A magical world of nativity scenes that have been gifted to Brezje from all over the world. The museum contains over 500 nativity scenes.
The modern Nativity Museum is located adjacent to the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Brezje. Take a walk through the history of creating nativity scenes, learn about the meaning of individual figures and scenes and admire the various methods and materials used for making them. The museum is open year-round.
The first part of the museum presents the history of nativity scenes and the tools used for their production as well as the different types of nativity: Christmas, Passion, Pentecost and the Resurrection scenes.
The museum also contains traditional Slovenian Christmas nativity scenes, which, in bygone days, were set up for Christmas in a so-called 'God's corner' of homes.
In the continuation of the museum there are numerous nativity scenes created by Slovenians, as well as those from other parts of Europe and even other continents. Through foreign lands, by the light of the star which had led the Wise Men to Bethlehem, museum visitors are guided to the new part of the museum where a film tells the story of nativities during the war and in present times.
The new part of the museum is devoted to the placement of larger individual nativity scenes. Here, visitors change from mere observers and step into the world of nativities. The exhibition ends with reproductions of frescoes from Greccia - the first nativity of St. Francis of Assisi, illuminated through burnt lace that permeates light, creating a play of light and shade.
The Brezje Pilgrimage Office
Brezje 72, Brezje
T: +386 (0)4 537 07 00, +386 (0)31 371 440
F: +386 (0)4 537 07 50
Saturday, Sunday, from 9ap to 4pm
Accurate opening times of our museums.
In the interior atrium of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Brezje, a permanent exhibition of the work of the academic painter Nikolaj Mašukov is on view in the wide corridor of the monastery.
Pay a visit to Brezje's basilica to see the merciful painting of Mary Help of Christians and the work of the architect Ivan Vurnik as well as other Slovenian artists.
The Breze Path of Peace leads from Brezje predominantly through the forest to the Peračica waterfalls. It represents the coexistence of the natural, cultural and spiritual landscape.