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last expo Knoxville 1982 next expo
1982 World's Fair, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
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Generally considered to be the first world's fair, the Great Exhibition of 1851 took place in the landmark Crystal Palace. The event was created by Prince Albert with Henry Cole.

Joseph Paxton designed the new structure, the Crystal Palace. It was a novel building at the time having been made of cast iron and glass. Along with exhibits, the insides also housed trees and statues along the main walkways.

The building was moved to a new park after the exposition, but destroyed by fire in 1936.

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The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations
 
The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations
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Other Useful Sites
 

The Crystal Palace Foundation

The Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace - from Victorian Station

The London World Exposition 1851 - from Expo2000.de

Crystal Palace: A History - from the BBC

The Crystal Palace - 3-D model

The Great Exhibition of 1851 - images from the Vanderbilt University

The Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, 1851 - from the University of Kansas

The Great Exhibition of 1851 - from Stanford University

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Quick Info

opening date
1 May 1851
closing date
15 October 1851
site description
Hyde Park
site size
10.5 hectares (26 acres) of which 7.6 hectares (18.8 acres) were enclosed by the Crystal Palace
participating countries
32
attendance
6,039,000
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The World's Fair Community

ExpoMuseum's sister site, WorldsFairCommunity.org, maintains a discussion group about the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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