Exhibitions

At the Central Library

Regions and Seasons

Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History

Central Library in Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)
March 4 through September 24, 2017

Gallery hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Guided Exhibition Tours
1st Wednesdays and 3rd Fridays ● 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
March-August

The mapping of broad climate zones, wind direction, ocean currents, and related weather events has a long and storied history. In this exhibition, you will discover how “Venti” were wind personas who directed ancient ships and “Horae” were goddesses of the seasons who dictated natural order during the 15th-17th centuries, how Enlightenment scientists started to collect and map weather data, and how 19th century geographers reflecting the golden age of thematic cartography created innovative techniques to represent vast amounts of statistical data and developed complex maps furthering our understanding of climatic regions. As you explore five centuries of regions and seasons, you can compare this gradual sophistication of mapping climatic data with the modern use of computers and models that analyze the impact of changing climatic conditions on future generations. View the online exhibition.

Boston Foreign-Born

Who We Are: Boston Immigration Then and Now

Central Library in Copley Square (Northwest Corridor in front of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)
May 24 through August 27, 2017

Recent immigration has given Boston a new richness of ethnic, language and cultural diversity, with more countries than ever before represented among us. Boston’s foreign-born population, hailing from more than 130 countries, now accounts for 28% of the city’s total population, and the neighborhoods that make up Boston often tell unique stories of diversity and change.

This exhibition compares the landscape of today’s “new” Boston with that of over 100 years ago. The maps and graphics on display here show where Boston’s foreign-born residents originate from, and where newer immigrant groups have settled, while celebrating who we are, and the vibrant diversity that is Boston. View the online exhibition.