Church News and Events

Nativity Exhibit Shows Unity of Faith Worldwide

  • November 16, 2012–January 14, 2013
November 16, 2012–January 14, 2013
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

This year’s Christmas crèche exhibit features 31 different nativity scenes from 28 countries. The above is from Indonesia.

Once again nativity scenes from around the world are on display at the Church History Museum’s annual Christmas crèche exhibit. “Who Is the Child in the Swaddling Clothes?” opened November 16, 2012, and will be on display through January 14, 2013.

This year’s exhibit features 31 different nativity scenes from 28 countries including Malawi, Thailand, Ireland, Turkey, and Tonga. The nativities on display are from the personal collection of Yves and Kathleen Perrin. Extensive world travelers, they have collected crèche sets from an array of artisans and shops across the globe.

“This exhibit is exciting,” says museum curator of education Ray Halls. “It’s fun to see how people all over the world interpret the birth of our Savior in their own way and put their own face on it—their own version of the child in swaddling clothes.” 

The exhibit, supplemented by Christmas paintings from the museum’s permanent exhibit and Christmas programming on the MicroTile display, reminds us of our uniting faith in Christ.

“Most of these pieces are not done by LDS artists, but they represent a deep and abiding belief in Christ in any land, country, and culture. Belief in Christ brings people together and unites them,” Brother Halls continued. “This collection of international nativities testifies that the angel’s proclamation of joy can still be heard, for it resounds in the hearts of believers in Christ all over the world.”

This display is free and open to the public. The Church History Museum is located directly west of Temple Square at 45 North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays. The museum will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, contact the museum at 1-801-240-4615 or visit