Permanent Nativity Displays Around the World

– This guide was compiled by Judy Davis and is in its fourth edition.

About this Guide

With the third edition of this guide we included a ranking system for some of the Nativity displays listed. We continue it here in this edition. Since in many instances we have depended on websites for information, a personal visit or other contact could result in change of address, contact information or ranking. We depend on our readers to assist us in updating this information. Please let us know if you visit any of the places or have additional information about any of the places outlined in this guide. Share with us an account of your experiences and/or observations by emailing us at mlimri@udayton.edu.

**** Must See. Nativity Museum – Large collection within a museum, church or other public place – Single Nativity definitely worth a visit

*** Should See. Sizeable collection within a museum, church, or other public place.

** Worth A Visit if in Area. Some Nativities interspersed among other displays in a museum, church, or other public place.

* Interesting. Nativity item that may prove interesting to visit if already in the area.

To Explore. Exact status to be determined. Let us know if you visit. Be sure to check before visiting any of these displays. Hours, viewing times, exhibits, and even locations, often change.


AUSTRIA

Christkindl

*** The Mechanical Manger - 300 movable linden wood figures pass
through rich biblical scenery to the music of a Bohemian cylinder
organ. Created by Karl Klauda (1855-1939). Guided tours. Open: late
November-January 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Varying hours Christmas week. Groups up to 15 all
year by appt. (phone: +43 (0) 676 7252 50935
website: www.pfarre-christkindl.at)

*** Pottmesser Manger, one of the largest mangers in the world – 778
figures on a surface of 58m2. Figures created by Ferdinand Pottmesser,
starting in 1955. 

Dornbirn

(In the Bregenzerwald / Bregenz Forest at the entrance to the
Rappenlochsschlucht/Canyon) Krippenmuseum. Collection of
local Nativities and others from around the world. Open: May 1-January 6,
Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Groups can visit year round with reservation by phone:
+43 (0) 5572 25843 - email info@krippen-museum.dornbirn.at
www.krippenmuseum-dornbirn.at )

Eisenerz

** (a small mining town about 80 km south of Steyr) Krippenhaus
Eisenerz (Eisenerz Crib House) Bergmanns-platz. Run by local Friends
of the Creche Association. About 80 locally produced cribs of all sizes.
Open December 1-January 6, Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-5 p.m.; year round by appt. Booking is
required. Admission charged. Contact Herbert Krump, Hieflauerstrasse
44, 8790 Eisenerz. (phone: +43 (0) 3848-3615 / 3170)

Fulpmes im Stubaital

Tiroler Krippenmuseum Fulpmes. Kirchplatz at Bahnstrasse 11. Some
70 Nativities of different types and styles. Opened in 2008.
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-6 p.m.; closed Monday-Tuesday (phone: +43 (0) 5225 62 908;
www.stubaier.krippenmuseum.at - click flag on left for English)

Innsbruck

*** Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (Museum of Tyrolean Popular Arts)
Universitätsstrasse 2. Many Nativities among its extensive collections.
Extended display at Christmas. Open Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed special
holidays. (email:volkskunstmuseum@tirol.gr.at)

Maria Taferl

(west of Melk). Krippenmuseum (Crib Museum). Maria Taferl #17.
More than 300 figures in the mechanical crib of sound and light tell the
history of this place of pilgrimage Open January-December, daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (phone:
+43 (0) 7413 2780 -email: info@wstechnic.at. - during the winter by
advance reservation with Herr Rudolf Brandtner at +43 (0) 676-
7309513)

Mariazell

(150 km sw of Vienna, road to Kratz). Mechanical crib with 130
moving figures in 12 New Testament scenes – built by Mr. Bruno
Habertheuer and available for viewing year-round in his home at
Kalvarienberg 1. To visit, go to the Main Square and ask for directions
to the home of the Krippen family, Familie Habertheuer. (Phone: +43
(0) 3882 2108)

Saalfelden

*** Pinzgauer Heimatmuseum Schloss Ritzen (Ritzen Castle, Pinzgau
Heritage Museum). (south, slightly west of Salzburg). Large
collection of cribs. Open: January, February, May, October, December, Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; June-
September, Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed March, April, November)

Steyr

*** Stadt Museum Steyr (Steyr Municipal Museum). Grünmarkt 26. On
display are the Bethlehem Nativity, received from that city in 2001, and
the Count Josef Lamberg Crib Figures, more than 200 stick-puppet
figures on display on a huge Nativity hill. A stick-puppet show is
presented during the holiday season – by reservation. Open: April-October,
Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; November 20-March, Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; December daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (phone/fax::
+43 (0) 7252 575348 – email: gegenhuber@steyr.gv.at - website:
www.steyr.at)

Vienna

** Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde (Austrian Folklore Museum)
- Laudongasse 15-19. On display are some Austrian Nativities, among
other exhibits. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; Closed Monday, holidays. (phone: +43
(0)1-40689050 - fax: +43 (0)1-4085342
http://www.volkskundemuseum.at )

Wenns

(in the Pitztal Valley) Krippenmuseum in an old house called
Stamserhaus. Stamserhaus. Open: July-October, Wednesday 4-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 1-6 p.m.; Sunday
9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., 2-5 p.m. Groups year round by emailing Peter Riml at peterriml@
aon.at
Zirl Heimat-und Krippenmuseum der Marktgemeinde Zirl. Dorfplatz 2.
Collection of cribs from Zirl area. Open: July 1-November 30, Sunday, 2-5p.m.; January
6-February 2, Saturday-Sunday 2-5 p.m.


