The exhibition of the Church Heritage Museum and the Diocesan Museum Freising (Bavaria, Germany) presents the traditional way of depicting the birth of Jesus Christ in
The exhibition of the Church Heritage Museum and the Diocesan Museum Freising (Bavaria, Germany) presents the traditional way of depicting the birth of Jesus Christ in the Alpine region and in Lithuania.
The gem of the exhibition is the Bavarian and Tyrolean Nativity scenes of impressive size encompassing hundreds of figures that have been supplemented and expanded throughout the decades and that are intended to localize the birth of Jesus by relocating it to the homeland of the spectators.
The exhibition encompasses 29 items (20 from Germany and 9 from Lithuania) coming from museum collections, churches, and private collectors. The oldest reliefs, paintings, Nativity scenes and sculptures dating back to the 14th century have symbolic iconographic accents, while the works of professional artists and modern pieces demonstrate the variety of interpretation possibilities of this theme. The exhibition includes the smallest (1/3 of a millimeter) nano-Nativity scene in the world by Vilnius Tech ‘LinkMenų Fabrikas’ of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and partners.
The exhibition will be open from 27 November 2021 until 29 January 2022.
The opening event will take place on Saturday, November 27, at 3:00 PM, at the Church Heritage Museum (Šv. Mykolo St. 9, Vilnius). Entry only with the National COVID Certificate or an equivalent document. Registration is required. To ensure safety, we ask the attendees to assess their state of health before arriving, wear protective masks and follow other safety requirements.
Exhibition tours will take place at 6:00 PM on December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and January 5, at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM on December 4, 11, and 18, and at 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM on December 26. A family education workshop ‘The Star Is Alight!’ will take place at 12:00 PM on December 4 and January 8. Tour and education workshop tickets can be purchased at the museum`s ticket office or via Paysera Tickets system by clicking on this link.
Church Heritage Museum opening hours:
Tuesday, Thursday–Saturday 11 am–6 pm
Wednesday 11 am–8 pm
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and national holidays.
Closing time is one hour earlier on the eve of the national holidays.
The project is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.
Sponsors: Archdiocese of Vilnius, Vilnius City Municipality, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, UAB Restauracijos Ir Statybos Trestas.
“Christmas in Vilnius” invites you to entertain and admire the events responsibly, while protecting yourself and others. For all safety and health reasons, you will be asked not to gather in crowd, to keep a safe distance, and it is recommended to wear protective face masks covering the nose and mouth.
Vilnius wishes you a joyful and bright waiting for Christmas!
November 27 (Saturday) 10:00 - January 29 (Saturday) 23:00
Church Heritage Museum
Šv. Mykolo g. 9, Vilnius 01124