The Maranatha museum tells the history of wood carving and Christmas cribs in the Valle Aurina.
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In Lutago in Valle Aurina, a tributary valley of the Val Pusteria, there is the Maranatha museum. Inaugurated in 2000 by the Gartner family, its name is based on an Aramaic term meaning “Our lord may come!”. In addition, in the valley it has always been a tradition to set up a Christmas crib in Christmas time. The Christmas tree and Advent wreath, however, are traditions that only date back to the 20th century.
The Folk art and crib museum displays folk art Tyrolean cribs that in part cover rooms and that are well-elaborated in every detail. Among the exhibits, there is also a walkable crib of 70 sqm, comprising life-sized wooden figurines. Moreover there are oriental and modern exemplars. Above all the entrance hall is worth a visit, as it is a replica of a Tyrolean barn, constructed of the demolished wood of the “Holzlechnfof” farm in Predoi, dating back to the 18th century.
Of course the crib exhibition is particularly popular in Advent, but the museum is open the whole year round to those who are interested in folk art and wood carving and who would like to admire the unique pieces of art exhibited in the Maranatha museum. There is much to see, e.g. in the artist’s atelier you can look over Lukas Troi’s shoulder, a sculptor at work. In the flower garden, covering an exhibition area of about 1,300 sqm, you can have a look at artworks of different countries. A separate room is dedicated to mask carving, an activity that has got a long tradition in the Valle Aurina.
Opening hours: all-the-year
from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to noon time and from 2 pm to 6 pm
Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm
6.00 Euros (adults)
family ticket available
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
phone: + 39 0474 671682 / 340 4592300, firstname.lastname@example.org