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.
November - March: from 9am – 6pm
April - October: from 9am – 7pm
Closed on Mondays
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