Christmas in Pennsylvania
Nov
25
Jan 8

Christmas in Pennsylvania

Daily 12:00 - 4:30 PM
Closed December 12-13, 24-25

Suggested donation $5 per person (includes both exhibitions).

How was Christmas celebrated in southeastern Pennsylvania during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? What traditions were observed in the city of Philadelphia, and in rural Pennsylvania Dutch communities? This holiday exhibition features vintage objects and images from the National Christmas Center and Museum (Lancaster County) and the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University (Berks County).

World Nativities
Nov
25
Jan 8

World Nativities

Daily 12:00 - 4:30 PM
Closed December 12-13, 24-25

Suggested donation $5 per person (includes both exhibitions).

Glencairn Museum’s World Nativities exhibition presents dozens of three-dimensional Nativity scenes collected from around the world. For many Christians the Nativity scene is a meaningful expression of religious faith, providing a compelling visual focus during the Christmas season. World Nativities shows how artisans adapt the Nativity scene to represent their own spiritual, intellectual, cultural and regional environments. Each year the exhibition features Nativities borrowed from other museums and from Glencairn’s growing collection.


Christmas Traditions in Many Lands
Nov
27
Jan 10

Christmas Traditions in Many Lands

Daily 12 to 4:30 PM
Closed December 14-15, 24-25

Suggested donation $5/person (includes both exhibitions)

This exhibition reveals how Christmas was celebrated in a variety of countries during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Objects and images from the collection of the National Christmas Center and Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania illustrate Christmas customs in many European countries including France, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia, as well as in eastern Pennsylvania.

Image: Père Noël is the French equivalent of the American Santa Claus. He wears a long, hooded robe edged with white fur, and carries presents in a basket like those used by grape harvesters. This papier-mâché figure of Père Noël served as a candy container. On loan from the National Christmas Center and Museum. © Glencairn Museum

World Nativities 2015
Nov
27
Jan 10

World Nativities 2015

Daily 12:00 to 4:30 PM
Closed December 14-15, 24-25

Suggested donation $5/person (includes both exhibitions)

Presents dozens of three-dimensional Nativity scenes, collected from around the world. For many Christians the Nativity scene is a meaningful expression of religious faith, providing a compelling visual focus during the Christmas season. World Nativities reveals how artisans have adapted the Nativity scene to represent their own national, regional, and local cultures. Nativities are often crafted from whatever materials are locally available, such as clay, grass, cornhusks, bark, gourds, and even coconuts. Settings for the Nativities have been created by Bryn Athyn artisan Kathleen Glenn Pitcairn.

Marc Chagall and the Bible
Apr
25
Oct 4

Marc Chagall and the Bible

Tuesday-Friday with 2:30 pm tour or by appointment
Weekends 1:00 - 4:30 PM

Donations welcome.

Marc Chagall (1887–1985) has been called the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century, and one of the foremost visual interpreters of the Bible. Chagall said, “Since my early youth I have been fascinated by the Bible. It has always seemed to me and it seems to me still that it is the greatest source of poetry of all time. Since then I have sought this reflection in life and in art. The Bible is like an echo of nature and this secret I have tried to transmit.” 

Marc Chagall and the Bible includes etchings and lithographs of Chagall’s graphic works and historical posters. Etchings from his 1960 Bible series bring together the artist’s spirituality and childhood fantasy through the sophisticated artistry of a master printmaker. Also featured in this exhibition are brilliantly colored images from his 1956 and 1960 suites of Bible lithographs.

Eden to Eternity: Molas from the San Blas Islands
Jan
31
Apr 4

Eden to Eternity: Molas from the San Blas Islands

Tuesday-Friday with 2:30 pm tour or by appointment | Weekends 1:00 - 4:30 PM

Donations welcome.

This exhibition features textiles hand-stitched by the Cuna Indians along the Caribbean coast of Panama. Molas are reverse appliqué panels made for the front and back of blouses worn by Cuna women. Each mola in this exhibition illustrates a story from the Bible—from the Garden of Eden to the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Molas probably originated with the custom of body painting, traditionally done by Cuna women as early as the 17th century. By the 19th century this painting was replaced by textiles, perhaps because Christian missionaries insisted that the Cuna wear clothing. 