BELGIUM

Büllingen

**** (east of Malmedy, Belgium – southeast of Monschau) “Krippana”, on
the Belgian-German border in old customs building. Hergersberg 4.
Museum contains over 200 Nativities from around the world + other
related exhibits.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Monday (www.krippana.de)


BRAZIL

São Paulo Museu de Arte Sacra, Avenida Tiradentes 676, Ponte Pequena.
18th Century Neapolitan presepio with 1620 pieces. Newly installed
2002. Also Brazilian and other Nativities on display. Open Tuesday-Friday,
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6p.m. (phone/fax: +55-11-3326 or 3336)


CANADA

Montreal

**** Musée de L’Oratoire du Mont-Royal, St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount-
Royal, 3800 Queen Mary Road. Collection of more than 1200
Nativities from over 100+ countries. More than 200 on display year
round. Open daily 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (514-733-8211, museo@osj.qc.ca,
http://www.saint-joseph.org)

Rivière Eternité

**** Village in the Saguenay Region of Quebec, near Chicoutimi, with a lifesized
hand-carved crèche at the entrance to the village and some 20 lifesize
crèches in the village park, all hand-carved by Quebec artists.
There is a large collection of Nativities from around the world at the
local church, most of which are on display year-round. During the
Christmas holidays almost every home has a locally-carved crèche in
front. Advance appointment necessary to enter the church in the offseason.
Also, be fore-warned, very little, if any, English is spoken in
this area.

Saint-Jean-Port-Joli

*** (about 103 km ne Quebec City) In the local church, which dates from
1779. Exhibition of about 20 locally-made crèches. One is a large
crèche made by 21 different local wood-carvers. It includes a pregnant
Mary. Open June-October. Masterpiece also on display December-January. (phone:
418-598-3023)


CZECH REPUBLIC

Česká Třebová

Městské muzeum (Municipal Museum) Klácelova 11, or the
Depository at Semanínská ulice 2055. Town is center of large painted
cribs done in paste board. Several large cribs, including one movable,
are on display in the Depository, which is apart from the Museum
building. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Monday. It is best to call in advance:
+420-465-322-634. (http://mmct.cz. Website in Czech, but clicking on
boxes at left brings up some English, good photos.

Jilemnice

** Krkonošské muzeum v Jilemnice (Giants Mountains Regional Museum)
Zamek 75. Large mechanical crib of 142 figures, which took Jáchym
Metelka 30 years to build (1883-1913). Figures move to music, both
driven by a mechanical clock – no electricity involved. Also on view:
large crib & two smaller. Visit by conducted tour only. Open September-June,
Tuesday-Sunday 8 a.m.-12p.m., 1-4 p.m.; July-August ‘til 5; closed Monday

Jindřichův Hradec

*** (40 mi. ne of Ceske Budejovice) Muzeum Jindřichohradecka..
Balbinovo Námĕsti. (Balbin Square). Vast mechanized Nativity scene
with 1398 figures; over 100 move. Made by Tomáš Krýza (1838-1918).
Media-type presentation available in English. Visit by conducted tour
only. Open daily June-September 8:30 a.m.-12p.m., 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Karlstejn

*** (30 km west of Prague). Muzeum betlémů Karlstejn (Nativity
Museum), in old 14th Century building below Karlstejn Castle.
Extensive collection, including largest puppet Nativity in Czech
Republic – Karlstejn Royal Nativity Scene, with movable figures of
prominent people in Czech history. (for hours see website at
www.hradkarlstejn.cz; click on British flag, then guided tours)

Kryštofovo Údoli

* (Christopher’s Valley) About 30 km outside Liberec. A small village
with beautiful folk architecture. Private display of more than 25 cribs
on 2nd floor of inn, “U Kryštofa”. 3 very large cribs, one movable,
oldest from 1846. Open: Saturday, Sunday 1-4p.m.

Kuks

The Kuks Foret is the site of an important complex of Baroque
Sculptures carved by Matthias Bernard Brown. One of the most
important (carved between 1717-1732) is a grouping of in-situ rock
carvings of a Nativity scene. Over the years the works have greatly
eroded, so artist Leos Prysinger has created two reproductions – one
painted, one plain – and these are on display in the Museum at the site.

Nova Paka

* Podkrkonosské muzeum. Suchardova ulice 68. In this regional
museum are exhibited one large wooden crib and some folk figures
from other cribs. Special exhibit at Christmas.
Open: March 1 to November 30, Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4:30p.m.

Olesnice v Orlických horách

* (in the Eagle Mountains northwest of Hradec Kralove) In the Town Hall is a hand-carved is a crèche (1930-1944) never completed due to the accidental death of
the carver, Joseph Utz. While cutting wood with a circular saw he was
hit in the head by a piece of wood and died. It is said that the crib has
one of the most complex mechanical movements ever seen in such a
crèche. Open: Saturday 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1-3p.m. Other tby Open by appt
(phone: +420 (0) 494-660-226)

Paseky nad Jizerou

Krkonošské Muzeum v Paseka nad Jizerou. (Giant Mountains Regional
Museum) Mechanical crib and paper crib. Open: December-October, Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-
12 p.m., 2-4p.m.

Prague

** Narodni muzeum (National Museum) Ethnography Museum, branch at
Kinskeho letohradek (Smichov). One large crib from Pribram, old
silver mining region, and other fine parts of cribs.
Open: October-April 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; May-September 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays.
(www.nm.cz English. Click MUSAION-Ethnographic Exhibit)

Sušice

** (western part of Bohemia in Sumava Mountains, near border with
Germany) Muzeum Šumavy. námĕstí Svobody 40. Mechanical
crib built by two carvers in 2003, with the old architecture of the town
of Susice as a background. Open: January-March, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m.,
closed Sunday, Monday; May-October, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; closed Mondays
Muzeum Vysociny. nnNamesti Z

Třešt

** Muzeum Vysočiny. (Highlands Museum). námĕstí T G Masaryka 3.
Exhibits provide comprehensive view of Třešt crèche-making tradition,
almost 200 years old. Open: June-August, November-January, Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m.
(www.trest.cz)

Usti nad Orlici

** Mestske Muzeum. (Town Museum). In Hernychova vila (Hernych’s
Villa). 17 Listopadu #72 (17th of November #72). One room contains
some 15 carved and painted Nativities. Open: Thursday –Friday 9-11:30 a.m. and
12:30-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 1:30-5 p.m.; closed Mondays and last Saturday if each
month.

