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

  • Mon 25 Sep closed
  • Tue 26 Sep closed
  • Wed 27 Sep closed
  • Thu 28 Sep closed
  • Fri 29 Sep closed
  • Sat 30 Sep closed
  • Sun 01 Oct closed

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Winter 2023/24 (04/11/2023 - 28/01/2024)

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

Immaculate Conception 2023 (08/12/2023) closed

Christmas Eve 2023 (24/12/2023) 15:00 - 17:00

Christmas 2023 (25/12/2023) closed

Boxing Day 2023 (26/12/2023) closed

New Year's Eve 2023 (31/12/2023) 15:00 - 17:00

New Year 2024 (01/01/2024) closed

Epiphany 2024 (06/01/2024) 15:00 - 17:00


free admission

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The Nativity Scene Museum at the Muri-Gries Monastery stays open only during the winter months from November 2023 to January 2024, also on Christmas Eve.

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

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