The Walters Art Museum will be hosting the "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World" Exhibition from March 16, 2008 to June 8, 2008. Organized by The Field Museum and the Newberry Library, Chicago, this special exhibition will be the most ambitious American exhibition devoted to maps since the great History of Maps Exhibition held in Baltimore in 1952.
Visitors will come face-to-face with some of the world’s greatest cartographic treasures, not only maps made by great cartographers of the Middle Ages and the age of exploration, but also seldom-seen and exciting artifacts from around the world that will broaden visitors’ knowledge of the almost universal human activity of map-making.
The exhibition will feature a variety of unique, rare, and often beautiful artifacts, including maps on cuneiform tablets, medieval maps, manuscript maps of explorers, globes, maps of areas all around the earth, and maps of nowhere: utopias and imaginary maps. Highlights include three maps by Leonardo da Vinci, J. R. R. Tolkien’s map of Minas Tirith, and Thomas Jefferson’s map of the proposed contours of the states of the Union.