Vrchlabí

** Krkonošské Muzeum v Vrchlabí (Giants Mountains Regional Museum
in Vrchlabí) Husova třída 213. Several wood and
terracotta boxed cribs, some from the 19th Century. Open: Tueday-Sunday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.,
1-4 p.m., July & August 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and the month of September.

Vysoké nad Jizerou

** Vlastivĕdné muzeum (Regional Folk Museum) Dr. K. Farského 130.
Large mechanical crib, 1895, (4m long) by Václav Metelka, two smaller
ones, plus some figures. Open: January-December, Tuesday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m. Closed
Monday.


ECUADOR

Cuenca

** Museo de Las Conceptas. Hermano Miguel 6-33 at Juan Jaramillo.
Collection of Ecuadorian Nativities which reflects the locally rich
culture of Cuenca and the Andean region. Large Nativity set up at
Christmas. On Christmas Eve an 8-hour Living Nativity pageant takes
place in the Cuenca town square. Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
(telefax: 593-7-830625)


FRANCE

Agde Le Monde des Santons (World of Santons). Ave. de Vias, 2, Quai
Reveille. Open: July-August, daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; September-June, daily, 2-6:30 p.m.

Aix-en-Provence

** Museum at Santons Fouque. 65, cours Gambetta, route de Nice.
Workshops, Museum, Shop. Open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m., except Christmas Day.
www.santons-fouque.com)

Museon Arlaten, 29 rue de la République. Large range of Nativities
from 18th-20th centuries. Museum closed for renovation, 2009-2014.

Arles

** Displays include a 10,000-piece collection of Fèves (the favors put into
the Three Kings or Epiphany Cake) and a large collection of cribs from
around the world. Open: Tuesday-Friday 2-6p.m., Saturday 2-5:30 p.m. (website in French:
http://www.musee-de-blain.fr)

Autun

Cathédrale Saint Lazare, place St-Louis. 4 stone capitals, sculpted in
twelfth century by master craftsman Gislebertus, tell the story of the
Wise Men: before Herod, adoring the Christ Child, being warned by an
Angel, and the Flight to Egypt of the Holy Family. Can be seen “at eye
level” in the Salle Capitulaire, one floor up from the church.

Blain

(40 Km north of Nantes). Musée de Blain. Place Jean-Guihard.
Displays include a 10,000-piece collection of Fèves (the favors put into
the Three Kings or Epiphany Cake) and a large collection of cribs from
around the world. Open: Tuesday-Friday 2-6 p.m., Saturday 2-5:30 p.m. (website in French:
http://www.musee-de-blain.fr)

Brignoles

Musée du pays Brignolais (Brignolais Regional Museum ). Place Palais
des Comtes de Provence. On exhibit is the mechanical crèche of Abbe
Geraud, built in 1952 and originally displayed in the Saint-Sauveur
Church. Open: April 1-September 30, Wednesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 2:30-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 3-5 p.m. October-
March, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2:30-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 3-5 p.m.. (website in French:
http://www.museebrignolais.com)


Carpentras

Musée Comtadin-Duplessis. 234, boulevard Albert Durand.
Collections of santons and Provencal cribs. Open: April 1-September 30, 10 a.m.-
12 p.m., 2-6 p.m.; by appt year round; closed Tuesdays, bank holidays.

Chaource

200 km se Paris, near Troyes. Eglise de Sainte-Jean Baptiste. 16th
Century moveable crèche with 22 carved, painted, and gilded figures.
Two tables show Adoration of the Shepherds, and, of the Magi. One
16th Century cabinet shows life of the Virgin and Christ.

Chaumont

Le musée de la Crèche. Place du Palais/Esplanade de la Basilique. A
grand collection of old cribs acquired by the Town of Chaumont in 1976
– 18th Century Neapolitan presepi, 19th Century French cribs, the Holy
Child in wax from the 16th-19th Centuries. Open daily 2-8 p.m.; summer,
2:30-8:30 p.m.; closed Tuesday and holidays. (email: musee@villechaumont.
fr)

Ecouen

Musèe de la Renaissance in Chateau d’Ecouen. (north of Paris, route to
Compiègne). 18th Century Neapolitan Nativity. Not usually on display
but may be possible to see by emailing the Director of the Museum in
advance. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.,
2-5:15 p.m. Closed Tuesday. (phone: 01 34 38 38 50; fax: 01 34 38 38 78;
alain.erlande-brandenburg@culture.gouv.fr)

Fontaine de Vaucluse

*** Musèe du Santon et Traditions de Provence. Place de la Colonne.
Contains 2000 santons, 60 movable figures. Work of more than 95
santonniers from all over Provence. Open every day 10-6.
Grasse Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence. 2, rue Mirabeau. Large late
18th-early 19th century Provencal crèche. 18 3/8” high x 27½” across x
10” deep. Also a collection of Provencal santons. Open hours vary, so
check website before going. info@museesdegrass.com

Les-Baux-de-Provence

** Musée des Santons, Ancien hôtel de ville. Interesting collection of 17th
and 18th Century crèches. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Le Paradou

“La Petite Provence”. 75, Avenue de la Vallée des Beaux, the
Fontveille-Maussane-les-Alpilles road. Over 400 santons, crèches
displayed in a miniature village. All 1/6 true size. Open every day 10 a.m.-
6:30 p.m., July-August 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (http://www.lapetiteprovenceduparadou.com,
press English)

Le Val

Musée de Santons. Rue Fours. Small collection of French santons and
crèches from around the world. Includes a movable crèche. Open:
July-August, November-December daily; January-February closed weekends; March-June, September -
October, closed second weekend.

Lourdes

**** Musée de la Nativité – La Crèche Animée, 21, Quai Saint Jean. 3
sections: 14 dioramas depicting life of Jesus from the Annunciation to
the scene in the Temple - movable scene of life in Palestine in Biblical
times - animated scene of everyday life in the Pyrenees toward end of
19th Century. Open April-October, Daily 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1:30-7 p.m.

