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)

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.

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.

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.

December 17, 2015 - May 22, 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 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 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.

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.

February 13, 2016 - June 12, 2016 – Princeton
In 1853, Solomon Nunes Carvalho, an Orthodox Jew from Charleston, South Carolina, and the American-born son of Jews of Spanish-Portuguese Jewish descent, threw caution to the wind and set off with famed U.S. explorer John Fremont on his Fifth Westward Expedition. A few of Carvalho's surviving prints of that trailblazing expedition and several of his acclaimed paintings are among the little-known gems in By Dawn's Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture From the Nation's Founding to the Civil War, an eye-opening exhibit at the Princeton University Art Museum. The exhibit, organized by the Princeton University Library, boasts more than 160 rarely seen books, maps, manuscripts, prints and paintings including some of the earliest novels, plays, scientific treatises and religious works produced by Jews in the United States.

March 2016 - June 3, 2016 - New York
Central Park is one of New York’s most iconic public spaces and has delighted the senses of millions of visitors for over 150 years. But how well do we really know Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s 843 acre bucolic masterpiece? Central Park: Mapping Landscapes is a mini exhibit of antiquarian maps from the New York Public Library, Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division. Viewers can discover how the landscape of Manhattan was transformed from hardscrabble farmland into the most beloved and acclaimed urban park in the United States in this exhibit in the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.

March 4, 2016 - May 8, 2016 - San Francisco
A major exhibition, China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps, showcasing two rare and famous world maps produced in 17th century China by Jesuit missionaries can be seen at San Francisco Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. The first is Matteo Ricci’s 1602 Kunyu wanguo quantu (“Map of the Myriad Countries” or “Mappamondo”), a map so rare that it is called “The Impossible Black Tulip” (on loan from the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota). The second is the Kunyu quantu (“The Complete Map of the World”), Ferdinand Verbiest’s world map of 1674 (on loan from the Library of Congress). These are the first Chinese maps to show the Americas, the Polar regions, and the western shores of Europe and Africa, and include explanations of natural and astronomical phenomena. This is the first time that both of these seminal maps have been displayed together. Also on display are rare books and atlases associated with these maps and the 16-18th century Jesuit mission to China. The exhibition is presented by the San Francisco Asian Art Museum in partnership with the University of San Francisco Ricci Institute.

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.

March 26, 2016 - May 22, 2016 - Warkworth, Ontario
The Miikaans/The Percy Portage exhibit can be seen at the Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre, 35 Church St. The exhibit includes historic maps and more about a route that many local folks still don’t know is a part of the history of this region. Miikaans is the Ojibway word for trail or path. The Percy Portage was an important route used for centuries by the Mississaugas, Huron and Iroquois First Nations. It also formed the basis of the first major road in the region in the early 19th century for local settlers, and those heading north. The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 30, 2016 - September 4, 2016 - Cos Cob (Greenwich), Connecticut
With 36 miles of coastline, the sea has always played a significant role in the history of Greenwich. Since the town’s founding in 1640, boats plying Long Island Sound were a regular and reliable means of commercial trade and passenger transport. Through paintings, photographs, maps, charts and instruments, the exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History will explore the rich history of maritime Greenwich and share the myriad stories that link us to our coastal roots. Exhibition is at Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road.

March 30, 2016 – May 22, 2016 - San Francisco
Mapping “The East”: Envisioning Asia in the Age of Exploration is an exhibition of more than 20 early maps and books of Asia produced by European cartographers during the 16th-18th centuries. Drawn from the collections of Sophia University, Tokyo, and the University of San Francisco Ricci Institute, these works reflect expanding knowledge of East Asia during the Age of Exploration, and their makers’ European religious and philosophical perspectives. Exhibition can be see Tues – Fri & Sun, 1:00 – 5:00PM, in Manresa Gallery in St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco Main campus.

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 7, 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. Reflecting the exuberance of American popular culture and the creativity of commercial art, the maps are stimulating to the imagination and dazzling to the eye.