Molas are made by women and female children, using only a needle, scissors and thimble. The Cuna have selectively adopted certain aspects of Western civilization, but continue to maintain their indigenous lifestyle and traditions. Many belong to thriving Christian congregations, and biblical themes are often depicted in their textiles.

The molas in this exhibition are on loan from the collection of Sandra and Bob Bowden.

A Century of Santa: Images of Santa Claus in the 1800s
Nov
28
Jan 11

A Century of Santa: Images of Santa Claus in the 1800s

12:00 - 4:30 PM Daily (closed December 15-16 and 24-25)

Included with guided tour admission; donations welcome for self-guided viewing.

PLEASE NOTE: The exhibition will close at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 10, for a private event.

A Century of Santa: Images of Santa Claus in the 1800s presents the early history of Santa Claus in America, using rare magazine illustrations, store advertising, and children’s storybooks from the collection of the National Christmas Center and Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Beginning with early gift givers such as the Christkindl (the Christ Child), the Belsnickel (who handed out gifts to good children but coal to naughty children), and Philadelphia’s own Kris Kringle, this exhibition will use both two- and three-dimensional images to trace the visual evolution of Santa throughout the Nineteenth Century.

World Nativities
Nov
28
Jan 11

World Nativities

12:00 - 4:30 PM Daily (closed December 15-16 and 24-25)

Included with guided tour admission; donations welcome for self-guided viewing.

PLEASE NOTE: The exhibition will close at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 10, for a private event.

Glencairn Museum’s World Nativities exhibition presents dozens of three-dimensional Nativity scenes, collected from around the world. For many Christians the Nativity scene is a meaningful expression of religious faith, providing a compelling visual focus during the Christmas season. World Nativities reveals how artisans have adapted the Nativity scene to represent their own national, regional, and local cultures. Nativities are often crafted from whatever materials are locally available, such as clay, grass, cornhusks, bark, gourds, and even coconuts.

Glencairn’s own Nativity tradition dates to the 1920s, when Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn commissioned a large three-part Nativity for their home by craftsmen from the Bryn Athyn Studios. The Pitcairn Nativity has been displayed annually in Glencairn’s Upper Hall since the building was completed in 1939. In the 1950s the Pitcairns commissioned a similar Nativity for the Eisenhower family, which was placed beside the Christmas tree in the East Room of the White House.

Kathleen Glenn Pitcairn, an artisan who lives in Bryn Athyn, has provided artistic settings for nearly all of the Nativities.

Image: R. Michael Palan and Karen Loccisano, a husband-and-wife team of professional artists from New York, will exhibit their latest work in progress at Glencairn this year: a Nativity inspired by the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569) and his son (also named Pieter).

Apr
27
Jun 30

American Glass Now: 2014

Weekdays with 2:30 tour or by appointment | Saturdays 1:00 - 4:30 PM

Donations welcome.

American Glass Now: 2014, the American Glass Guild’s 3rd juried exhibition, is intended to give artists an opportunity to experiment, show their skills, be ambitious, have a dialogue with fellow artists, and show the public what stained glass can be.

To learn more about the American Glass Guild (AGG) and their annual conference, visit www.americanglassguild.org.

Behind the Lens: Raymond Pitcairn and Photography
Feb
8
Nov 16

Behind the Lens: Raymond Pitcairn and Photography

Tuesday through Friday with 2:30 PM tour or by appointment
Weekends 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Included with guided tour admission; weekend self-guided viewing donations welcome.

Raymond Pitcairn (1885-1966) is remembered primarily for his two remarkable architectural achievements: Bryn Athyn Cathedral, and Glencairn, the Bryn Athyn home he built for his family and art collections. It is less well known that Pitcairn had a lifelong interest in photography, becoming a serious amateur photographer in his early 20s. It was this hobby that led to his first architectural project—designing a photography studio across the street from Cairnwood, his childhood home. The studio, which still stands, included a darkroom and a large room with skylights for posing his subjects.

Glencairn Museum maintains a large archive of photographic prints and negatives—including thousands of glass negatives—documenting the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family, the construction of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Glencairn, Glen Tonche (the family’s summer home in the Catskills), and many other subjects. All of the photographs in this exhibition are drawn from this remarkable collection.