Musée Pyrénéen. Château Fort de Lourdes. Rue du Borg. 18th Century
Nativity. Open: April-September, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1:30-6:30 p.m.; mid-July-mid-August, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.;
October 1-March 31, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-6 p.m., Friday 2-7 p.m. (www.lourdes-visite.com)

Marseille

** Museum at Marcel Carbonel Studios, 47 Rue Neuve Sainte Catherine.
Local works at the workshop, and cribs from around the world at the
museum. Shop & Museum open: Janruary-November, Tuesday-Saturday and December, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-
12:30 p.m., 2-6:30 p.m.; Workshops open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5:15 p.m.
(http://www.santonsmarcelcarbonel.com / English button)

Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires du Terroir Marseillais, 7 miles
northeast at Château-Gombert, 5 place des Heros. Several crèches from
naïf to XVIII Century to present day. Open: Monmday - Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m.; Saturday,Sunday 2-
5 p.m.

Muzeray

Musée de la Crèche. 3 rue de Forbeuvillers. Open May-December, Saturday, Sunday, 2-
6 p.m.; December daily 2-8 p.m.; closed Janruary-March, but open by appt.

Pierrefeu-du-Var

*** Musée du Santon, Château de l’Aumerade, Route de Puget-Ville.
Private collection of M. Henri Fabre of more than 1800 santons from
18th Century to the present arranged in a crèche. Open every day but
Sunday and holidays. Hours vary depending on season.


GERMANY

Altötting

(ne of Munich) Mechanical crib. Kreszentiaheimstrasse 18.130 wood
figures hand carved by Oberammergau masters between 1926-1928.
Open daily March-December 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Janruary-February, call +49 (0) 8671 6653

Annaberg-Buchholz

(south of Dresden) Erzgebirgsmuseum, Grosse Kirchgasse 16.
German Nativities. One display is a Weihnachtsberg, a mechanical
model of a mine, combined with a Nativity and forest scenes. Open
daily,10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Augsburg

Basilica of Sts. Ulrich und Afra, Ulrichplatz 15. Lovely hand-carved
altar with Nativity scene. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Diessen

*** Traidcasten building next to Marienmünster (Minster of St.
Mary). Collection of Nativities from around the world. Open
to public between Christmas and Epiphany, and for group visits
anytime, on request. Contact church office – fax: +49-8807-9489420.

Forchheim

* Gasthaus Roter Ochs. Kirchplatz 3. Family krippe begun in 1945 and
expanded over the years. Landscape changes during the year, following
the biblical cycle. Open Wednesday-Saturday after 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday,
Tuesday.

Freising

*** (no. of Munich at end of SBahn (S1) Domberg Museum Freising,
Domberg 21. Small but excellent collection of some 27 European
Nativities, + an 18th Century Neapolitan presepio of 135 figures, 73
animals, 350 other pieces. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and
special holidays.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Museum Aschenbrenner. Loisachstrasse 44. Small collection of cribs
among other exhibits. Open daily, Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday.

Glattbach

(north of Aschaffenburg) Krippenmuseum in the City Hall.
Hauptstrasse 114. Small but interesting collection of Nativities. Open
Advent 1 to Epiphany,Tuesday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m. Closed all other times, but groups
may visit year round by phoning +49 (0) 6021 34910 or +49 (0) 6021
42448

Herzogenaurach

(20 km NW of Nuremberg) Krippenmuseum Herzogenaurach. Welker
Bache Kirchweg 15. Founded by the local Friends of the Creche in
1998. Nativities from around the world, as well as those made by
members of the Friends. Open 1st Sunday in October to Easter, every Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Groups by appt. by phoning +49 (0) 9132 2906

Losheim

**** (east of Malmedy, Belgium – southeast of Monschau) “Krippana”, on
the Belgian-German border in old customs building. Prümer Strasse 55.
Museum contains over 200 Nativities from around the world + other
related exhibits. Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mondays. (www.Krippana.de -
press EN, then Journey)

Mindelheim

Schwäbisches Krippenmuseum (Schwaben Crib Museum)
(southwest of Munich on the A96). Hermelestrasse 4, in the former
Jesuit College. Overview of Nativity story, life and passion of Jesus.
Open daily 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-5 p.m., except Monday, and by appointment.
(www.mindelheimer-museen.de - museen@mindelheim.de)

Munich

**** Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum)
Prinzregentenstrasse 3. Lower level devoted to extensive display of
German cribs, with emphasis on Alpine and south Italian cribs from the
18th Century. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Monday and
major holidays.

*** At Oberschleissheim. Schloss Schleissheim (Schleissheim Castle)
Outskirts of Munich. Altes Schloss, at Maximilianhof 1, contains
“Gertrud Weinhold Collection” of Nativities, some 60-70 from
Germany and around the world. Open April-September, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; October-March, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Monday.

Nuremberg

Germanisches Nationalmuseum (German National Museum)
Kartausergasse 1. A small crib collection, three of which are on display
year round – one from Innsbruck (c.1800), another from Thüringen
(1920), a small commercially produced paper crib (1937). Open: Tuesday -
Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. during Christmas season.
(website: www.gnm.de – English site)

Oberammergau

** Oberammergau Museum. Dorfstrasse 8. Collection of local cribs,
including 18th/19th Century historical crib of over 200 pieces, so wellknown
that in 1872 the last Bavarian king, Ludwig II, visited
Oberammergau to see it. Open: April 1-November 6 and November 26-January 11, Tuesday-
Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays. (http://www.oberammergaumuseum.de)

Oberau

(8 km from Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Schmiedeweg 3. Special crib of
many pieces by Herr Reiser (1883-1962) plus several cribs from around
the world. Open: July-November, Wednesday 2-5 p.m., 1st Advent-1st Sunday in February, daily 2-
6 p.m. Closed Monday, December 25, 31.