April 14, 2016 - June 29, 2016 – Erfurt
Landkartenherstellung im Verlag Justus Perthes Gotha [Map Production by Publisher Justus Perthes of Gotha] can be seen at Druckereimuseum und Schaudepot der Museen der Stadt Erfurt, Benary-Speicher, Brühler Str. 37.

April 16, 2016 - July 10, 2016 - Bergamo, Italy
Quando L’italia Disegnava Il Mondo. Tesori Cartografici del Rinascimento Italiano [When Italy Drew The World. Cartographic treasures of the Italian Renaissance] can be seen at Palazzo del Podestà - Museo del ‘500 (Piazza Alta / Città Alta). The exhibition is organized by the "Roberto Almagià" along with Bergamo History Foundation and the Biblioteca Civica Angelo Mai e Archivi Storici Comunali, in addition to the City of Bergamo. The plan followed has been to temporarily recreate a big "Lafreri Atlas", using maps drawn by the organizers' collections. The result is an exhibition of 74 printed maps published in Rome or Venice between 1525 and 1575; the heart of the "Golden Age of the cartography of the Italian Renaissance." These maps start from world maps, then the continents and regions of Italy, followed by birds-eye views of Italian cities. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog of over 230 pages.

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).

April 19, 2016 - August 28, 2016 – Stanford, California
Stanford University announces the opening of the exhibition A Universe of Maps / Opening the David Rumsey Map Center in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 2nd floor; and the David Rumsey Map Center, 4th floor, in the Green Library, Bing Wing, Stanford University.

April 28, 2016 - November 28, 2016 – Rome
The exhibition 1716-2016 Cielo e Terra [1716-2016 Heaven and Earth] features Sylvester Amanzio Moroncelli's large globes of 1716 and the cartographic collection of the Casanatense Library. The exhibition will be at the Biblioteca Casanatense, Via S. Ignazio, 52. It is open Monday-Friday at 11:30 to 13:30 / 16:30 to 18:00.

April 29, 2016 - September 5, 2016 - San Antonio
The Witte Museum and the Texas General Land Office announce a collaborative map exhibit in the Russel Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery located at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St. The exhibit is entitled Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State. Explore a stunning collection of rare Texas maps from the collections of the Texas General Land Office, the Witte Museum and the private collection of Carol and Frank Holcomb. See four of the original maps used by Stephen F. Austin for his colony in what was then Mexico, as well as a selection of rare maps dating from the 1600s to the late 1800s that reveal the shifting boundaries of Texas that affected all maps of the United States and Mexico. The exhibition also features important artifacts and documents relating to and complementing these significant maps.

May 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 – Denver
Illusions, Delusions & Confusions is an exhibit of maps featuring myths at the main branch of the Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Street.

May 2, 2016 – July 1, 2016 – Boulder, Colorado
Map Myths is an exhibit of maps featuring map mythology at the Map Library at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

May 5-26, 2016 - Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
An 11x5-meter drawing of northeastern Japan in the mid-17th century is among 23 old maps on display at a rare exhibition in the Chido Museum, 10-18, Ienakashinmachi. It is a copy of the Dewa Ikkoku no Ezu picture map, which was jointly compiled by feudal domains controlling the region stretching from today’s Yamagata Prefecture to neighboring Akita Prefecture. The replica, which is believed to be several centuries old and is the largest on display, belonged to the Shonai domain established in the early Edo Period (1603-1867). Based in Tsuruoka, the domain controlled a large part of what is now Yamagata Prefecture.

May 2016 - September 2016 - San Antonio
Bexar County will have an exhibition of letters, maps and artifacts that predate San Antonio and reveal the story behind its start. The exhibit called Nuestra Historia will be housed at the former Federal Reserve Building, 126 E. Nueva Street. Items that haven't been viewed for centuries will be displayed, including a crucifix, a cannon, pottery, other artifacts and 10 maps. Centerpiece of the exhibit is the 1717 Rebolledo letter describing the need for a settlement on the San Antonio River, which is stored in the Bexar Archives at University of Texas at Austin, and the coinciding map, which has been stored in the General Archives of the Indies in Spain. It will be the first time the two documents can be viewed together in nearly 300 years.