Image: portrait of Mildred Glenn Pitcairn, c. 1910. © Glencairn Museum

Follow the Star: World Nativities
Nov
29
Jan 5

Follow the Star: World Nativities

Daily 12:00 to 4:30 PM | CLOSED December 16, 17, 24, and 25

Admission: Donations Welcome

Glencairn Museum’s fifth annual exhibition of Nativities from around the world includes dozens of sets on loan from the renowned Mepkin Abbey collection in South Carolina; the unveiling of an elaborate traditional Presepio handmade by professional artists Karen Loccisano and R. Michael Palan; and a large rotating German Christmas pyramid by Christian Ulbricht. This year we will exhibit 34 sets from 15 countries. Artistic settings for the Nativities have been created by Bryn Athyn artisan Kathleen Glenn Pitcairn.

The Way of the Cross: Sculptures by Thorsten Sigstedt
Sep
21
Nov 16

The Way of the Cross: Sculptures by Thorsten Sigstedt

Weekdays with guided tour or by appointment; Saturdays 1:00 to 4:30 PM

Donations Welcome.

The Way of the Cross, also known as the Stations of the Cross, is a series of fourteen artistic representations depicting events from the Passion of Jesus Christ. In Christian tradition the Stations, often arranged in sequence around the walls of a church, are used for prayer and meditation. In the early 1950s Thorsten Sigstedt (1884-1963), a Swedish woodcarver with a studio in Bryn Athyn, carved the Stations of the Cross for St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Sigstedt had earlier won a Swedish national contest for the commission to carve the decorations on the royal ceremonial boat, Vasaorden, which is still used during royal weddings. 

Windows into Heaven: The Icons of Susan Kelly vonMedicus
Jan
12
Jun 29

Windows into Heaven: The Icons of Susan Kelly vonMedicus

Weekdays with guided tour or by appointment; Saturdays 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Admission: Donations welcome (included in tour admission).

In Greek, the word “eikon” means “image.” In the Orthodox tradition of Christianity, developed in the medieval eastern Mediterranean, “icon” took on a special meaning, describing images on wooden panels. In the modern creation of these images, Susan Kelly vonMedicus works in an unbroken tradition developed during the earliest centuries of Christianity. An icon is often called a “window into heaven,” because figuratively speaking the viewer is meant to look through it, that is, beyond the surface of the painting to the religious subjects depicted. In drawing parallels between these icons and medieval artworks from Glencairn’s collection, visitors to this exhibition can see how the past reaches forward into the present, and vice versa.

Follow the Star: World Nativities
Nov
23
Jan 6

Follow the Star: World Nativities

Hours: 12:00 to 4:30pm Mondays through Saturdays.
Sunday, December 2, 1:00 - 5:00pm during Glad Tidings: A Celebration of Christmas
Sunday, January 6, 2013, 10:00 - 2:00pm during the Epiphany Program
Museum closed other Sundays and December 17 - 18 and 24 - 25.

Admission: Donations Welcome

See how Christians around the world have adapted the Nativity scene to represent their own national, regional and local cultures, in our fourth annual exhibition featuring crèches from around the world. The three-dimensional Nativity scenes, made from local materials with regionally distinctive clothing, animals and structures, complement the Museum’s collection of Nativity art dating from medieval times through the early 20th century. “Follow the Star” includes crèches made in countries traditionally associated with production of Nativity sets, such as Germany, Italy, Poland and Latin America. It also includes some made in countries typically not associated with crèches, such as Tanzania, Cameroon, Egypt and Ethiopia.

Sacred Stories: Scripture, Myth, and Ritual
Feb
5
Aug 18

Sacred Stories: Scripture, Myth, and Ritual

Weekdays with guided tour or by appointment; Saturdays 1:00 to 4:30 pm.

Admission: Donations Welcome

Religious people communicate stories that are sacred to them by means of oral tradition, scripture, and myth. In some cultures these stories are brought to life by re-enacting them in rituals that have transformative power. In Ancient Egypt the myth of Osiris, a legendary king murdered by his evil brother, was re-enacted through the ritual of embalming, which transformed the mummy into a reborn Osiris. This exhibition will present religious rituals from a variety of cultures and time periods, carried out in order to recreate sacred stories for believers.

