World Exhibition in Milan 1906

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World Exhibition in Milan 1906
Esposizione internazionale del Sempione
Exhibition poster - Simplon Tunnel with a view towards Milan

Exhibition poster - Simplon Tunnel with a view towards Milan

Exhibition space 100 ha
Number of visitors 7.5-10 million
BIE recognition Yes
countries 50 countries
Exhibitors 27,000 exhibitors
Place of issue
place Milan
terrain Simplonpark coordinates: 45 ° 28 ′ 22.4 ″  N , 9 ° 10 ′ 28 ″  EWorld icon
opening April 28, 1906
closure November 11, 1906
Chronological order
predecessor Liege 1905
successor Brussels 1910

The 1906 World Exhibition in Milan ( it: Esposizione internazionale del Sempione ) recognized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) took place between April 28 and November 11, 1906 and was held on the occasion of the opening of the Simplon Tunnel . 50 countries and 27,000 exhibitors took part in the exhibition. The exhibition is said to have attracted between 7.5 and 10 million visitors.

The exhibition area, totaling 100 hectares, consisted of a green area behind the Castello Sforzesco , today's Simplon Park and the current area of ​​the Milan Exhibition Center around 3 kilometers away . An electric elevated train connected the two exhibition areas.


The theme of the world exhibition in Milan was traffic. Three weeks after the exhibition opened, the approximately 20 km long Simplon Tunnel was put into operation on May 19, 1906. It was originally planned for 1905, but had to be postponed for a year due to delays in the construction of the tunnel.

The exhibition in Milan had a balloon park and an aviation section that featured several airships . A pavilion was dedicated to the emerging automobile and a section to the railroad .

The hygiene exhibition with a wide range of medical exhibits was also important. In the pavilion of applied arts mainly Italian artists and designers were represented.


On April 28, 1906, the Acquario Civico di Milano was opened as part of the world exhibition . The aquarium is the only remaining building from the 1906 World's Fair and is located in Simplon Park.

On August 3, a fire broke out that destroyed several buildings and pavilions, including the Applied Arts Pavilion . Over a period of 40 days, the premises were rebuilt and used by King Victor Emanuel III. newly opened.

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  • Winfried Kretschmer: History of the world exhibitions . Campus, 1999, ISBN 3-593-36273-2 .

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