Dozens of three-dimensional Nativity scenes from around the world reveal how artists interpret & adapt the Christmas story to represent their unique personal and cultural perspectives. 

This year’s World Nativities exhibition features an antique Moravian Christmas “putz” made by folk artist Jennie Trein (1879-1977) on loan from the Moravian Historical Society in Nazareth, Pa. A putz (from the old German word putzen, meaning “to arrange or decorate”) is a miniature landscape that tells the story of the Nativity.

Other nativities include some on loan from the Knights of Columbus Museum collection in New Haven, Conn., as well as outstanding examples from Glencairn’s own growing collection. Every year this continually changing exhibition offers new works for visitors to see, each one researched by Glencairn’s curatorial staff and labeled with a story that explains its significance and origins. 

Exhibition runs Friday, November 29, through Sunday, January 5.

Self-guided tour, handicapped accessible

Closed 12/9-10 & 12/24-25

Special hours 12/26-29 only! Opens early: 10:00-4:30

No charge; suggested donation: $5

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  • Starting Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, repeats every day until Sunday, January 05, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Starting Thursday, December 26th, 2019, repeats every day until Sunday, December 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm


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