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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 at List of world's fairs.

Contents

List by date

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 Template:Flagicon London Industry of all Nations The Crystal Palace 6.00 1.65 10
05/1855 - 11/1855 Paris International Template:Flagicon Paris Agriculture, Industry and Art Palais d'Industrie
Bordeaux Wine classification
5.00 2 15
05/1862 - 11/1862 International Template:Flagicon London Industry and Arts 6.00 2 15
04/1867 - 11/1867 Paris International Template:Flagicon Paris Agriculture, Industry and Arts Champ de Mars 15.00 4.5 69
05/1873 - 10/1873 Austrian International Template:Flagicon Vienna Culture and Education Rotunde 7.25 9.5 233
05/1876 - 11/1876 Centennial Exposition Template:Flagicon Philadelphia American Independence Centennial Arboretum
Telephone
Heinz Ketchup
10.00 8 115
05/1878 -11/1878 Paris International Template:Flagicon Paris Agriculture, Arts and Industry Statue of Liberty
Telephone
Braille
16.00 11 75
09/1879 - 04/1880 Sydney International Template:Flagicon Sydney Agriculture, Arts and Industry The Garden Palace, steam trams 1.1
10/1880 - 04/1881 Melbourne International Template:Flagicon Melbourne Arts, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Industry Royal Exhibition Buildings & Carlton Gardens 1.30 1.6 25
1888 - 1888 Melbourne Centennial Template:Flagicon Melbourne Arts, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Industry Royal Exhibition Buildings & Carlton Gardens
04/1888 - 12/1888 Barcelona International Template:Flagicon Barcelona Arts and Industry Arc de Triomf
Columbus Monument
2.30 1.7 47
05/1889 - 10/1889 Paris International Template:Flagicon Paris French Revolution Eiffel Tower
Annie Oakley
32.00 0.3 96
05/1893 - 10/1893 World's Columbian Template:Flagicon Chicago Discovery of America Midway Plaisance
Fine Arts Building
Fluorescent lamp
Ferris wheel
27.50 27 290
05/1897 - 11/1897 Brussels International Exposition Template:Flagicon Brussels Automobiles 7.80 132
04/1900 - 11/1900 Paris International Template:Flagicon Paris Evaluation of a Century Motion Pictures
Escalator
Summer Olympics
50.80 18.75 120
05/1901 - 11/1901 Pan-American Exposition Template:Flagicon Buffalo Outdoor lighting
Assassination of William McKinley
X-ray machine
8.00 141
04/1904 - 12/1904 Louisiana Purchase Template:Flagicon 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 Template:Flagicon Liège Belgium Independence 7.00 2.9 70
04/1906 - 11/1906 Milan International Template:Flagicon Milan Transport Electric Tramways 10.00 2.6 100
1907 - 1907 Dublin International Template:Flagicon Dublin
04/1907 - 12/1907 Jamestown Exposition Template:Flagicon Norfolk 300th Anniversary of Jamestown's settlement Railroad exhibits
06/1909 - 10/1909 Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition Template:Flagicon Seattle Development of the Pacific Northwest 10.00 3.7 100
04/1910 - 11/1910 Brussels International Template:Flagicon Brussels Industries 13.00 3.5 90
1911 - 1911 Turin International Template:Flagicon Turin
04/1913 - 11/1913 Ghent International Template:Flagicon Ghent Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station 9.50 3.3 130
02/1915 - 12/1915 Panama–Pacific Template:Flagicon San Francisco Inauguration of the Panama Canal Palace of Fine Arts
Exploratorium
19.00 25.8 254
03/1915 - 01/1917 Panama–California International Template:Flagicon San Diego Celebrating the Opening of the Panama Canal Cabrillo Bridge
House of Charm
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego Zoo
05/1929 - 06/1930 Ibero-American Exposition Template:Flagicon Seville
05/1929 - 01/1930 Barcelona International Template:Flagicon Barcelona Arts and Industry Barcelona Pavilion
Palau Nacional
Montjuïc Stadium
25 118
05/1933 - 11/1933 Century of Progress Template:Flagicon Chicago A Century of Progress Sky Ride
Graf Zeppelin
Homes of Tomorrow
48.60 42.9 170
04/1935 - 11/1935 Brussels International Template:Flagicon Brussels Transports, Colonisation 20.00 197 BEF 152
05/1937 - 11/1937 Paris International Template:Flagicon 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 Template:Flagicon New York Building The World of Tomorrow Flushing Park
Bell Labs' Voder
Magna Carta
Sci-fi Convention
45.00 155 500
07/1958 - 09/1958 Brussels World's Fair Template:Flagicon Brussels A more human world Heysel
Atomium
41.00 2,500 BEF 200
04/1962 - 10/1962 Century 21 Exposition Template:Flagicon Seattle Man in the Space Age Seattle Center
Space Needle
Seattle Monorail
9.60 30
04/1964 - 10/1965 New York World's Fair Template:Flagicon New York Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe Unisphere
Audio-Animatronics
500
04/1967 - 10/1967 Expo '67 Template:Flagicon Montreal Man and His World Land Montreal Metro
Habitat '67
Montreal Biosphère
50.00 431 CAD
04/1968 - 10/1968 HemisFair '68 Template:Flagicon San Antonio Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas Tower of the Americas
Institute of Texan Cultures
HemisFair Arena
6.40 156 37.64
03/1970 - 09/1970 Expo '70 Template:Flagicon Osaka Progress and Harmony for Mankind Tower of the Sun
Moon rock
Electric Cars
64.00 30
Profit
329.82
05/1974 - 11/1974 Expo '74 Template:Flagicon Spokane Tomorrow's Fresh New Environment IMAX 4.80 78.4 41
05/1982 - 10/1982 1982 World's Fair Template:Flagicon Knoxville Energy Turns the World Sunsphere 11.00 42 30
05/1984 - 11/1984 1984 World's Fair Template:Flagicon New Orleans The worlds of Rivers Convention Center 7.30 350 33.99
03/1985 - 09/1985 1985 World's Fair Template:Flagicon Tsukuba Dwellings and Surroundings - Science and Technology for Man at Home 20.3 100
05/1986 - 10/1986 Expo '86 Template:Flagicon Vancouver Transportation and Communication Science World
Skytrain
BC Place
Canada Place
22.11 311 CAD 70
04/1988 - 10/1988 Expo '88 Template:Flagicon Brisbane Leisure in the Age of Technology Sunsails, Skyneedle 18.00 625 AUD 40
04/1992 - 10/1992 Expo '92 Template:Flagicon Seville The Era of Discovery Puente del Alamillo 41.80 215
05/1992 - 08/1992 Expo Colombo '92 Template:Flagicon Genoa Christopher Columbus, The Ship and the Sea Aquarium of Genoa 1.7
08/1993 - 11/1993 Expo '93 Template:Flagicon Daejeon The Challenge of a New Road of Development Daejeon Expo Park, Daejeon Museum of Art 14.50 25
05/1998 - 09/1998 Expo '98 Template:Flagicon Lisbon The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future Pavilhão Atlântico
Lisbon Oceanarium
Pavilion of Portugal
11.00 70
06/2000 - 10/2000 Expo 2000 Template:Flagicon Hanover Humankind, Nature, Technology Hannover Principles 18.00 3,400,000 DEM 160
03/2005 - 09/2005 Expo 2005 Template:Flagicon Aichi Nature's Wisdom My Neighbor Totoro
ASIMO
22.04 173
06/2008 - 09/2008 Expo 2008 Template:Flagicon Zaragoza Water and Sustainable development Bridge Pavilion
Water Tower
05/2010 - 10/2010 Expo 2010 Template:Flagicon Shanghai Better City, Better Life Expo Axis
70-100 million (expected) $4.2 billion ($58 billion including infrastructure) 528

