List of world expositions

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List of world expositions is an annotated list of every world exposition sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), including those recognised retrospectively as they took place (long) before BIE came into existence.

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.

Category[edit]

World Expo BIE-International Registered exhibitions that take place every 5 years and last up to 6 months. All exhibitions in this category, which took place before 1928, were subsequently recognized by the BIE.
Specialised Expo BIE-International Recognised exhibitions that take place between 2 World Expos and last up to 3 months.

List by date[edit]

Dates Name of Exposition Country[1] City[1] Category Theme[2] Notables Visitors
in millions[3]
Cost
in millions
(USD unless specified)
Area
(ha)
Attending
countries
04/1851 – 10/1851 The Great Exhibition  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland London World Expo Industry of all Nations The Crystal Palace 6.00 1.65 10 25
05/1855 – 11/1855 Exhibition Universelle / Paris International  France Paris World Expo Agriculture, Industry and Art Palais d'Industrie
Bordeaux Wine classification
5.00 2 15 25
05/1862 – 11/1862 International Exhibition  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland London World Expo Industry and Arts 6.00 2 15 39
04/1867 – 11/1867 Exposition Universelle / Paris International  France Paris World Expo Agriculture, Industry and Arts Champ de Mars 15.00 4.5 69 42
05/1873 – 10/1873 Weltausstellung 1873 Wien / Austrian International Exposition  Austria-Hungary Vienna World Expo Culture and Education Rotunde 7.25 9.5 233 35
05/1876 – 11/1876 Centennial Exposition  United States Philadelphia World Expo Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine Centennial Arboretum
Telephone
Heinz Ketchup
10.00 8 115 35
05/1878 – 11/1878 Exposition Universelle / Paris International Exposition  France Paris World Expo New Technologies Statue of Liberty
Telephone
Braille
16.00 11 75 36
10/1880 – 04/1881 Melbourne International Exhibition  Victoria Melbourne World Expo Arts, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Industrial Products of all Nations Royal Exhibition Buildings & Carlton Gardens 1.30 1.6 25 33
04/1888 – 12/1888 Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888)  Spain Barcelona World Expo Fine and Industrial Arts Arc de Triomf
Columbus Monument
2.30 1.7 47 30
05/1889 – 10/1889 Exposition Universelle / Paris International Exposition  France Paris World Expo French Revolution Eiffel Tower
Annie Oakley
32.00 0.3 96 35
05/1893 – 10/1893 World's Columbian Exposition  United States Chicago World Expo 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 World Expo Modern Life 7.80 132 27
04/1900 – 11/1900 Paris International  France Paris World Expo 19th Century: an overview Motion Pictures
Escalator
Summer Olympics
50.80 18.75 120 58
04/1904 – 12/1904 Louisiana Purchase  United States St. Louis World Expo Louisiana Purchase Forest Park
Palace of Fine Art
Vulcan statue
In conjunction with Summer Olympics
19.69 31.5 515 63
04/1905 – 11/1905 Liège International (1905)  Belgium Liège World Expo Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of independence 7.00 2.9 70 31
04/1906 – 11/1906 Milan International  Italy Milan World Expo Transport Electric Tramways 10.00 2.6 100 25
04/1910 – 11/1910 Brussels International Exhibition  Belgium Brussels World Expo Works of Art and Science, Agricultural and Industrial Products of All Nations 13.00 3.5 90 26
04/1913 – 11/1913 Exposition universelle et international / Ghent International Exposition  Belgium Ghent World Expo Peace, Industry and Art Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station 9.50 3.3 130 24
02/1915 – 12/1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition  United States San Francisco World Expo Inauguration of the Panama Canal Tower of Jewels
Palace of Fine Arts
19.00 25.8 254 32
05/1929 – 01/1930 Barcelona International Exposition  Spain Barcelona World Expo Arts, Industry and Sport Barcelona Pavilion
Palau Nacional
Montjuïc Stadium
5.8 25 118 29
05/1933 – 10/1934 Century of Progress  United States Chicago World Expo The independence among Industry and scientific research Sky Ride
Graf Zeppelin
Homes of Tomorrow
48.60 42.9 170 19
04/1935 – 11/1935 Brussels International Exposition  Belgium Brussels World Expo Transports 20.00 197 BEF 152 30
05/1936 – 06/1936 ILIS 1936  Sweden Stockholm Specialised Expo Aviation Stockholm Bromma Airport 0.5 8
05/1937 – 11/1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne / Paris International Exposition  France Paris World Expo Arts and Technology in modern life Arc de Triomphe 31.00 1,400 FRF 105 44
05/1938 – 05/1938 Second International Aeronautic Exhibition  Finland Helsinki Specialised Expo Aerospace Malmi Airterminal 800 sq.m 25
04/1939 – 10/1940 New York World's Fair  United States New York City World Expo Building The World of Tomorrow Flushing Park
Bell Labs' Voder
Magna Carta

