Jo Mora’s Iconic Maps at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla

For lovers of geography and history, a hidden jewel in our community is the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla. Located on Fay, it holds a collection of antique collectable maps and atlases. The main goal of the museum is to educate and the docents are passionate about the history surrounding the collections.

The current exhibit is “The Cartes of Jacinto ‘Jo’ Mora.” Jo Mora (1876-1947) was Uruguayan-born and led an extremely interesting life. He grew up in America and led his life as a cartoonist, artist and cowboy. He lived with the Hopi, a Native American tribe, and wrote mainly about his life in California. He was known as the “Renaissance Man of the West” because he also dabbled in sculpting, painting, history, photography, murals and writing.419 low rez

His exhibit will be showcased until December 1, 2013. The exhibit has 13 cartes, the French word for his pictorgraphic maps, and a poster. Five of these maps are permanently on show in the museum. Some of the maps are extremely rare and for those that are familiar with his work, the exhibit includes the “butcher paper” version of the Los Angeles map and the 1st edition, 1st printing of the “Evolution of the Cowboy.”

The exhibit also shows two sculptures on loan from the Jo Mora Trust including the famous western-themed “Twister.”Jo_Mora_-_Scratching_A_Twister

The museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 11 AM to 4 PM. If you have a party of 6 or more, make an appointment by calling (855) 653-6277. The best part about visiting the museum is admission is completely free!

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Maddie Erdossy
Maddie Erdossy is a junior English major at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interning at the Blue Book for a second summer as a social media contributor and blogger. As a graduate of The Bishop’s School and resident of Rancho Santa Fe, she is knowledgeable about both La Jolla and all things in North County. Her blog posts focus on food, entertainment and lifestyle around San Diego.

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