Ancient Walls and Streets of Valetta, Malta

Maltese Cribs and Christmas Art Exhibition (16 Dec 2013 - 5 Jan 2014)

From 16 Dec 2013 To 05 Jan 2014

Maltese Cribs and Christmas Art Exhibition

Maltese Cribs and Christmas Art Exhibition

Type: Exhibition


The Malta Tourism Authority is pleased to announce the 5th edition of the Maltese Cribs and Christmas Art Exhibition, to be held at Auberge d’Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta.

A number of Maltese artists will be presenting an ensemble of Nativity cribs and a variety of artistic exhibits on the theme of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ in a multi-media exhibition, within the premises of the Ministry of Tourism. Each of these exhibits will bear individual designs by different artists both in the type of materials used, as well as by the creativity manifested in the works.

Opening hours are as follows:

Monday to Friday: 09:00 -18:00

Saturday: 09:00 – 16:00

Sundays: 09:00 – 12:45

Admission is free.

Closed on :

24th and 31st December after 1 p.m;

25th December and 1st January 2014 all day.


The tradition of crib making in Malta dates back to the early 17th Century when merchants and nobles used to buy Nativity Scenes from Naples or Sicily. The cribs produced today in Malta are varied and made up of a combination of material, whether papier-mâché, poliystherene, rocks, wood etc. Some cribs have mechanised figurines that animate the cribs. The main theme surrounding the nativity scene is typically rural and depicts daily life of olden centuries. Innumerable self-made craftsmen love to exhibit cribs in their own home, whether behind window or else behind glass doors. Others opt to go for something bigger and convert their garage or sitting room into an enormous crib that fills the room for the admiration of invited guests.

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