List of world expositions

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List of world expositions is an annotated list of every world exposition sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), including those recognised retrospectively.

The designation "World Exposition" or "Expo" refers to a class of the largest, general scope exhibitions of 3 to 6 months' duration.

This list does not include BIE recognized International Horticultural Exhibitions. For other major international exhibitions, in addition to those endorsed by the BIE, see the comprehensive list of world's fairs.

List by date[edit]

Dates Name of Exposition Location[1] Theme[2] or symbol[3] Notables Visitors
in millions[4]
Cost
(USD)
in millions
[4]
Area
(ha)[4]
Attending countries
04/1851 - 10/1851 The Great Exhibition United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland London Industry of all Nations The Crystal Palace 6.00 1.65 10 25
05/1855 - 11/1855 Paris International France Paris Agriculture, Industry and Art Palais d'Industrie
Bordeaux Wine classification
5.00 2 15 25
05/1862 - 11/1862 International United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland London Industry and Arts 6.00 2 15 39
04/1867 - 11/1867 Paris International France Paris Agriculture, Industry and Arts Champ de Mars 15.00 4.5 69 42
05/1873 - 10/1873 Austrian International Austria-Hungary Vienna Culture and Education Rotunde 7.25 9.5 233 35
05/1876 - 11/1876 Centennial Exposition United States Philadelphia American Independence Centennial Arboretum
Telephone
Heinz Ketchup
10.00 8 115 35
05/1878 -11/1878 Paris International France Paris Agriculture, Arts and Industry Statue of Liberty
Telephone
Braille
16.00 11 75 36
09/1879 - 04/1880 Sydney International New South Wales Sydney Agriculture, Arts and Industry The Garden Palace, Steam trams 1.1
10/1880 - 04/1881 Melbourne International Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Arts, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Industry Royal Exhibition Buildings & Carlton Gardens 1.30 1.6 25 33
04/1888 - 12/1888 Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888) Spain Barcelona Arts and Industry Arc de Triomf
Columbus Monument
2.30 1.7 47 30
05/1889 - 10/1889 Paris International France Paris French Revolution Eiffel Tower
Annie Oakley
32.00 0.3 96 35
05/1893 - 10/1893 World's Columbian United States Chicago Discovery of America Midway Plaisance
Fine Arts Building
Fluorescent lamp
Ferris wheel
27.50 27 290 19
05/1897 - 11/1897 Brussels International Exposition Belgium Brussels Automobiles 7.80 132 27
04/1900 - 11/1900 Paris International France Paris Evaluation of a Century Motion Pictures
Escalator
Summer Olympics
50.80 18.75 120 58
05/1901 - 11/1901 Pan-American Exposition United States Buffalo Commercial well being and good understanding among the American Republics. Outdoor lighting
Assassination of William McKinley
X-ray machine
8.00 7.0 141
04/1904 - 12/1904 Louisiana Purchase United States St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Forest Park
Palace of Fine Art
Vulcan statue
Summer Olympics
19.69 31.5 515 63
04/1905 - 11/1905 Liège International (1905) Belgium Liège Belgian Independence 7.00 2.9 70 31
04/1906 - 11/1906 Milan International Italy Milan Transport Electric Tramways 10.00 2.6 100 25
05/1907 - 11/1907 Irish International Exhibition United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Dublin 2.75[5] 39
04/1907 - 12/1907 Jamestown Exposition United States Norfolk 300th Anniversary of Jamestown's settlement Railroad exhibits 2.851 2.5 400
06/1909 - 10/1909 Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition United States Seattle Development of the Pacific Northwest Forestry cabin 10.00 3.7 100
04/1910 - 11/1910 Brussels International Belgium Brussels Industries 13.00 3.5 90
04/1911 - 11/1911 Turin International Italy Turin International Exposition of Industry and Labor 4 247 acres[6] 30
04/1913 - 11/1913 Ghent International Belgium Ghent Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station 9.50 3.3 130 26
02/1915 - 12/1915 Panama–Pacific International United States San Francisco Inauguration of the Panama Canal Tower of Jewels
Palace of Fine Arts