Planned Expositions

Date Name of Exposition Theme
2012 Template:Flagicon Yeosu Expo 2012 The Living Ocean and Coast
2015 Template:Flagicon Milan Expo 2015 Feeding the planet, energy for life

Proposed Expositions

List by country

Country City Name of Exposition Attending
Countries
Year</small></center>
Template:Flagicon Australia Sydney
Melbourne
Melbourne
Brisbane
Sydney International
Melbourne International
Melbourne Centennial
World Expo 88

33

36
1879
1880
1888
1988
Template:Flagicon Austria (formerly Template:Flagicon Austria-Hungary) Vienna Austrian International
35
1873
Template:Flagicon 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
Template:Flagicon Canada Montreal
Vancouver
Expo 67
Expo 86
62
54
1967
1986
Template:Flagicon China Shanghai Expo 2010
200
2010
Template:Flagicon 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
Template:Flagicon Germany Hanover Expo 2000
155
2000
Template:Flagicon Ireland Dublin Dublin International
1907
Template:Flagicon Italy Milan
Turin
Genoa
Milan International
Turin International
Expo Colombo '92
25

54
1906
1911
1992
Template:Flagicon Japan Aichi
Tsukuba
Osaka
Expo 2005
Expo '85
Expo '70
121
111
75
2005
1985
1970
Template:Flagicon Portugal Lisbon Expo '98
146
1998
Template:Flagicon South Korea Daejeon Expo '93
108
1993
Template:Flagicon Spain Barcelona
 
Seville
Zaragoza
Barcelona International
Barcelona International
Seville Expo '92
Expo Zaragoza 2008
30
20
108
108
1888
1929
1992
2008
Template:Flagicon United Kingdom London The Great Exhibition
International
25
39
1851
1862
Template:Flagicon 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
 
35
23
32

11


62

1903
1893
1933
1982
1984
1939
1964
1876
1968
1915
1962
1974
1904

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