Our presepio depicts the birth of Christ amidst traditional 16th-century Italian village life. It is made up of dozens of figurines and vignettes, sculpted by artists and collected as a set.

Italian, Neapolitan presepio, ca. 1700-1830, painted and gessoed wood, terracotta, fabric, and mixed media; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Wycoff; Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Presepio Tours

Free with admission


Want to know about our Italian nativity scene, the presepio? Ask an expert! We have docents ready to answer your questions every day from 1–3 p.m.

A visit to Carnegie Museum of Art’s Neapolitan presepio, one of the finest Nativity scenes of its kind, has been a Pittsburgh holiday tradition since 1957. See the Nativity through the eyes of Neapolitan artisans and collectors. Handcrafted between 1700 and 1830, the presepio teems with lifelike figures of humans, angels, and animals, as well as detailed architectural elements. The models are arranged to re-create the Nativity within a vibrant and detailed panorama of 18th-century Italian village life.