1855  PARIS

The World Expo 1855 is the first French Expo (and the world second, the first being the Universal Exhibition of 1851 in London ), which was held in Paris on the Champs-Élysées of May 15 to November 15, 1855. It welcomes over 5.1 million visitors. 25 states and their colonies involved.

1855  PARIS

The First international French Exhibition (Exposition Universelle) and the world second, the first being the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.

Carré de Marigny at Champs-Elysées in Paris France

Open date: May 15th 1855

Close date: November 15th 1855

Size: A total area of 34 acres, with 24 acres under cover

Paid attendance: 5.162.000

25 states and their colonies involved

24.000 exhibitors

Cost to organisers 11.500.000 FR  (£450,000) and takes 3.200.000 FR (£125.000). Loss borne by state.

Loss: 8.3 million FR

Main building: Palais de l’Industrie.

World Exhibition in Paris would be a symbol of French prosperity. During a 12-year period, trade was growing by 300%. The exhibition was however not a major success since it was too close after the London exhibition. Few technological innovations and low attendance.