Moore Methodist Museum celebrates the season with nativity collection


By Anne Packard

The Moore Methodist Museum, known for its extensive, international nativity collection usually on display Thanksgiving weekend through January, will this year celebrate the season with an even larger collection, thanks to the generous donation of more than 100 nativities by The Upper Room Museum in Nashville, Tenn., which closed in January, 2020.

Anne Packard, curator, and Cindy Angelich, assistant curator, have been busy cataloging and photographing the new additions and are excited to share them with museum visitors. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, the Moore Methodist Museum is closed to the public, but Packard and Angelich have planned a virtual display so that people can enjoy the nativities from the comfort of their own homes.   

Each day, from November 29 through Christmas Eve, the Museum will post a photograph of a nativity and an accompanying scripture on its Facebook page so all may continue to participate in this joyous celebration of the Advent season. Each nativity reflects a unique perspective of the Holy Family based on its cultural traditions and native materials. Enjoy nativities created from recycled paper in Vietnam, Indonesian nativities made of balsa wood, and Kenyan angels comprised of banana stems, to name a few.

Packard and Angelich invite readers to like the Museum’s Facebook page, Moore Methodist Museum, to enjoy these daily reminders of God’s love and grace. They look forward to welcoming visitors in person in 2021 to experience the newly created Nativities Room.