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 Exposition Universelle / Paris International  France Paris World Expo Agriculture, Industry and Arts 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 27 279 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 02/1911

11/1911

Turin International  Italy Turin World Expo Industry and Labour 7.5[4] 100[4] 30 04/1913 – 11/1913 Exposition universelle et international / Ghent International Exposition  Belgium Ghent World Expo Peace, Industry and Arts 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 interdependence among Industry and scientific research Sky Ride
Graf Zeppelin
Homes of Tomorrow 38.80[5] 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 0.08 25 02/1939 – 09/1940 Golden Gate International Exposition  United States San Francisco World Expo Pageant of the Pacific 160 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 [6] 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[7] 47[7] 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 Canadian Centennial
Montreal Metro
Habitat ’67
Montreal Biosphère 50.30[8] 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[9] 156[9] 37.64[9] 23 03/1970 – 09/1970 Expo ’70  Japan Osaka World Expo Progress and Harmony for Mankind Tower of the Sun
Moon rock
Electric Cars[10] 64.2[11] 30
Profit[10] 329.82[10] 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[12] 5.60 78.4 41[12] 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[13] 30[13] 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[14] 15 03/1985 – 09/1985 Expo ’85  Japan Tsukuba Specialised Expo Dwellings and Surroundings – Science and Technology for Man at Home HSST
Jumbotron 20.3 100[15] 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[16] 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[17][18] 160 155 03/2005 – 09/2005 Expo 2005  Japan Aichi World 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)[19] 523 246 05/2012 – 08/2012 Expo 2012  South Korea Yeosu Specialised Expo The Living Ocean and Coast The Big-O[20]
The Sky Tower[21] 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

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