November 13, 2023

Press Release

Museum of the Bible to showcase hand-carved Maltese Nativity cribs

WASHINGTON – Museum of the Bible will host “Christmas in Malta: Winners of the 2023 Nativity Crib Competition” on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5:30-9 p.m. EDT.

Marking its third year, the exhibit is the fruit of a collaborative partnership between Museum of the Bible and the Culture Directorate of the Republic of Malta. This year, the top three Nativities from a national competition in Malta will be exhibited and become part of the permanent collection at Museum of the Bible.

For centuries, the people of Malta have celebrated Christmas by crafting elaborate Nativity cribs. These handmade scenes often show traditional life on the islands of Malta and nearby Gozo, bringing the Nativity into their own culture. Each is unique, reflecting the region and personality of its maker.  

The evening features an awards ceremony for the winners of the crib-making competition, including remarks from Dr. Alexander Farrugia, Director of the Culture Directorate of Malta, and from Jeffrey Kloha, chief curatorial officer at Museum of the Bible. Film producer Dan Wathen of Cooke Media will speak about and screen their new award-winning documentary, “Nativity Cribs of Malta,” before attendees have an exclusive look at the beautiful Nativity exhibit.

Tickets for non-members or adults are $14.99. Member or student tickets are $9.99.