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Do You See What I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes


Do You See What I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes features representations of the Nativity in a variety of contexts and media, including Christmas decorations, magazine illustrations, figurines, and other artwork from the collections of Glencairn Museum and the National Christmas Center in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Do You See What I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes features representations of the Nativity in a variety of contexts and media, including Christmas decorations, magazine illustrations, figurines, and other artwork from the collections of Glencairn Museum and the National Christmas Center in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Friday, November 24, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018

Daily 12 to 4:30 PM
Closed December 11-12, 24-25

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

Why is Joseph often shown holding a candle or lantern? Why are there usually three wise men, when the Bible specifies no exact number? Artists who depict the Christmas story rely on theological and artistic tradition, as well as their own imaginations. This exhibition explores the origins of the various elements that make up a Nativity scene.

Earlier Event: November 24
World Nativities
Later Event: February 10
Pitcairn Family Easter Scenes