Oberstadion

Krippenmuseum. Kirchplatz 5/1. Some 160 cribs on display. Open:
February-October, Wednesday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m.; December-January, Monday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed November.
(www.krippen-museum.de - click Translate, then English)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

** 
Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum (German Christmas Museum),
Herrngasse 1. Run by Käthe Wohlfahrt Company. 11 rooms, each
displaying a different feature of Christmas. Several paper crèches
displayed, also a Baroque Tyrolean crib with 65 figures and a crèche
castle. Hours vary so check website for times. Email for special hours
for groups. www.weihnachtsmuseum.de - service@wohlfahrt.com)

Schirgiswalde

(in Saxony, near northern Czech border) Heimatmuseum “Carl
Swoboda”. Hauptstrasse 11a. Several Bohemian cribs of the 19th &
20th Centuries. Open Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-4 p.m., or call or email in
advance for an appt outside these hours. (phone: +49 (0) 3592 38660
email: stadt@schirgiswalde.de)

Schneeberg

Museum für Bergmannische Volkskunst (Miners’ Folk Art Museum).
Obere Zobelgasse 1 in Bortenreuther House (built 1725). Nativities
among other exhibits. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Seiffen

(sw of Dresden) Erzgebirgisches Spielzeugmuseum Seiffen (Seiffen Erz
Mountains Toy Museum). Hauptstrasse 73, Several cribs on display
year round. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (www.spielzeugmuseum-seiffen.de -
click English)

Straubing

(40 km from Passau on der Donau). Karmelitenkirche (Carmelite
Church). Mechanical crib with figures mounted on a wheel that turns –
the figures do not move. Also a Ganzjähriges Krippe (Eternal Crib)
with 300 hand-carved and dressed figures. For the best church + other
Nativities visit contact Guido Scharrer of the Bavarian Crib Friends
(Guido@Scharrer-online.de or Phone: 09421/81445 Fax:
09421/180704) before leaving home and again on arrival. He will be
happy to show you around himself or have someone else do so.

Telgte

(12 mi. east of Münster on B51) RELÍGIO (Westphalian Museum for
Religious Culture). In the historic district at Herrenstrasse 1-2.
Nativities from Germany and around the world on second floor. Open:
Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Monday. (www.museum-religio.de)

Waldbreitbach

Krippenmuseum van Gustel Hertling. Am Muhlenberg 3. Over 100
cribs from around the world, collected by Gustel Hertling, some
hundreds of years old, others, modern. Open year round, Saturday, Sunday,
holidays, 2-6 p.m. At Christmas time a Nativity covering 92 square meters is
displayed in the parish church.


HOLY LAND

Bethlehem

** Bethlehem Peace Museum. Salesian Convent. 316 Star Street.
Collection of some 200 Nativities from around the Anglican
Communion. The Museum has no set days or hours. The
guard/attendant in the lobby will let people in to see the collection, but
not after 4 p.m. A donation may be required. (Thanks to Rodney Allen
Schwartz, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, for this
information.)



HUNGARY

Budapest

Museum of Ethnography. Kossuth Lajos Square 12. A few Nativities as
part of a Hungarian daily life exhibit. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Check for
holiday open/closed days.



ITALY

Albusiago

Museo del Presepi. Via S. Giovanni Bosco, 2. 200 nativities
With Spanish-style dioramas. Open: December 8-last Sunday in January, plus
holidays, 2-30-5:30 p.m. Closed Christmas. Open all year by appt.
HoliCl (info@museodelpresepi.it)

Amelia

(Terni region, Umbria). Convento Francescano SS. Annunziata, 3 km
from Amelia at Strada Annunziata, 3. Nativity and several dioramas
made by Juan Mari Oliva (1907-1991) of Barcelona. Open daily year
round from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cathedral. Permanent Nativity of Israeli style, and dioramas. Open 10 a.m.-
12 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m.

Bolzano

Museo del Presepio nel Convento Muri di Gries, in the Roman tower of
Abbazia. 18th Century presepio, exhibit showing present presepi
production in Alto Adige, some 40 pieces of a group of folk art figures.
Open: September-June on the 1st Saturday of the month, 3-5 p.m.; from the 1st Saturday in
Advent-February 2, every Saturday

Brembo de Dalmine

**** Museo del Presepio. Via XXV Aprile 179. (near Bergamo). Large
collection from Italy and around the world. Open: November-January, weekdays
2-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-7 p.m.; rest of year, Thursday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m. Groups every day with
pre-paid reservation. (call +39 (0) 35.563383 website:
http://www.museodelpresepio.com)

Bressanone

*** Museo Palazzo Principesco Vescovile (Palace of the Prince Bishops).
Nativity collection on ground floor has works by two famous crib
makers, Franz Xavier Nissl and Joseph Benedikt Probst. Open: March
15-October 31, Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Monday; end November-Epiphany, daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed December 24, 25.

Capri:Anacapri

Chiesa San Michele. In the sacristy are six cabinets containing some 67
Neapolitan figures, almost 12” tall, which at Christmas time are
displayed as a crib. Although not Nativity-related, there is a beautiful,
intricate mosaic floor showing the expulsion of Adam and Eve from
Eden (17th century).

Caserta

**** La Reggia, the Royal Palace – 18th Century Neapolitan presepio of
Spanish Prince Charles of Bourbon, King of Naples, 1734, 1200 figures.
Open daily 9 a.m. -6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

Corigliano Calabro

Il Museo “Raccolta di Arte Presepiale” (Museum “Collection of
Nativity Art”) via Alfredo Tricarico, 35. Italian and international
collection. Open daily, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 4-7 p.m.; closed Mondays.

Gardone Riviera

**** (east of Bergamo) Museo del Divino Infante. Via dei Colli, 31. Over
250 representations of the Baby and Child Jesus, including a large
Neapolitan Nativity, the result of 30 years of collecting by Hiky Mayr.
Open from April-August, December-January, but days and times seem to change. It
would be wise to check the website before going. (www.il-bambinogesu.
com. Click on English.

