December 1st 2019 - February 2nd 2020
Nativity scene exhibition
lectures with concert and guided tours
The birth of Jesus as one of the high feasts of Christianity has been created by artists of all centuries.
This can also be seen in the nativity scene art: Loans from a private collector depict the variety of Christmas scenes. The newborn child may lie in a stable, in a cave or in a palace. There are nativity scenes that link the birth of the lord with paradise or deal with the entire history of salvation. Simultaneous nativity scenes, in which the Crucifixion can be seen in connection to the birth of Christ, refer to the beginning and end of Christ's redemptive work.
The idea of sacrifice comes to the fore when the newborn child lies on an altar instead of in the crib. The nativity scenes often depict not only the birth of Christ but simultaneously the worship of the shepherds and kings with many other figures.
It is surprising to find the wedding of Cana in some nativity scenes. Here the connection between the child in the crib and the wine miracle at the wedding of Cana is recognizable, where Jesus reveals himself as the Son of God.
The nativity scenes on display and other exhibits from the permanent exhibition of the Diocesan Museum St. Afra visualize the Christmas events in their deeper meaning.
The exhibition is accompanied by a Christmas programme for young and old. Guided tours for groups and school classes can be booked by e-mail at museum.st.afra[at]bistum-augsburg.de or by call +49 (0)821 31166-9931.
March 13th until June 14th 2020
Diocesan Museum St. Afra
Phone: +49 (0)821 3166-8833
Sunday/bank holidays 12.00-18.00
Closed on Mondays
Adults 4.00 € *
Reduced 3.00 € *
Family ticket 8.00 €*
Annual ticket 19.00 €
*Admission fees for special exhibitions may change
*Admission free on every 1st Sunday each month!
On request (+49 (0)821 3166-8833 or email@example.com)
Due to its historical structure the museum is only partly barrier-free. About 60% are accessible for wheelchair users.