lanham Gallery at the History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, to enjoy the museum’s newest exhibition, Mapping Indiana: Five Centuries of Treasures from the Indiana Historical Society. Featuring several original – and some never before seen – pieces from our collection, Mapping Indiana explores the ways we think about maps, how we use them and how they have helped to shape Indiana. Maps are themed to explore from the earliest understandings of the area’s geography through the mid-20th century. The exhibit, for map lovers of all ages, also features information on Hoosier mapmakers and their lives.

January 20, 2016 - May 2, 2016 – Marseille
Made in Algeria, Genealogy of a Territory is organized by Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, 7 Promenade Robert Laffont. This first exhibition dedicated to cartography is organized in collaboration with the National Institute of Art History (INHA) and the National Library of France (BNF) with support of the French Ministry of Culture. The event will highlight "the map invention that accompanied the 'conquest' of Algeria and its description." A series of maps, drawings, paintings, photographs, films and historical documents as well as works by contemporary artists will be presented at this exhibition.

January 28, 2016 - June 2016 - Durham, California
Old maps are a window to the past, and a new exhibit at the Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, highlights several particular to Butte County. Maps of the Past Tell our History focuses on the water, roads and railroads which were important in the development of the County. The map exhibit will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

January 29, 2016 - May 22, 2016 - Valletta, Malta
The exhibition Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe can be seen in the National Museum of Fine Arts located at the Admiralty House on South Street. The exhibition presents four maps of the Great Siege of 1565 by Giovanni Francesco Camocio, a thriving publisher and dealer of maps, prints and books. Distributed far and wide, these news maps were once the most effective means of reporting the latest developments of the Siege. Today, now part of our cultural heritage, they hold the collective memory of a lost cultural landscape, a historic past and a turning point of an event that shaped the history of the Maltese Islands.

February 4-7, 2016 - Ninove, Belgium
We are glad to announce a short but interesting exhibition in Ninove where two recently restored 17th century manuscript maps from the city archives are presented. Besides, maps of Van Deventer, Horenbault, Chamlay, Villaret, Frickx, Leclerc, Sanderus, Ferraris, Vandermaelen and Popp will be exhibited. The exhibit Kijk op de kaart [Look on the map] can be seen at Oud Stadhuis, Oudstrijdersplein 6 from 10 AM-5 PM.

February 6, 2016 - June 5, 2016 - Davenport, Iowa
Arguably the nation's most popular river, the mighty Mississippi is the subject for the Figge Art Museum's new exhibit - Mississippi River Views from the Muscatine Art Center Collection. Exhibit is in the third-floor gallery. The exhibit features more than 60 paintings, drawings, maps and other river-related works from the collection of the Muscatine Art Center. Beginning with a rare map from 1680 by Nicholaes Visscher, the exhibit includes drawings made on the river by Seth Eastman in the 1830s, and paintings of the river from the 1850s to the present.

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.

March 12, 2016 – June 16, 2016 - Cassel, France
La cartographie ou le miroir du monde [Mapping or the mirror of the world] features maps of Mercator and Ortelius. Both from Flanders, they met in 1554 and soon a friendship was born. Exhibition can be seen at Musée départemental de Flandre, 26 Grand'Place.

March 12, 2016 – June 18, 2016 – Dumfries, Scotland
The Dumfries Archival Mapping Project is holding an exhibition Amang the rigs o’ Barley”: a cartographic tour of Nithsdale and Annandale in the 18th and early 19th century Dumfries Museum.

April 2, 2016 – August 28, 2016 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents
From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary. In 1891 landscape architect Charles Eliot asserted the bold idea to form an organization that would “preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” At a time when land conservation and ‘being green’ was not widely discussed, his vision was forward thinking. Today, the organization he founded, The Trustees of Reservations, oversees more than 26,000 acres of preserved places from the Atlantic Coast to the Berkshire Mountains. In celebration of their 125th anniversary, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is partnering with The Trustees on a 40-item exhibition, featuring maps, photographs, and historical items from both collections. Visitors will be introduced to Trustees’ properties, become familiar with a number of distinctive map formats, learn about natural landforms and geologic terms, and cultivate an appreciation for the natural, historical, and cultural treasures of Massachusetts.

April 2016 – September 2016 - Portland, Maine
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will have an exhibition Pictorial Maps, curated by Stephen Hornsby.

April 18, 2016 - June 17, 2016 -Philadelphia
The year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the deaths of two of the world's great writers: William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Both authors lived in the golden age of European exploration when new discoveries were changing the way Europe understood and represented the world. The exhibit The Stage and All the World / Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Early Maps juxtaposes the way exploration and geography are represented in literature and in maps from the early modern period. Accompanying the exhibit will be a display of the digital project Shakespeare on the Map: The exhibit can be seen in the Snyder-Granader Alcove, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, sixth floor, University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut Street. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, by prior arrangement (215.898.7088 or rbml(at) Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance).

September 2, 2016 – February 26, 2017 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents
Tour: Shakespeare’s World. 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. Shakespeare’s World will complement a larger exhibition which will open at the Boston Public Library in October 2016, highlighting the Bard’s first folios.

October 2016 – March 2017 - Portland, Maine
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will have an exhibition Globes as Pedagogy. Selected Globes, Manuals, and Gores will be shown.

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.

Last Updated on February 9, 2016 by John W. Docktor (jdocktor(at)