Gazzano

(northern Italy) “Paese del Presepio”, in the stable next to the Church of
San Marco. A series of dioramas that tell the Nativity story, handcreated
by Antonio Pigozzi. Open December 8-January 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; rest of year Sunday 10 a.m.-
7 p.m. and by appointment. (phone: +39 (0) 522 803230 or (0) 340 3290906)
Genova Brignoline Cloistered Nuns. Viale V.C.Bracelli, 13. Late 17th -early
18th Century crib with jointed wood figures by Giacomo Colombo.

La Madonetta Sanctuary. Baroque nativity, late 17th-early. 18th Century.
(take Righi Funicular to St. Nicholas exit, walk up, ring bell, ask to see
presepio)

Greccio

**** Church of the Nativity, built over the spot where in 1223 St. Francis
organized an outdoor Nativity scene. Large presepio and Nativity wall
plaques inside. Small display of Nativities on second floor.

Grotto dello Smeraldo

(Emerald Grotto / along Amalfi Coast). At the bottom is an underwater
ceramic Nativity scene with the Holy Family, donkey, cow, dating to
1956. Take elevator or stairs at Furore down to the sea, board boat to
visit Grotto. Boats also go from Amalfi.

Lajen/Gröden South Tyrol – Italy

Museum Heide. Pontives 37/B. Large nativities by the masters- Auer,
E. Pigozzi, Bombellim Mattei, Palazzo, Fortuna, others. Open: Wednesday-Saturday,
10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-6 p.m. or by telephone reservation (+39-0471-797397 -
info@originalheide.com - www.demetzheinrich.com)

Lutago/Ahrntal South Tyrol – Italy

**** Museo Maranatha/Krippenmuseum Maranatha Via Weissenbach 17.
Some cribs on display year round. Open: in Winter Nov 20- Easter –
Summer May 2-November 5, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-6 p.m.; Sunday 2-5 p.m.
www.Krippenmuseum.com)

Macerata

Museo Tipologico del Presepio, Palazzina Cassese, Via Maffeo
Pantaleoni, 4. (near Arena Sferisterio) 17th Century Neapolitan presepio,
regional Italian and foreign Nativities, as well as another 4000 pieces of
statues, animals, accessories, bibliographical and philatelic materials,
movies, slides, etc. Open daily. Visit by appointment. (phone: +39 (0)
733-234035)

Milan

Chiesa di / Church of San Marco, Capella del Presepe. Paper Nativity,
c. 1750, by Francesco Londonio, glued onto wood panels. Open all
year.

Montevergine

(Campania region, near Avellino). Museo Internazionale del Presepio
(International Crib Museum). Cloister, Benedettina Abbey. Nativities
from around the world.

Morrovalle

(near Macerata) Museo Pinacoteca Internazionale del Presepio. In the
exConvento dei Padri Agostiniani, next to the Church of San
Bartolomeo Apostolo. Via Bonarelli 2. Over 800 Nativities from
around the world. Open: daily December-January 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-7 p.m.; other times by request.
(www.museodelpresepio.Altervista.org)

Muggia

Chiesa de San Francesco, Salita delle Mura. Calle San Francisco 12.
Permanent display of the Generale Consoli collection of Nativities from
around the world, + 2, 19th Century Neapolitan nativities. Open: Monday &
Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Outside the schedule call +39 (0) 4 027 1104.

Naples

**** Museo Nazionale di San Martino (St. Martin National Museum) on the
grounds of the Certosa di San Martino in the Vómero district. Presepio
of Cuciniello and others, in Rooms 32-38. Open daily, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays.

Museo di Capodimonte. Via Miano 2. Among other exhibits, one
Neapolitan Presepio in a cabinet approximately 5’x 5’. Open daily
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; closed Wednesdays.

Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore, Chapel of San Domenico Soriano.
Life-size figures of Mary, Joseph, ox, donkey, of polychromed wood,
from the 15th century.

Chiesa di Santa Chiara (Church of St. Clare), near Via San Gregorio
Armeno. 17th Century theatrical crib with many figures. Cloisters open
daily 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 4-7 p.m.

Church of Santa Maria in Portico. Important crib with 24 large figures
by Giuseppe Picano and Giacomo Colombo. Of the original 1647 crib
ordered by Duchess Orsini di Gravina there remain 4 shepherds, the
Child, one Magi, ox and ass.

**** Via San Gregorio Armeno - presepio workshops and stores line both
sides of this street.

Oropa (Piedmont region). Museo del Presepio. In the crypt of the New
Church of the Santuario, which is a place of pilgrimage (April to September)
to the 14th Century Black Madonna.

Reggio Calabria Museo del Presepio of the Associazione Amici del Presepe. Via
Filippini 46. Open Tuesday,Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, November-February, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 4:30-8 p.m.; March-October,
9 a.m.-12 p.m., 5-8 p.m.; other times by appointment -www.museodelpresepiorc.com
info@museodelpresepiorc.com

Rome

**** Basilica del Santi Cosma e Damiano. Via dei Fori Imperiali 1.
Presepio from 1750 – 45 ft. long, 21 ft. wide, 27 ft. high. Open
daily 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-7 p.m.

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. 700-year-old figurines from world’s
first Nativity scene have gone on display here after 500 years. Made by
Arnolfo di Cambio around 1290. (Mary added 300 years later). Also on
view, relics of wood and cloth said to be part of Jesus’ manger and
swaddling clothes.

** Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolare. Suburb of Eur,
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi. (Fermi Metro Station, Linea B). Two very
large cases, each with a Neapolitan Presepio, with settings by Nicola
Maciariella. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

**** Museo Tipologico Internazionale del Presepe, Angelo Stefannuci –
Associazione Italiana Amici del Presepio. Via Tor de Conti 31A,
basement of church of SS.Quirico & Giullita. Dioramas, some 3000
cribs from around the world. Open: September-July, Wednesday, Saturday, 5-7:30 p.m.; December 24-
January 15 daily 3-8 p.m.; (www.presepio.it)

** Parrocchia di Santa Maria in Via. Via del Mortaro 24. In room to left
of altar. 18th Century Neapolitan Nativity with 60 major pieces. On
permanent display. Open 7:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 4-9 p.m. daily. Sunday, holidays, closed
for lunch.