May 19, 2016 - September 26, 2016 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
The maps in the exhibition The Land Remains: A century of conservation in America’s National Parks showcase units of the National Park Service in all stages of their history. Many date from before the idea of the government preserving areas of natural beauty or cultural significance had even formed. Many are from the first days of preservation of a site. Some show the process of creating a park and the struggle to protect and preserve hallowed ground while still allowing in the people for whom it is preserved. Exhibition can be seen in Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library, Harvard University.

May 20, 2016 - November 27, 2016 - Franeker, The Netherlands
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.

May 26, 2016 - September 18, 2016 - Navarra, Spain
The National Library of Spain has loaned the Fundación Museo Jorge Oteiza, Calle la Cuesta, 7, the fifteenth century manuscript "Cosmographia" by Claudius Ptolemy. The work will be one of the main pieces of the exhibition Paces de urtubia 1513. Geografía y paisaje at the Museum. In addition to "Cosmographia", the National Library has loaned another eight works, including, including various maps and cartographic material as Penínsule Hispánique (1833?), España. Suelos (1852), and Navarra. Mapas Generales (1647).

June 14, 2016 – July 2, 2016 – Berlin
In cooperation with the Weser Renaissance Museum Brake Castle, Lemgo, the Map Division of Berlin State Library, Potsdamer Str. 33, has an exhibition Weltvermesser von Erde, Meer und Himmel.

June 25, 2016 - November 6, 2016 – Chicago
A first for the Art Institute of Chicago’s Japanese print gallery, 111 South Michigan Avenue, the exhibition Unique Perspectives: Japanese Maps from the 18th and 19th Centuries showcases the beauty of Japanese printmaking. The 18th- and 19th-century maps on view, in gallery 107, feature the world, the Japanese archipelago, and the country’s major cities, including Osaka, Yokohama, Edo, Nagasaki, and Kyoto. Highlights include works from trustee Barry MacLean’s comprehensive collection, such as a Buddhist map of the world that translates spiritual forces into physical locations. A blue and white “map plate,” also from the MacLean Collection, features a relief map of Japan divided into provinces with additional land masses and mythical locations such as “the land of women” circling the edge of the plate. An 1861 aerial view of Yokohama from the Art Institute’s collection is made up of six standard-sized prints presented as one image, with important buildings and sections of the foreign settlement labeled for ease of use.

July 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016 - Prague
The exhibition Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe was prepared in cooperation of Map Collection of Charles University in Prague and National Museum of Fine Arts in Malta. The exhibition presents four maps of the Great Siege of Malta 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. Previously the exhibition was presented in Malta and now it can be seen in Foyer of the Map Collection, Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague, Albertov 6. Czech Republic. Exhibition will be open Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM.

August 13, 2016 - October 16, 2016 – Toronto
Sea monsters, invented islands, and uncharted lands - discover the unexpected beauty of maps and atlases from the 16th to the 19th century in the exhibition The Art of Cartography. Exhibition can be seen in TD Gallery, Main Level, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

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.

October 14, 2016 - November 27, 2016 - Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture
The discovery of a 17th century map accompanied by color plates of people from different cultures provides an insight into how Japanese viewed the world in the early Edo Period (1603-1867). The discovery of the map, titled “Bankoku Sozu” (Collective diagram of the world), and the “Sekai Jinbutsu Zu” (Diagram of people of the world) chart was announced by the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History. The two massive woodblock prints, each measuring 134.5 centimeters tall and 57.6 centimeters wide, were probably produced in Nagasaki in 1645, and together with another set made in the same year are the oldest ever found in Japan. The two prints will be exhibited at the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History, 2 Chome-4-1 Nishimachi.

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 May 26, 2016 by John W. Docktor (jdocktor(at)