1st World Science Fiction Convention

45.00[4] 155[5] 500 54
05/1939 – 09/1939 Exposition internationale de l'eau (1939)  Belgium Liège Specialised Expo Art of Water Albert Canal 50 8
07/1947 – 08/1947 International Exhibition on Urbanism and Housing  France Paris Specialised Expo Urbanism and Housing Immeubles d’Etat 6.35 14
07/1949 – 08/1949 Universal Sport Exhibition (1949)  Sweden Stockholm Specialised Expo Sport and physical culture Pehr Henrik Ling 37
09/1949 – 10/1949 The International Exhibition of Rural Habitat in Lyon  France Lyon Specialised Expo Rural Habitat Foire de Lyon 110
12/1949 – 06/1950 Exposition internationale du bicentenaire de Port-au-Prince  Haiti Port-au-Prince World Expo The festival of Peace Gulf of Gonâve 24 15
04/1951 – 05/1951 The International Textile Exhibition  France Lille Specialised Expo Textile Textile 1.5 15 22
07/1953 – 10/1953 EA 53  Italy Rome Specialised Expo Agriculture Esposizione Universale Roma
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana
1.7 12
09/1953 – 10/1953 Conquest of the Desert (exhibition)  Israel Jerusalem Specialised Expo Conquest of the Desert 4.6 13
05/1954 – 10/1954 The International Exhibition of Navigation (1954)  Italy Naples Specialised Expo Navigation 100 25
05/1955 – 06/1955 The International Expo of Sport (1955)  Italy Turin Specialised Expo Sport 11
06/1955 – 08/1955 Helsingborg exhibition 1955  Sweden Helsingborg Specialised Expo Modern Man in the Environment 10
05/1956 – 06/1956 Exhibition of citriculture  Israel Beit Dagan Specialised Expo Citrus 55
07/1957 – 09/1957 Interbau  Germany Berlin Specialised Expo Reconstruction of Hansa District Hansaviertel 1.00 53 13
07/1958 – 09/1958 Brussels World's Fair  Belgium Brussels World Expo A World View: A New Humanism Heysel
Atomium
41.00 2,500 BEF 200 42
05/1961 – 10/1961 Expo 61  Italy Turin Specialised Expo Celebration of centennial of Italian unity Palazzo del Lavoro 5.00 50 19
04/1962 – 10/1962 Century 21 Exposition  United States Seattle World Expo Man in the Space Age Seattle Center
Space Needle
Seattle Monorail
9.60[6] 47[6] 30 24
06/1965 – 10/1965 IVA 65  Germany Munich Specialised Expo Transport E03 3.20 50.20 36
04/1967 – 10/1967 Expo '67  Canada Montreal World Expo 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 Specialised Expo Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas Tower of the Americas
Institute of Texan Cultures
HemisFair Arena
6.40[7] 156[7] 37.64[7] 23
03/1970 – 09/1970 Expo '70  Japan Osaka World Expo Progress and Harmony for Mankind Tower of the Sun
Moon rock
Electric Cars[8]
64.2 30
Profit[8]
329.82[8] 75
08/1971 – 09/1971 Expo 71  Hungary Budapest Specialised Expo The Hunt through the World International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) 1.90 35.0 52
05/1974 – 11/1974 Expo '74  United States Spokane Specialised Expo Celebrating Tomorrow's Fresh New Environment IMAX[9] 5.60 78.4 41[9] 10
07/1975 – 01/1976 Expo '75  Japan Okinawa Specialised Expo The Sea We would like to See Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium 3.48 100.0 35
06/1981 – 07/1981 Expo 81  Bulgaria Plovdiv Specialised Expo Hunting International Fair Plovdiv
05/1982 – 10/1982 1982 World's Fair  United States Knoxville Specialised Expo Energy Turns the World Sunsphere 11.00 42[10] 30[10] 16
05/1984 – 11/1984 1984 World's Fair  United States New Orleans Specialised Expo The World of Rivers– Fresh Water as a source of life Convention Center 7.35 350 33.99[11] 15
