National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Bethlehem and Beyond : The Nativity Scene

Location: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Save

Date: Saturday, November 2 2019 to Sunday, February 2 2020

In 2016, the NCSML received a donation of a spectacular Nativity scene that is made up of nearly 1000 hand carved pieces. Most of the pieces were carved in Příbram, Bohemia over 150 years ago, and others were carved by Marie Wimmer between 1924 and 1934.

These whimsical and fantastic examples will be on display for the first time during the Christmas 2019 season.
The oldest mention of an exhibited Nativity scene in the Czech lands is from 1562. Although they were initially displayed in churches, Nativity scenes gradually spread into the homes of people and villages as well. Folk creators of Nativity scenes placed the scene of baby Jesus’ birth into the environment which surrounded their villages. They depicted reality and combined it with their ideas of exotic lands, animals and clothing.