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This is a list of world's fairs, a comprehensive chronological list of world's fairs (with notable permanent buildings built). For an annotated list of all world's fairs sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) see List of world expositions.

The oldest North American expo calling itself a World's Fair is the World's Fair of Tunbridge, Vermont, which is held yearly.[1] It assumed the title of "world's fair" in 1867, but is not a "world's fair" in the same expansive sense as the following entries.


  • 1791 - Prague, Bohemia ( Habsburg Monarchy) - first industrial exhibition on the occasion of the coronation of Leopold II as king of Bohemia, took place in Clementinum, considerable sophistication of manufacturing methods.[2]
  • 1798 - Paris, France - L'Exposition publique des produits de l'industrie française, Paris, 1798.[3] This was the first public industrial exposition in France although earlier in 1798 the Marquis d'Avèze had held a private exposition of handicrafts and manufactured goods at the Maison d'Orsay in the Rue de Varennes and it was this that suggested the idea of a public exposition to François de Neufchâteau, Minister of the Interior for the French Republic.[4]


  • 1801 - Paris, France - Second Exposition (1801). After the success of the exposition of 1798 a series of expositions for French manufacturing followed (1801, 1802, 1806, 1819, 1823, 1827, 1834, 1844 and 1849) until the first properly international (or universal) exposition in France in 1855.[5]
  • 1802 - Paris, France - Third Exposition (1802)[5]
  • 1806 - Paris, France - Fourth Exposition (1806)[5]























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  1. ^ Tunbridge World's Fair
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  4. ^ F. C. Danvers, 'International Exhibitions,' Quarterly Journal of Science 4:4 (October 1867) 488-499.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i 'Sketch of the French Expositions,' Hogg's Instructor New Series 6 (1851) 372-373.
  6. ^ Raimondo Riccini, 'Tracce di design. La produzione di oggetti fra tecnica e arti applicate,' in Giorgio Bigatti and Sergio Onger (eds), Arti technologi pogeto: Le exposizioni d'industria in Italia prima dell'Unità (Milan: FrancoAngeli, 2007) 257-276, 266.
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  8. ^ Giudicio della Regia Camera di Agricoltura e di commercio di Torino sui prodotti dell'Industria de'R. Stati ammessi alla Pubblica esposizione dell'anno 1838 nelle sale del Real Castello del Valentino (Turin: Chirio e Mina, 1838).
  9. ^ Quarta esposizione di Industria e Belle arti al Real Valentino. da Remi amera di Agricoltura e di commercio di Torino, e notizie sulla patria industria, compilate da Carlo Ign. Giulio, relatore centrale (Turin: Stamperia Reale, 1844).
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  11. ^ Giudizio della Regia Camera di Agricoltura e di commercio di Torino sulla quinta Esposizione di industria e di belle arti al Castello del Valentino nel 1850 et notizie sulla patria industria (Turin: 1851).
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  16. ^ Album descrittivo dei principali oggetti esposti nel Real Castello de Valentino in occasione della sesta Esposizione nazionale i prodotti d'industria nell'anno 1858 (Turin: presso Ufficio dei brevetti d'inveznione con Gabinetto di disegno industriale e litografico, 1858).
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External links

  • ExpoMuseum - The World's Fair Museum
  • ExpoBids - Proposed and Active Bids for Future World's Fairs
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