19.00 25.8 254 32
03/1915 - 01/1917 Panama–California United States San Diego Celebrating the Opening of the Panama Canal California Quadrangle
Cabrillo Bridge
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
3.7 32
07/1922 - 02/1923 Independence Centenary International Exposition Brazil Rio de Janeiro Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Brazil's independence. Nations' Avenue 3.00 14
05/1929 - 06/1930 Ibero-American Exposition Spain Seville 17
05/1929 - 01/1930 Barcelona International Spain Barcelona Arts and Industry Barcelona Pavilion
Palau Nacional
Montjuïc Stadium
25 118
05/1933 - 11/1933 Century of Progress United States Chicago A Century of Progress Sky Ride
Graf Zeppelin
Homes of Tomorrow
48.60 42.9 170 19
04/1935 - 11/1935 Brussels International Belgium Brussels Transports, Colonisation 20.00 197 BEF 152 30
05/1937 - 11/1937 Paris International France Paris Arts and Technology in modern life Arc de Triomphe 31.00 1,400 FRF 105 44
04/1939 - 10/1940 New York World's Fair United States New York Building The World of Tomorrow Flushing Park
Bell Labs' Voder
Magna Carta
Sci-fi Convention
45.00[7] 155[8] 500 60
12/1949 - 06/1950 Exposition internationale du bicentenaire de Port-au-Prince Haiti Port-au-Prince Anniversary of foundation of Port-au-Prince Gulf of Gonâve 1 30
07/1958 - 09/1958 Brussels World's Fair Belgium Brussels A More Human World Heysel
Atomium
41.00 2,500 BEF 200 42
04/1962 - 10/1962 Century 21 Exposition United States Seattle Man in the Space Age Seattle Center
Space Needle
Seattle Monorail
9.60[9] 47[9] 30 24
04/1964 - 10/1965 New York World's Fair United States New York Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe Unisphere
Audio-Animatronics
51.61 262 58
04/1967 - 10/1967 Expo '67 Canada Montreal Man and His World Montreal Metro
Habitat '67
Montreal Biosphère
50.00 431 CAD 365 62
04/1968 - 10/1968 HemisFair '68 United States San Antonio Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas Tower of the Americas
Institute of Texan Cultures
HemisFair Arena
6.40[10] 156[10] 37.64[10] 23
03/1970 - 09/1970 Expo '70 Japan Osaka Progress and Harmony for Mankind Tower of the Sun
Moon rock
Electric Cars[11]
64.2 30
Profit[11]
329.82[11] 75
05/1974 - 11/1974 Expo '74 United States Spokane Tomorrow's Fresh New Environment IMAX[12] 4.80 78.4 41[12] 11
05/1982 - 10/1982 1982 World's Fair United States Knoxville Energy Turns the World Sunsphere 11.00 42[13] 30[13] 21
05/1984 - 11/1984 1984 World's Fair United States New Orleans The World of Rivers Convention Center 7.30 350 33.99[14] 26
03/1985 - 09/1985 1985 World's Fair Japan Tsukuba Dwellings and Surroundings - Science and Technology for Man at Home 20.3 100[15] 111
05/1986 - 10/1986 Expo '86 Canada Vancouver Transportation and Communication Science World
Skytrain
BC Place
Canada Place
22.11 311 CAD deficit 70 54
04/1988 - 10/1988 Expo '88 Australia Brisbane Leisure in the Age of Technology Sunsails, Skyneedle 18.00 625 AUD 40 36
04/1992 - 10/1992 Expo '92 Spain Seville The Era of Discovery Puente del Alamillo 41.80 215 108
05/1992 - 08/1992 Expo Colombo '92 Italy Genoa Christopher Columbus, The Ship and the Sea Aquarium of Genoa 1.7 108
08/1993 - 11/1993 Expo '93 South Korea Daejeon The Challenge of a New Road of Development Expo Science Park, Daejeon Museum of Art 14.50 25 108
05/1998 - 09/1998 Expo '98 Portugal Lisbon The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future Pavilhão Atlântico
Lisbon Oceanarium
Pavilion of Portugal
11.00 70 146
06/2000 - 10/2000 Expo 2000 Germany Hanover Humankind, Nature, Technology Hannover Principles 18.00 3.4 billion DEM[16][17] 160 155
03/2005 - 09/2005 Expo 2005 Japan Aichi Nature's Wisdom Satsuki and Mei's House
ASIMO
The Frozen Mammoth
22.04 173 121
06/2008 - 09/2008 Expo 2008 Spain Zaragoza Water and Sustainable development Bridge Pavilion
Water Tower
5.650 104
05/2010 - 10/2010 Expo 2010 China Shanghai Better City, Better Life Expo Axis
Oriental Crown (Currently China Art Museum, Shanghai)
73.08 $4.2 billion ($58 billion including infrastructure)[18] 528 192
05/2012 - 08/2012 Expo 2012 South Korea Yeosu The Living Ocean and Coast The Big-O[19]
The Sky Tower[20]
8.20 176.9 25 103
ASIMO at Expo 2005 in Japan.