03/1985 – 09/1985 1985 World's Fair  Japan Tsukuba Specialised Expo Dwellings and Surroundings – Science and Technology for Man at Home 20.3 100[12] 48
11/1985 – 11/1985 Expo 85  Bulgaria Plovdiv Specialised Expo Inventions International Fair Plovdiv 1.00 5.80 73
05/1986 – 10/1986 Expo '86  Canada Vancouver Specialised Expo Transportation and Communication: World in Motion - World in Touch Science World
Skytrain
BC Place
Canada Place
22.11 311 CAD deficit 70 55
04/1988 – 10/1988 Expo '88  Australia Brisbane Specialised Expo Leisure in the Age of Technology Sunsails, Skyneedle 18.50 625 AUD 40 36
06/1991 – 07/1991 Expo 91  Bulgaria Plovdiv Specialised Expo The activity of young people in the service of a World of Peace World Intellectual Property Organization 8
04/1992 – 10/1992 Expo '92  Spain Seville World Expo The Era of Discovery Puente del Alamillo 41.80 215 108
05/1992 – 08/1992 Expo Colombo '92  Italy Genoa Specialised Expo Christopher Columbus, The Ship and the Sea Aquarium of Genoa 1.7 6 54
08/1993 – 11/1993 Expo '93  South Korea Daejeon Specialised Expo The Challenge of a New Road of Development Expo Science Park, Daejeon Museum of Art 14.50 90.10 141
05/1998 – 09/1998 Expo '98  Portugal Lisbon Specialised Expo The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future Pavilhão Atlântico
Lisbon Oceanarium
Pavilion of Portugal
10.10 50 143
06/2000 – 10/2000 Expo 2000  Germany Hanover World Expo Man, Nature, Technology Hannover Principles 18.10 3,400 DEM[13][14] 160 155
03/2005 – 09/2005 Expo 2005  Japan Aichi Specialised Expo Nature's Wisdom Satsuki and Mei's House
ASIMO
The Frozen Mammoth
22.04 173 121
06/2008 – 09/2008 Expo 2008  Spain Zaragoza Specialised Expo Water and Sustainable development Bridge Pavilion
Water Tower
5.650 25 108
05/2010 – 10/2010 Expo 2010  China Shanghai World Expo Better City, Better Life Expo Axis
Oriental Crown (Currently China Art Museum, Shanghai)
73.08 4,200 (5,800 including infrastructure)[15] 523 246
05/2012 – 08/2012 Expo 2012  South Korea Yeosu Specialised Expo The Living Ocean and Coast The Big-O[16]
The Sky Tower[17]
8.20 176.9 25 103
05/2015 – 10/2015 Expo 2015  Italy Milan World Expo Feeding the planet, Energy for life The Tree of Life 21.5 110 145
06/2017 – 09/2017 Expo 2017  Kazakhstan Astana Specialised Expo Future Energy The Nur Alem Sphere 4.1 25 115
ASIMO at Expo 2005 in Japan.

Planned expositions[edit]

Date[1] Country [1] City [1] Category [1] Name of Exposition Theme[2] or symbol
2020  United Arab Emirates Dubai[18] World Expo 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 Melbourne
Brisbane
Melbourne International
World Expo 88
33
36
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
26
30
42
26
31
1897
1910
1935
1958
1913
1905
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
15
1949-1950
Italy Italy Genoa
Milan

Expo Colombo '92
Milan International
Expo 2015
54
25
145
1992
1906
2015
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
115
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[18] Expo 2020
2020
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom London

The Great Exhibition
International
25
39
1851
1862
United States United States Chicago
 
Knoxville
New Orleans
New York City
Philadelphia
San Antonio
San Francisco
Seattle
Spokane
St. Louis
World's Columbian
Century of Progress
1982 World's Fair
1984 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
35
23
32
24
11[25]
63
1893
1933
1982
1984
1939
1876
1968
1915
1962
1974
1904

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