** Presepe dei Netturbini (Sanitation Workers Crib). Via dei Cavalleggeri
5. Open daily Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, holidays 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; mid-December to end January
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Entry fee.

* Catacombs – many have representations of different parts of the
Nativity story on crypts or walls

San Vigilio di Concesio

(ne of Brescia) Museo del Presepio “Paolo VI”. Via Rizzardi 30/b.
Large mechanized traditional Presepio and 100 sets from around the
world. Open: holidays 2-7 p.m. – rest of the year by appointment.
(phone/fax:+39 (0) 302751388 - website for map:
www.presepiopaolosesto.it)

Sicily: Caltagirone

Cripta del Convento dei PP. Cappuccini. Via SS Salvatore 28.
Permanent presepio – “Story of Salvation” from Annunciation to
Resurrection - with modern figures made by local artists as a testimony
to the continuation of the presepio tradition in Caltagirone.

Sicily:Caltagirone

Museo Internazionale dei Presepi, Largo S. Luigi 2. Nativities, local and
from around the world. Open November-May, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,
3-9 p.m. Holidays 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

Sicily: Donnalucata

Museo del Presepio. Parrocchia di Santa Caterina da Siena. Giant
hillside scene. Open year round 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 3:30-7 p.m.

Sicily: Giarre, Catania

**** Museo del Presepio. Via Meli 2. Exceptional Nativity dioramas made
by members and sets from around the world. Open: January 7-December 7, Saturday,
Sunday, holidays, 5-7 p.m. December 8-January 6, daily 4-7:30 p.m. Closed July & August.
Open year round for groups and school children. (+39 (0) 95 934265)

Sicily: Palermo

Museo del Presepio. Part of Museo Etnografico G. Pitré. Large 17th
Century presepio by Giovanni Matera, others from 18th C.
Sicily: Galleria Regionale di Palazzo Bellomo. Via Capodieci 16, next to
Siracusa Church of San Benedetto. A collection of cribs on the ground floor.
Open: daily, Sunday & holidays 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sicily: Trapani

Museo Regionale Conte Agostino Pepoli. Via Conte Agostino Pepoli,
200 in the Santuario Madonna di Trapani. Three rooms of cribs on the
first floor. Open: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, holidays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Closed
Mondays.

Taranto

Museo del Presepio. Via Lago d’Averno 10 (crossroad, Bivio / Chieso
(Church) S. Spirito). Display of artistic Nativities from the Costa
Collection. Open year round by appointment. (phone: +39 (0)997
761799)

Tolentino

Shrine of St. Nicholas of Tolentino. Museo del Presepio. Piazza San
Nicola, 3, Via Sparaciari, 37. Wooden group Nativity from second
quarter 14th Century and contemporary cribs from Italy and around the
world. Open daily: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 4-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 3-7 p.m.


MONACO

Monte Carlo

Musée National des Poupées et Automates (Dolls and Automatons),
7 av. Princesse Grace. 18th Century Neapolitan presepio.


POLAND

Krakow

** Bazylika Mariacka on Rynek Glowny / Main Square. On the inside face
of the left wing of the Wit Stwosz altarpiece are three panels depicting
the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Visit of the Magi. The inside face of
the right wing shows the Easter cycle.

** Muzeum Etnograficzne (Polish Folk Museum), Old Town Hall, plac
Wolnica, Kazimierz District. Collection of village Nativity scenes /
szopka krakowska. Open: Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closed Monday.

Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa (The Historical Museum of the
City of Krakow) Rynek Glowny / Main Square. Largest collection in
the world of szopki, the traditional Krakow style of Nativity. Latest
word is that there are no cribs on permanent display, but if you are in
Krakow, please stop by to check, then let us know. Every year on 1st
Thursday of December the Museum sponsors a competition of new
szopki. People bring entries to the main square where they are displayed
and judged before being taken to the Museum. Open daily during the
holiday season. Closed year-round on Monday-Tuesday. www.krakowinfo.
com/szopki.htm)

Wambierzyce

** (small village about 100 km from Wroclaw – place of pilgrimage since
the Middle Ages) 800-piece mechanical Nativity, of which 300 move.
Other scenes from life of Jesus and of daily life in Silesia. Built at end
of 19th Century by local blacksmith and clockmaker, Longinus Wittig.
Open: May-September, Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; October-April, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-3:45 p.m. Closed Mondays.


PORTUGAL

Azores: San Miguel Island. Lagoa

Museu do Presépio Açoriano (Azorean Nativity Scene Museum) Rua G
General Bernardo do Canto, nº1 Santa Cruz. Open: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Coimbra

Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro. Largo (Square) Dr. Jose
Rodrigues. Nativity in Cabinet by the master. Museum under
renovation – partially open in 2011, but the Nativity is not yet on
display. (phone: +351 (0) 239-482-001 – email:
mnnachadodecastro@imc-ip.pt)

Estremoz

** Municipal Museum in the Upper Town has several display cases with
18th-19th Century crib sets and individual crib figures. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-
12:30 p.m., 2-5 p.m., April-September 3-7 p.m. Closed Monday.

Lisbon

** Basílica da Estrela. Praça da Estrela / Estrela Square. 18th Century
figures attributed to J. Machado de Castro. The still-large Nativity, now
in a special cabinet, originally had over 500 pieces. Open daily, 10-
11:45 a.m., 3:30-5 p.m. Closed Sunday-Monday.

Basilica de Nossa Senhora dos Maártires. Rua Serpa Pinto, 10D. 3
special cribs, one of which is School of Machado de Castro. Open: Monday-Friday,
9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m..

Igreja de São Jose ou da Anunciada. Largo da Anunciada. Crib by
School of Machado de Castro, with moving pieces.

Monasterio São Vicente de Fora. Largo de São Vicente. Small case
with Presepio do Patriarcado de Lisboa-small 19th C. clay figures with
paper flowers. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3-5 p.m.

*** Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Museum of Ancient Art). Rua das
Janelas Verdes 9. Crib of the Marquises of Belas, in the lower chapel.
Large polychromed clay Crib in its original structure, sculpted by
Joaquim António de Macedo and Joaquim José Barros; painting by
António Pinto Portugal (1796-1812). Holy Family by Machado de
Castro. (This crib is closed for reconstruction as of Aug ’12, with no
date for re-opening). On the 1st floor is a display of polychromed
wood and clay crib figures attributed to the “Clerigo de Setubal”, 18th
Century. It is the Presepio do Palacio das Necessidades. Open: Tuesday-
Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Mondays. (phone: 351-21-391-28-00 fax: 351-21-
397-37-03)

** Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Convento da Madre de Deus. (Museum of
Tiles. Convent of the Mother of God). Rua da Madre de Deus 4. Large
16th Century decorative tile panel. Nossa Senhora da Vida (Our Lady of
Life) shows the stable scene. Large 18th century, painted terracotta crib
by António Ferreira and others in Casa do Presepio (Nativity Room).
Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday 105. Closed Mondays.
(http://www.mnazulejo.imc-ip.pt)

Sé Patriarchal. (Cathedral) Alfama District. Large 1766 terracotta
Baroque Crib by Machado de Castro in the Bartolomeo Joanes Chapel
off the north aisle. (As of August ’12 a plaque on the wall indicates the
removal of the Crib, but it does not indicate a return date)

Queluz

Palacio Nacional de Queluz (National Palace). 15 km from the Old
Quarter. Crib of painted terracotta, wood, cork, and paper, from third
quarter of the 18th Century. Attributed to Silvestre Faria Lobo. Open
daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.


SLOVAKIA

Rajecká Lesná

*** (northern Slovakia, 30 km. South of Zilina) Slovenskeho Bethlehema
(Slovak Nativity). (crèche is 27 ft. long x 9 ft. deep x 6.5 ft. high)
Nativity scene carved by Jozef Pekara. The 170 moving figures in
Slovak national costumes and the background of historic towns tell not
only the story of the birth of Jesus but the history and social activities of
the Slovak nation as well. Open: Tuesday-Saturday 9-11:30 a.m., 1-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 9:30-10:30 a.m.,
1-4 p.m.; closed Monday (www.muzeum.sk)


SPAIN

Alicante

**** Museo de Belenes, Calle de San Agustín 3, Casco Viejo. Nativities
from around the world. Seasonal dioramas of Nativity story and
Passion. Open: September-June, Monday 5-8 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; July, August, Monday
6-9 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 6-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Barcelona

Church of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Stone carvings of the
Nativity.

Guadalest

(Costa Blanca, no. of Benidorm and Alicante) Antonio Marco Dolls
Houses Museum. Giant 12-ton Nativity, early 20th Cent. made from
stone, tile, brick, wood, iron, natural plants, bonsai. Private museum
open daily. Summer, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Winter 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
(http://wwwguadalest.eu/museums/dolls-houses-museum.htm)

Jerez

Museo Muestra del Belén Jerez. Calle Circo s/n. Open daily Monday-Sunday,
11 a.m.-12 p.m., 6-8:30 p.m.; Closed December 24, 25, 31

Madrid

* Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativos (Museum of Decorative Arts),
Calle Montalban 12. 18th Century Neapolitan Nativity on display.
Open: Tuesday-Saturday. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday after, 5-8 p.m.; Sunday, holidays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed
Mondays.

Mallorca:

Iglesia de la Sang (Church of the Blood), Calle Olmos 50. “El belén de

Palma

Jesús”. Said to be the oldest in Spain, dating back to 1480. The figures
of Mary and Joseph are from the XV Century; those of the Shepherds,
from 1530-1540, and that of Jesus, from the XVIII Century.
Museo de la Fundación Bartolomé March. March Palace. XVIII
Neapolitan Nativity Scene of more than 2000 pieces gathered by
Bartolomé March. Open: April-October daily Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.;
closed Sundays, holidays. November-March Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
(secretaria@fundacionmarch.es)

Murcia

**** Museo Salzillo, Plaza de San Agustín, 3, entrance on Doctor Quesada.
Display of 600-piece (people and animals) polychromed terracotta
Nativity (except for the Babe, done in wood) carved by sculptor
Francisco Salzillo (1707-1781). Open: Summer Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Saturday-Sunday
– Winter Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, holidays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sevilla

Monasterio Santa Paula, Calle de Santa Paula, 11 (cloistered order of
nuns). On display is a charming 18th century Nativity, whose figures
show several anecdotal scenes from the life of the Virgin. Some carry
the signature of Fernando de Santiago. Open daily 5-7 p.m.

Valladolid

Museo Nacional Colegio de San Gregorio (formerly Museo Nacional de
Escultura) Cadenas de San Gregorio 1, 2, 3. Neapolitan Nativity Scene
comprised of 620 items collected over many years by the Garcia de
Castro family and acquired by the Spanish state in 1996. 184 human
figures + animals and accessories. Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-
2 p.m.; closed Monday.


Switzerland

Basel

** Spielzeug Welten Museum (World Toy Museum) Steinenvorstadt 1.
The Museum contains an 18th Century Neapolitan Presepio with several
hundred figures, the tallest of which are 16”. The background scenery is
made of cork. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (www.spielzeug-welten-museumbasel.
ch)

Einsiedeln

** (40 km se Zurich) Diorama Bethlehem – “the largest crib in the world”
Benzigerstrasse 23. Over 450 figures carved by Ferdinand Pottmesser
of South Tyrol in the 1930s, in a permanent building. Open: May 1-October
31, 12-5 p.m.; First Advent-January 6, 12-4 p.m.; groups by appointment.
(www.diorama.ch/english - info@diorama.ch)

Stein am Rhein

Krippenwelt. Oberstadt 5. 500-700 Nativities from around the world
on display. Open daily Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and month of Dec. Closed
Mondays. (www.krippenwelt-ag.ch - site is in German)