Follow the Star: World Nativities Exhibition
Nov
25
Jan 14

Follow the Star: World Nativities Exhibition

12:00 to 4:30pm Mondays through Saturdays.
Sunday, December 4, 1:00 - 5:00pm during Glad Tidings: A Celebration of Christmas
Closed other Sundays and December 12 - 14, and 24.

Admission: Donations Welcome

See how Christians around the world have adapted the Nativity scene to represent their own national, regional and local cultures, in our third annual exhibition featuring crèches from around the world. The three-dimensional Nativity scenes, made from local materials with regionally distinctive clothing, animals and structures, complement the museum’s collection of Nativity art dating from medieval times through the early 20th century. The Glencairn collection includes crèches made in countries traditionally associated with production of Nativity sets, such as Germany, Italy, Poland and Latin America. It also includes some made in countries typically not associated with crèches, such as Laos, Nepal, Egypt and Ethiopia. Artistic settings for the Nativity figures have been created by Bryn Athyn artisan Kathleen Glenn Pitcairn.

The Apocalypse of John: Twenty-Five Paintings by G. Roland Smith
Jul
9
Nov 12

The Apocalypse of John: Twenty-Five Paintings by G. Roland Smith

Saturdays 1:00 to 4:30 pm; weekdays by appointment.

Admission: Donations Welcome

The Apocalypse of John, also known as the Book of Revelation, is the final book of the Bible. In it we find a kaleidoscope of striking images: a dragon that sweeps the stars from the sky, a locust army with scorpion stings, a golden city of light, a tree with leaves that can heal the nations. These are word-pictures, frequently multi-layered and startling, especially in the way disparate images are combined. Over the past ten years the British artist and graphic designer G. Roland Smith has attempted to translate these word-pictures into visual images. This exhibition features twenty-five of his paintings, illustrating subjects from nearly every chapter in the Apocalypse of John.

From Gutenberg to Kindle: The Art of Bible Making
Feb
6
Jun 25

From Gutenberg to Kindle: The Art of Bible Making

Saturdays 1:00 to 4:30pm; weekdays by appointment.

Admission: Donations Welcome

Before Johannes Gutenberg published his first Bible in the 1450s using his innovative moveable-type printing press, Bibles were generally available only in the form of expensive hand-lettered Latin manuscripts. Gutenberg’s invention marked the beginning of a revolution in printing that allowed everyday people to possess their own Bibles in their own native languages. In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible (1611-2011), Glencairn’s exhibition illustrates the history of Bible making, using both hand-lettered and mechanically-printed Bible leaves from the Museum’s collection. Other highlights include a full-size working replica of a journeyman printer’s Gutenberg-style press (with live demonstrations available), and a Bible downloaded to an Amazon Kindle, a modern e-book reader with an e-paper display.

Follow the Star: World Nativities Exhibit
Dec
5
Jan 15

Follow the Star: World Nativities Exhibit

Daily times subject to change. Call 267.502.2990 for up-to-date information.

Scheduled hours:
1 to 5pm Sunday, December 5, Glencairn's Glad Tidings: A Celebration of Christmas event
10am to 4pm Monday, December 6 through Friday, December 10
10am to 3pm December 16, 17, 20-23, 28-30, January 3-7 and 10, 12-14
1 to 4:30pm Saturdays, December 11 and 18, January 1, 8 and 15

Admission: Donations Welcome

See how Christians around the world have adapted the Nativity scene to represent their own national, regional and local cultures, in our second annual exhibit featuring crèches from around the world. The three-dimensional Nativity scenes, made from local materials with regionally distinctive clothing, animals and structures, compliment the museum’s collection of Nativity art dating from medieval times through the early 20th century. The Glencairn collection includes crèches made in countries traditionally associated with production of Nativity sets, such as Germany, Italy, Poland and Latin America. It also includes some made in countries typically not associated with crèches, such as Laos, Nepal, Egypt and Ethiopia. This year members of the Moravian Historical Society in Nazareth, PA, will be setting up the Morris Family Putz, a 150-year old Nativity scene from Bethlehem, PA, in a free event open to the general public on Saturday, December 4th (1:00 to 4:30 pm).

