New York Map Society
Map Shows & Lectures
New York Map Society member Jack Eichenbaum recommends you see the Museum of the
City of New York exhibition:
"NY at its Core: 400 years of NYC History."  Jack says: "I found it
AWESOME (a word I use with discretion!). This exhibit will require multiple visits, and
incorporates history, geography, ecology, and culture, and the narrative uses words, pictures,
maps and objects.”
"The Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System"
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows  
Corona Park, Queens NY 11368. Phone: (718) 592-9700.
walk from Willets Point stop on the # 7 subway. Parking available)

For the 1939 World’s Fair, city agencies were invited to produce
exhibits for the New York City Pavilion, now the Queens Museum.
Each exhibit shared “what the various branches of municipal
government are doing to serve the citizens of today.” To educate
New Yorkers about the water supply system, the Department of
Water Supply, Gas, and Electricity, created the relief map now
displayed at the Queens Museum. A team of cartographers began
work in 1938 with a depression-era budget of $100,000, roughly $1.5
million in today’s dollars. But at 540 square feet, the model was too
big for the allotted space. Ten years later, it made its only public
appearance in the City’s Golden Anniversary Exposition at
Manhattan’s Grand Central Palace. In 2008, after decades in
storage, the 27-piece relief map was in desperate need of
conservation. The model was sent to McKay Lodge Fine Arts
Conservation Lab in Oberlin, Ohio and restored to its original
brilliance. In collaboration with the New York City Department of
Environmental Protection, it will now remain on long-term loan in its
originally intended home in the New York City Building.
Through April 20, 2019:
"Crossing Boundaries: Boundaries: Art // Maps"
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at
the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Copley
Square, Boston MA 02116 Phone: 617-859-2387
This exhibition
“juxtaposes contemporary works of
art with selected maps from the collections of the
Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center
at the Boston Public Library. These pairings and
trios create dialogues that illuminate the crossing
of the traditional boundaries of art and maps, and
stimulate a fresh appreciation of both media.”
1581 Heinrich Bünting (1545-1606)
“Die gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat …”
from "Itinerarium Sacrae Scriptura …"
Courtesy of the Mapping Boston Foundation
Through September 8, 2019
"Navigating New York
New York Transit Museum, located in a decommissioned subway
station at 99 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Accessible by over 20 bus and subway lines. The entrance to the
Museum is down two flights of stairs. A second, wheelchair-accessible
entrance is located on the corner of Schermerhorn and Court Streets.
New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early  
ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains,
buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s
growth through the increasingly connected transportation system.  
Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s
collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital
technology that refresh our view of the city and show how  
transportation has catalyzed its development.
1939 Nostrand/Interborough Rapid
Transit map
Courtesy, New York Transit Museum
Through May 31, 2019:
"New Amsterdam to Metropolis:
Historic Maps of New York City 1548-1964"
Martayan Lan, 70 East 55th St., 6th Floor, New York City, 10022
"We invite you to our Midtown map gallery to view our new exhibition of maps, plans and views
tracing the history of New York City from the earliest European encounter with the region by
Verrazzano in 1524 to the skyscraper-bedecked city of the mid-twentieth century."
Read about the show in The New York Times.
Courtesy Queens Museum
Through May 12, 2019:
"Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth"
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York,
NY 10016
"The most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several
generations. Drawn from the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian
Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and
private lenders,
the exhibition will include maps, family photographs and
memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, draft manuscripts, and designs
related to "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings," and "The Silmarillion."
J. R. R. Tolkien: The first
map of The Lord of the
Rings, c.1937–1949,
black, red and blue ink,
pencil, colored pencil.
Bodleian Libraries, MS.
Tolkien Drawings 103. ©
The Tolkien Trust 1992,