RS bozen muri gries kloster
RS bozen muri gries kloster

Crib Museum at the Muri-Gries Monastery

The extensive crib collection in the quarter of Gries in Bolzano shows oriental cribs, Nativity scenes and Easter cribs.

The tower of the former Gries Castle is today an integral part of the Muri-Gries Monastery in Bolzano (Bozen). The building houses a real treasure: an impressive crib collection. But those who only think of Christmas now, are wrong. Beside Nativity scenes there are also oriental cribs and Easter cribs depicting the Passion of Jesus Christ. The first display room was opened in 1991, today, however, the cribs are spread over four floors according to their style and the year of making.

The museum exhibits old and new cribs, mostly produced in South Tyrol - artworks from three centuries. The so-called Lofferer Crib, a Nativity scene, is especially valuable and was bought from the Lofferer Farm in Gries. It consists of 67 clothed and very different figures, including Tyrolean citizens and peasants, angels, the Three Kings and two wooden carved sheep. The exhibition is completed by 40 folklore art figures. The Crib Museum is one of several crib collections in South Tyrol - the other ones can be found e.g. at the Diocesan Museum at the Bressanone Bishop's Palace, in Sesto in the Upper Val Pusteria or in Lutago in the Valli di Tures e Aurina valleys.

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Opening times

  • Fri 02 Dec closed
  • Sat 03 Dec 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 04 Dec 15:00 - 17:00
  • Mon 05 Dec closed
  • Tue 06 Dec closed
  • Wed 07 Dec closed
  • Thu 08 Dec closed

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November 2022 (11/05/2022 - 11/27/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 15:00 - 17:00

December 2022 (12/03/2022 - 12/25/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 15:00 - 17:00

Immaculate Conception 2022 (12/08/2022) closed

Christmas' Eve 2022 (12/24/2022) 15:00 - 17:00

Christmas 2022 (12/25/2022) 15:00 - 17:00

Boxing Day 2022 (12/26/2022) closed

New Year's Eve 2022 (12/31/2022) 15:00 - 17:00

January 2023 (01/01/2023 - 01/29/2023)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 15:00 - 17:00

New Year 2023 (01/01/2023) 15:00 - 17:00

Epiphany 2023 (01/06/2023) closed

Admission

free admission

More information

The Nativity Scene Museum is open only during the winter months from November to January.

Admission and guided tour also outside the opening hours by calling +39 335 604 9744.

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