In the Service of God: The Sacred Arts in the Middle Ages
Apr
21
Oct 31

In the Service of God: The Sacred Arts in the Middle Ages

Weekdays by appointment | Saturdays 1:00 to 4:30 pm | Sunday, October 31, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Admission: Donations welcome.

Throughout medieval Europe, the Christian Church was the center of the art world. Using symbols and visual narrative, artists were commissioned to develop ways to embody Christian doctrine and serve Christian liturgy in sacred spaces. This exhibition gathers objects in a variety of media—including ivory, enamel, wood carving, stained glass, mosaic, and the book arts—to demonstrate and celebrate this fertile period when art was placed in the service of God.

Art & Soul: Picturing the Spirit Within
Jan
9
Mar 20

Art & Soul: Picturing the Spirit Within

Weekdays by appointment | Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:30 pm

Admission: Donations welcome.

Most religions include a belief in the human soul, but religious artists have struggled for millennia with the problem of how to represent the soul visually. Join us in exploring six objects from Glencairn’s permanent collection dating from ancient Egypt to nineteenth-century England, including several sculptures depicting the struggle waged by the forces of good and evil to control the human soul. Visitors to this exhibit are invited to share their own answers to the ancient question, "What does the soul look like?"

Follow the Star: The Tradition of the Crèche
Dec
7
Jan 2

Follow the Star: The Tradition of the Crèche

December 7 - December 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
December 17, 18, 21 - 23 and 28 - 30, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
December 12 and 19, 11:00 am to 2:30 pm
January 2, 1:00 to 4:30 pm

Visitors to Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn can learn how Christians around the world have adapted the Nativity scene to represent their own cultures through a new exhibit featuring more than 30 crèches from 20 countries.

“Follow the Star: The Tradition of the Crèche,” which features Nativity sets from five continents, will make its debut from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 as part of Glencairn’s “Glad Tidings: A Celebration of Christmas.” The crèches will continue to be on exhibit daily through Saturday, Dec. 12, and from 10 to 3 on December 17, 18, 21-23, and 28-30. The exhibit's last day is Saturday, January 2.

Painting with Light: The Revival of Medieval Glassmaking in Bryn Athyn
Mar
21
Jul 25

Painting with Light: The Revival of Medieval Glassmaking in Bryn Athyn

Weekdays by appointment | Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm

Members’ Preview: Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20

Admission: Donations Welcome

The rich colors and exquisite composition of the stained glass windows made for Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn beginning in the 1920s have been inspiring worshipers and other visitors for decades. This exhibition tells the story of the dedicated group of artists and craftsmen who set out to recreate the splendor of the stained glass made for Gothic cathedrals by reviving the lost techniques of the medieval glassmakers.

Hinduism in Pennsylvania
Jan
26
May 31

Hinduism in Pennsylvania

Weekdays by appointment | Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm

Admission: Donations Welcome

Adapted from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s “Eastern Religions Come to Western Pennsylvania,” this exhibit focuses on Hindu practices. Pennsylvania has welcomed religious diversity ever since its founding under William Penn. Such pluralism did not expand beyond the Christian and Jewish communities, however, until quite recently. The objects in this exhibit illuminate Hinduism, and ancient faith still flourishing around the world today.

Buddhism in Pennsylvania
Sep
22
Nov 24

Buddhism in Pennsylvania

Weekdays by appointment | Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm

Admission: Donations Welcome

Adapted from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's "Eastern Religions Come to Western Pennsylvania," this exhibit focuses on Buddhist practices. Pennsylvania has welcomed religious diversity ever since its founding under William Penn. Such pluralism did not expand beyond the Christian and Jewish communities, however, until quite recently. The objects in this exhibit illuminate Buddhism, an ancient faith still flourishing around the world today.

In Company with Angels
Jan
20
Jun 9

In Company with Angels

Weekdays by appointment | Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm

Admission: Donations Welcome

The exhibit, "In Company with Angels," includingseven remarkable angel windows by the Tiffany Studios (c. 1900) is coming to Glencairn Museum!