Museum History

since 1975

A unique heritage


It is fascinating to learn about the history of the Dalmine Nativity Museum and the passion of its founder, Don Giacomo Piazzoli, for nativity art. The transformation of a former stable or barn into a museum dedicated to nativity scenes is a success story in the area of preserving and promoting Christmas traditions and nativity art.

The museum’s official opening in 1975 and its continuous development testify to its commitment to preserving and sharing with the public a unique heritage of crib works from different regions of Italy and around the world, covering a time span from the 17th century to the present day.

In addition, the wide variety of collections, including archaeological artifacts from the Holy Land, antique prints, postage stamps, holy cards and Christmas cards, figurines, photographs, Christmas music and sheet music, audiovisuals, a specialized library, and a historical archive, help make the Dalmine Nativity Museum an extraordinary place to explore Christmas traditions and nativity art in depth.

The dedication of the founder and his staff has turned this museum into a landmark in the field of nativity scenes, attracting visitors from all over the world and promoting exhibitions and temporary displays at Christmas both in Italy and abroad. The vision and legacy of Don Giacomo Piazzoli lives on through this wonderful museum.


Learn about the history, art and curiosities of the nativity museum