Exhibition Roundup: NOAA, Versailles, Miami, Bangkok

Some upcoming map and map-related exhibitions to tell you about:

Silver Spring, Maryland: From a NOAA press release: “Artifacts representing nearly 200 years of science, service and stewardship by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its ancestor agencies will be on public display at the agency’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., February 6-11, 2006 during the second annual NOAA Heritage Week.” The exhibit will include early instruments, maps and charts. Free admission. More from GeoCarta.

yvelines_marseille.jpgVersailles, France:: An exposition at the Orangerie de Madame Élisabeth in Versailles features 17th- and 18th-century maps from the departmental archives of Yvelines that are, strangely enough, maps from outside Yvelines. Until February 19. Via Kartentisch.

Miami, Florida: At the Deering Estate until March 26, Cuba and the Caribbean in Old Maps, an exhibition of 16th- to 20th-century maps from Claude Alix’s private collection. Free admission. Via GeoCarta.

siam_thompson.jpgBangkok, Thailand: Until March 31 at the Jim Thompson House, an exhibition of a collection of 17 newly discovered cloth maps of southeast Asia dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries: “Covering Siam, Burma, Cambodia and China, they are rich in detail and beauty, showing terrain studded with hilltop temples, trees and forts. They show lakes and rivers teeming with fish and Chinese junks. But more importantly, they are unique in Thailand: other than a topographical copy of a map dating back the reigns of Rama I and II, the only other maps of that era were cosmological ones.” Via Cartography; thanks also to Robert Norheim for the link.