Mercator Museum

The work of Gerard De Cremer, aka Gerard Mercator, is highlighted at the Mercator Museum. A leading scholar, Mercator moved the beacons of cartography during the Renaissance. For example, he introduced the term "atlas" for "a coherent collection of maps" and the "Mercator projection. This allowed mariners to plot a fixed course for the first time in 1569.

The rare terrestrial globe (1541) and celestial globe (1551), included in the Flemish list of masterpieces, are the eye-catchers of the museum. But it doesn't stop there. There is a rich collection of atlases by Mercator and contemporaries Hondius and Ortelius. All shine in the display cases. Through computer animations, video reports and interactive touch screens, the importance of Mercator's maps, atlases and globes is made clear in a contemporary context. The historical narrative is complete with a careful selection of maps from the 17th to the early 19th century.

In the modern cartography section, through wall maps, working and measuring instruments and digital applications, you will learn all about the history of mapmaking from 1830 to 2014. You will learn all about how the source material of a map evolved from aerial photographs to satellite photographs. And you'll discover how map applications shed light on current issues of spatial planning, ecology, navigation and mobility.

In the exhibition space, historical exhibitions alternate with temporary projects on contemporary map applications. Lectures, workshops and theme lessons continue in the educational space, appropriately decorated with antique school maps and aerial photographs.

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