La Jolla Map and Atlas Museum

About 5 year(s) ago by Empress Hotel
La Jolla Map and Atlas Museum
You’re into history, geography and politics. And you have a grand appreciation for antique maps and atlases. That’s what makes you the perfect candidate to visit the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla near San Diego. Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as the first and third Saturdays of each month, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the museum boasts an amazing array of exhibits to enjoy. Get a glimpse into the California Gold Rush by examining “A New Map of the Gold Region in California.” Created in 1851, the map details a number of mining camps, such as Empire City, Downingville, Jacksonville, Coloma, and Tuolumne City. Another Golden State gem is “A Cartograph of California’s Picturesque Peninsula.” Highlights range from a completed Golden Gate Bridge to a Treasure Island without the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition.

One of the more distinctive offerings is “The San Zeno Astrolabe.” This four-foot in diameter calendar, which is from the mid-1400s, is the only object of its kind to have come out of the Middle Ages unscathed. For more than three centuries, it hung on the wall in the cloister of a northern Italy Benedictine abbey. Monks used it to keep tabs on their daily schedule along with the feast days of specific Saints who were the object of their prayers. One of the most unusual displays is the “Wonderground Map of London.” Put together just before the start of World War I in 1914 and showing up in Underground stations throughout the city, the map offered a humorous depiction of London in a light, comic-book style. Admission is free to the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla and you can learn more about it at http://www.lajollamapmuseum.org/.
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