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List of World Expos

Dates Name of Exposition Location Theme or symbol Notables Visitors
in millions
Cost
(USD)
in millions
Area
(ha)
04/1851 - 10/1851 The Great Exhibition London Industry of all Nations The Crystal Palace 6.00 1.65 10
05/1855 - 11/1855 Paris International Paris Agriculture, Industry and Art Palais d'Industrie
Bordeaux Wine classification
5.00 2 15
05/1862 - 11/1862 International London Industry and Arts   6.00 2 15
04/1867 - 11/1867 Paris International Paris Agriculture, Industry and Arts Champ de Mars 15.00 4.5 69
05/1873 - 10/1873 Austrian International Vienna Culture and Education Rotunde 7.25 9.5 233
05/1876 - 11/1876 Centennial Exposition Philadelphia American Independence Centennial Arboretum
Telephone
Heinz Ketchup
10.00 8 115
05/1878 -11/1878 Paris International Paris Agriculture, Arts and Industry Statue of Liberty
Telephone
Braille
16.00 11 75
09/1879 - 04/1880 Sydney International Sydney Agriculture, Arts and Industry The Garden Palace, steam trams 1.1    
10/1880 - 04/1881 Melbourne International Melbourne Arts, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Industry Royal Exhibition Buildings & Carlton Gardens 1.30 1.6 25
1888 - 1888 Melbourne Centennial Melbourne Arts, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Industry Royal Exhibition Buildings & Carlton Gardens      
04/1888 - 12/1888 Barcelona International Barcelona Arts and Industry Arc de Triomf
Columbus Monument
2.30 1.7 47
05/1889 - 10/1889 Paris International Paris French Revolution Eiffel Tower
Annie Oakley
32.00 0.3 96
05/1893 - 10/1893 World's Columbian Chicago Discovery of America Midway Plaisance
Fine Arts Building
Fluorescent lamp
Ferris wheel
27.50 27 290
05/1897 - 11/1897 Brussels International Brussels Automobiles   7.80   132
04/1900 - 11/1900 Paris International Paris Evaluation of a Century Motion Pictures
Escalator
Summer Olympics
50.80 18.75 120
05/1901 - 11/1901 Pan-American Exposition Buffalo   Outdoor lighting
Assassination of William McKinley
X-ray machine
8.00   141
04/1904 - 12/1904 Louisiana Purchase St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Forest Park
Palace of Fine Art
Vulcan statue
Summer Olympics
19.50 31.5 500
04/1905 - 11/1905 Liège International Liège Belgium Independence   7.00 2.9 70
04/1906 - 11/1906 Milan International Milan Transport Electric Tramways 10.00 2.6 100
1907 - 1907 Dublin International Dublin          
04/1907 - 12/1907 Jamestown Exposition Hampton Roads          
06/1909 - 10/1909 Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition Seattle Development of the Pacific Northwest   10.00 3.7 100
04/1910 - 11/1910 Brussels International Brussels Industries   13.00 3.5 90
1911 - 1911 Turin International Turin          
04/1913 - 11/1913 Ghent International Ghent     9.50 3.3 130
02/1915 - 12/1915 Panama–Pacific San Francisco Inauguration of the Panama Canal Palace of Fine Arts
Exploratorium
19.00 25.8 254
03/1915 - 01/1917 Panama–California San Diego          
05/1929 - 06/1930 Ibero-American Exposition Seville          
05/1929 - 01/1930 Barcelona International Barcelona Arts and Industry Barcelona Pavilion
Palau Nacional
Montjuïc Stadium
  25 118
05/1933 - 11/1933 Century of Progress Chicago A Century of Progress Sky Ride
Graf Zeppelin
Homes of Tomorrow
48.60 42.9 170
04/1935 - 11/1935 Brussels International Brussels Transports, Colonisation   20.00 197 BEF 152
05/1937 - 11/1937 Paris International Paris Arts and Technology in modern life Arc de Triomphe 31.00 1,400 FRF 105
04/1939 - 10/1940 New York World's Fair New York Building The World of Tomorrow Flushing Park
Bell Labs' Voder
Magna Carta
Sci-fi Convention
45.00[5] 155[6] 500
12/1949 - 06/1950 Port-au-Prince International Port-au-Prince Foundation of Port-au-Prince       30
07/1958 - 09/1958 Brussels World's Fair Brussels A more human world Heysel
Atomium
41.00 2,500 BEF 200
04/1962 - 10/1962 Century 21 Exposition Seattle Man in the Space Age Seattle Center
Space Needle
Seattle Monorail
9.60[7] 47[7] 30
04/1964 - 10/1965 New York World's Fair New York Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe Unisphere
Audio-Animatronics
     
04/1967 - 10/1967 Expo '67 Montreal Man and His World Land Montreal Metro
Habitat '67
Montreal Biosphère
50.00 431 CAD  
04/1968 - 10/1968 HemisFair '68 San Antonio Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas Tower of the Americas
Institute of Texan Cultures
HemisFair Arena
6.40[8] 156[8] 93
acres[8]
03/1970 - 09/1970 Expo '70 Osaka Progress and Harmony for Mankind Tower of the Sun
Moon rock
Electric Cars[9]
64.00 30
Profit[9]
815
acres[9]
05/1974 - 11/1974 Expo '74 Spokane Tomorrow's Fresh New Environment IMAX[10] 4.80 78.4 41[10]
05/1982 - 10/1982 1982 World's Fair Knoxville Energy Turns the World Sunsphere 11.00 42[11] 30[11]
05/1984 - 11/1984 1984 World's Fair New Orleans The worlds of Rivers Convention Center 7.30 350 84
acres[12]
03/1985 - 09/1985 1985 World's Fair Tsukuba Dwellings and Surroundings - Science and Technology for Man at Home   20.3  
acres[13]
05/1986 - 10/1986 Expo '86 Vancouver Transportation and Communication Science World
Skytrain
BC Place
Canada Place
22.11 311 CAD 70
04/1988 - 10/1988 Expo '88 Brisbane Leisure in the Age of Technology Sunsails, Skyneedle 18.00 625 AUD 40
04/1992 - 10/1992 Expo '92 Seville The Era of Discovery   41.80   215
08/1993 - 11/1993 Expo '93 Daejeon The Challenge of a New Road of Development Daejeon Expo Park, Daejeon Museum of Art     25
05/1998 - 09/1998 Expo '98 Lisbon The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future Pavilhão Atlântico
Lisbon Oceanarium
Pavilion of Portugal
11.00   70
06/2000 - 10/2000 Expo 2000 Hanover Humankind, Nature, Technology Hannover Principles 18.00 3,400.00 DEM[14][15] 160
03/2005 - 09/2005 Expo 2005 Aichi Nature's Wisdom My Neighbor Totoro
ASIMO
22.04   173
06/2008 - 09/2008 Expo 2008 Zaragoza Water and Sustainable development Bridge Pavilion
Water Tower
     
05/2010 - 10/2010 Expo 2010 Shanghai Better City, Better Life Expo Axis 73.08 $4.2 billion ($58 billion including infrastructure) 528
05/2012 -08/2012 Expo 2012 Yeosu The Living Ocean and Coast  The Big-O
The Sky Tower
 8.20  176.9  25
2015 Expo 2015 Milan Feeding the planet, energy for life        

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