Christmas at Glencairn alert (2015)

Glencairn Museum presents Christmas holiday events Nov. 27–Jan. 10
Museum hosts special exhibitions, tours and programs for all ages

BRYN ATHYN, MONTGOMERY CO, PA—Glencairn Museum once again has planned an impressive array of programs, tours and exhibitions that present the wonder, beauty and joy of the Christmas story to entertain, sooth, enrich, delight and inspire those of all ages this holiday season.

This season’s schedule runs the Friday after Thanksgiving through Sunday, January 10. The Museum is closed December 14, 24 and 25 and until 7:15pm on December 15 when doors open for Christmas Sing.

World Nativities exhibition
40 unique three-dimensional scenes depicting the Christmas story from artists and cultures across the globe, many not seen before. Includes nativity created by Winfred Hyatt for the Pitcairn family in the 1920s, others from Glencairn collection and other collections, and this year’s Glencairn Nativity for the New Century created by Bucks County’s Navidad Nativities, inspired by the art and architecture of Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn itself.

Daily 12:00 to 4:30pm. November 27–January 10. Closed Dec. 14, 15, 24 and 25.

Included with guided tour admission; suggested $5pp donation for self-guided viewing with Christmas Traditions in Many Lands.


Christmas Traditions in Many Lands exhibition
Objects and images from the collection of the National Christmas Center and Museum in Lancaster show how Christmas was celebrated in different locations around the world during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Daily 12:00 to 4:30pm. November 27–January 10. Closed Dec. 14, 15, 24 and 25.

Included with guided tour admission; suggested $5pp donation for self-guided viewing with World Nativities.

Christmas in the Castle guided tour
Reveals how Christmas was celebrated at Glencairn when it was the private home of the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family (1940s to 1970s). Reservations strongly recommended for 45-minute guided tour.

M-F 1:30 & 2:30pm; Sat & Sun 1:00, 1:30 & 2:30pm. November 27–January 10. Museum closed Dec. 14, 15, 24 and 25.

$12 adults, $10 65+/students, half price Basic members, free for Gold members and children 3 and under.

Glencairn Christmas Sing Concert
8:00pm Tuesday, December 15, in Great Hall (doors open 7:15pm)

$10, free for Museum members.

Advent Art Workshop
With artist Susan Kelly von Medicus.

12:00 to 4:00pm. December 5, 12 and 19

$150pp plus $27 for materials; please book your spot with instructor:  

Homeschool Days: Christmas in the Castle
Includes Christmas guided tour and holiday exhibitions, a Christmas Art Quest and a view from the Tower.

9:30am–12:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday, December 8 and 10

$3pp, free for children 3 and under; please book your spot with Glencairn’s education coordinator: 267.502.2995.


MEDIA CONTACT: Joralyn Glenn, Marketing & Public Relations, c: 215.740.8722 o: 267.502.2987

GLENCAIRN MUSEUM, a National Historic Landmark and part of the Bryn Athyn Historic District (including Cairnwood, built 1892-95, and Bryn Athyn Cathedral, 1913-19), houses a collection of religious art and artifacts from around the world and serves as a museum of the history of religion. Glencairn itself, built in the Romanesque style between 1928 and 1939 by Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn for their family’s home, was given to the Academy of the New Church in 1980 after Mildred Pitcairn’s death. A public treasure, Glencairn Museum now offers tours of its tower and 6 floors depicting world religious history as well as a glimpse into the family’s personal life, visiting art and object exhibits. Workshops, concerts, seasonal programs and its popular annual “Christmas in the Castle” tour featuring outstanding examples of Nativity art are other ways to enjoy visits to Glencairn Museum. For more on the Museum or becoming a member: 267.502.2600, or