Planned expositions[edit]

Date[1] Location[1] Name of Exposition Theme[2] or symbol[3]
2015 Italy Milan Expo 2015 Feeding the planet, energy for life
2017 Kazakhstan Astana Expo 2017 Energy of the Future
2020 United Arab Emirates Dubai[21] Expo 2020 Connecting Minds,Creating the Future

Proposed expositions[edit]

List by country[edit]

The statue of the Republic overlooks the Court of Honor and Grand Basin of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago
World Expo '88 Sunsails Logo
Expo 2010 in Shanghai, 2010. The largest expo in history.
Country City Name of Exposition Attending
Countries
Year
Australia Australia Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Sydney International
Melbourne International
World Expo 88

33
36
1879
1880
1988
Austria Austria (formerly Austria-Hungary Austria-Hungary) Vienna Austrian International
35
1873
Belgium Belgium Brussels



Ghent
Liège
Brussels International
Brussels International
Brussels International
Brussels World's Fair
Ghent International
Liège International
27

30
42
26
31
1897
1910
1935
1958
1913
1905
Brazil Brazil Rio de Janeiro Independence Centenary International Exposition
14
1922-23
Canada Canada Montreal
Vancouver
Expo 67
Expo 86
62
54
1967
1986
China China Shanghai Expo 2010
192
2010
France France Paris Paris International
Paris International
Paris International
Paris International
Paris International
Paris International
25
42
36
35
58
44
1855
1867
1878
1889
1900
1937
Germany Germany Hanover Expo 2000
155
2000
Haiti Haiti Port-au-Prince Exposition internationale du bicentenaire de Port-au-Prince 1949-1950
Italy Italy Genoa
Milan

Turin
Expo Colombo '92
Milan International
Expo 2015
Turin International
54
25

30
1992
1906
2015
1911
Japan Japan Aichi
Tsukuba
Okinawa
Osaka
Expo 2005
Expo '85
Expo '75
Expo '70
121
111
40
75
2005
1985
1975
1970
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Astana Expo 2017
2017
Portugal Portugal Lisbon Expo '98
146
1998
South Korea South Korea Daejeon
Yeosu
Expo '93
Expo 2012
108
103
1993
2012
Spain Spain Barcelona
 
 
Seville
Zaragoza
Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888)
Barcelona International
Seville Expo '92
Expo Zaragoza 2008
30

20
108
104
1888

1929
1992
2008
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Dubai[21] Expo 2020
2020
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom Dublin
London

Irish International Exhibition
The Great Exhibition
International
39
25
39
1907
1851
1862
United States United States Buffalo
Chicago
 
Knoxville
New Orleans
New York City
 
Philadelphia
San Antonio
San Francisco
Seattle
Spokane
St. Louis
Pan-American Exposition
World's Columbian
Century of Progress
1982 World's Fair
1984 World's fair
New York World's Fair
New York World's Fair
Centennial Exposition
HemisFair '68
Panama-Pacific
Century 21 Exposition
Expo '74
Louisiana Purchase

19
21
21
26
60
58
35
23
32
24
11[12]
63
1901[23]
1893
1933
1982
1984
1939
1964
1876
1968
1915
1962
1974
1904

References[edit]

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  10. ^ a b c "San Antonio facts". Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  11. ^ a b c "Osaka facts". Retrieved 2006-07-17. 
  12. ^ a b c "Spokane facts". Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  13. ^ a b "Knoxville facts". Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  14. ^ "New Orleans facts". Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  15. ^ "Tsukuba facts". Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  16. ^ "Nachrichten". BerlinOnline.de. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
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  19. ^ "The Big-O". 
  20. ^ "The Sky Tower". 
  21. ^ a b "The UAE has been elected As the Host Country of the World Expo 2020". Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Minnesota World's Fair / Bring the World to Minnesota". Minnesotaworldsfair.org. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  23. ^ Finding and Pelle, Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions, ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9 p415

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