Milan International (1906)

EXPO Milan 1906

Expo's poster with railwaymen watching Milan from the Simplon Tunnel's portal
BIE-class Universal exposition
Category Historical Expo
Name Esposizione Internazionale del Sempione
Building Simplon Tunnel
Area 100 Ha
Visitors 7,500,000-10,000,000
Countries 31
Country Italy
City Milan
Venue Parco Sempione
Coordinates 45°28′22.4″N 9°10′28″E / 45.472889°N 9.17444°E / 45.472889; 9.17444
Opening 28 April 1906 (1906-04-28)
Closure 11 November 1906 (1906-11-11)
Universal expositions
Previous Liège International (1905) in Liège
Next Brussels International 1910 in Brussels
Other International Exhibition (1906)

The Milan International was a world's fair held in Milan in 1906[1] titled L'Esposizione Internazionale del Sempione, or sometimes The Great Expo of Work.[2] It received 4,012,776 visits and covered 250 acres.[3]


Art Nouveau Silver Medallion by Giannino Castiglioni to the Milan International (1906). The South Portal of the Simplon Tunnel is on the obverse.

The fair opened on 28 April 1906, ran until 31 October[3] and marked the opening of the Simplon Tunnel. The fair was held in Sempione Park and Piazza d'Armi',[2] with the first location hosting fine arts displays and the latter industrial and engineering exhibits, along with the foreign pavilions.[1] Countries contributing included many from Western Europe,[4] China, Japan, Turkey, United States, Canada and several South American countries shared a pavilion.[4]


The International Commission on Occupational Health was founded at the Milan International and is still active; and the Milan aquarium was built, and is still standing.

Aquarium Brunetti built for the Milan International and designed by Sebastiano Giuseppe Locati

See also


  1. 1 2 Pelle, Findling. "Milan 1906". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.
  2. 1 2 "World Expo 1906 Milan". Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  3. 1 2 Pelle, Findling. "Appendix B:Fair Statistics". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. p. 415. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.
  4. 1 2 Pelle, Findling. "Milan 1906". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.

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