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World Nativities


The figures in this magnificent Presepio, or Nativity scene, date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were collected over a period of more than thirty years by the late Elizabeth Anne Evans of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, during her annual trips to Naples, Italy. The Presepio is on loan from the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia.

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

Daily 12:00 - 4:30 PM
Closed December 11-12, 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. This year the exhibition features Nativities from the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Connecticut, and examples from Glencairn’s own growing collection.