The Maranatha museum in Lutago in the Valle Aurina exhibits popular art, cribs and carvings
The Crib Museum Maranatha was opened in Lutago in the year 2000. Since then, it has again and again been extended and made more attractive to visitors. The word Maranatha is Aramaic and means "Our lord has come", the phrase may have been used as a greeting between Early Christian. The museum exhibits a very imaginative crib world in its inside and a beautiful Sculptures Garden.
In this garden there's a 500 years old pine tree trunk, a well and some chainsaw carved figures. One room is dedicated to the mask carving, which has its origins in the Valle Aurina. Here you can follow the art of carving from a rough block to a simple, but impressive and frightening mask. But the focus lies on cribs: small cribs from all over the world and cribs awarded at international exhibitions, several old, original wood cribs, a rare Christmas pyramid of the Erzgebirge, a Swarovski crib and a Neapolitan crib. At the entrance you can admire Tures Castle as a Knights Crib, the highlight is a crib with life-sized wood figures.
The museum has the form of a Tyrolean barn and was built of the wood of an old farm in Predoi. The Artist's Studio, in which the local sculptor Lukas Troi, one of the most talented artists of the valley, has been working since 2003, is used for various activities. Here you can watch the artist during his work.
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€ 7.00 per person
€ 15.00 family ticket
The Maranatha Nativity Scene Museum stays open every day all year round, the only day of complete closure is December 25. Guided tour for groups included in the admission fee.