The Exposition Universelle 1900, commonly known as the Paris Exposition, was held in Paris from April 15 to November 12, 1900 to commemorate the progress and development of the past century. With more than 50 million visitors, it is regarded as one of the most successful international exhibitions.

The Brooklyn Museum uploaded a set of photographs on this exhibition to Flickr Commons in 2008. These images are from the collections of William Henry Goodyear, who was a respected and published art historian and the first Curator of Arts (1899-1923) at the Brooklyn Museum.

For a unique experience, visit the George Peabody Library to browse our rare books on this exposition. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online (1841-1902) is another excellent resource for articles on the topic; a search for Paris Exposition of 1900 displays several articles and many illustrations on the exposition. You may also wish to consult the resources listed on the French history page of the History subject guide. Or to relive the excitment yourself, check out YouTube for rare footage of the fair and a 3D reconstruction.

3 thoughts on “Paris Exposition of 1900

  1. i have a large book, in english, that appears to have been an original printing for the fair.
    the hardcover is a black cloth with large fancy gold lettering saying “paris exposition.”
    the text and photographs comprising about one hundred pages are still glued together, but they have become detached from the front and back covers which are still well joined at the spine. the pages of text and photos are printed on heavy gloss white paper. can you tell me anything more about this apparently historical book.

    Dear Laurence,

    Assuming you’re talking about a souvenir book from the Exposition and not a personal album, you may want to begin your research on WorldCat if you can find a date or publisher somewhere within the volume. You can also visit the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America webpage at for questions concerning book values and other information. Depending on what you find out, you may want to track down rare books specialists in your home state and arrange a consultation with a rare books dealer. Good luck!

  2. You are welcome, Sue. I am glad that you enjoyed the post. I also love fairs and expositions!

  3. What a marvelous post! I love fairs and expositions and was thrilled to read and see things I didn’t know about this one. Thanks!

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