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St. Nicholas Traveling Exhibit
Information, Hosting, Sample Floor Plan

The exhibit is designed for cathedrals, diocesan centers, mid-sized and small museums, and other appropriate venues. The breadth of subject makes it appealing in all seasons. Do let us know if you are interested—and please encourage your local or regional cathedral or museum to consider hosting Who Is St. Nicholas?

Discovering the Truth about Santa Claus
French artifacts
Special collection of French artifacts
Floor Plan
Click for larger sample floor plan


The exhibit tells St. Nicholas story. Artifacts (many unique and museum quality) illustrate his life, his relationship to Christian tradition, and St. Nicholas-related customs around the world.

This professional exhibit is festive, fun, and educational for all ages. It engages children through hands-on activities and special interest items throughout the display.

The exhibit is complete. All display cases, artifacts, activity supplies, and a publicity packet are included.

Exhibit Overview

Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus (title panel)
• Title & large statue
• Video introduction
• Nicholas the Saint (1 case)
• Tarkington Quotation with Sebastiano Mainardi painting

The Life of Saint Nicholas
(2 cases)
Stories & Legends (2 cases)
Faith Traditions (2 cases)
Celebration! (2 cases)

St. Nicholas Around the World (2 case introduction)
• The Netherlands & Belgium (2 cases)
• Germany, France & Switzerland (2 cases + pedestal)
• East European Gift-Giver (2 cases)
Wonderworker in the East (2 cases)
• Italy, Spain, Portugal & Beyond (2 cases)
• England & North America (2 cases)

Fine art paintings
from three traditions + a grouping of artifacts from France (2 pedestals)
Saint Nicholas, Central European Old Master, mid-1700s
San Nicola di Bari, Italy, 14th-15th century
The Life and Miracles of St. Nicholas, the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia, Alexander Bogualawski, 2003, large icon-style story painting

St. Nicholas to Santa Claus
(2 cases)

St. Nicholas: An Example to Follow (concluding 2 cases)
• St. Nicholas points to the Christ Child (creche pedestal)

Children's interactive activities
• Puzzles for the youngest visitors
• Rubbings illustrate Nicholas giving dowry money, visiting a family, and as patron saint of children
• Paper-folding miter-making + a take home sheet with instructions for making a full-sized miter

Hosting Requirements
• Space: 1200 + square feet total (could be in several spaces) or somewhat smaller if some units not used
• Duration of Exhibit: six weeks or more
• Publicity: advertisement, press release distribution, and contacts with schools, churches and other organizations of interest
• Personnel: docents present when exhibit is open, providing appropriate supervision for children's activities, keeping consumable supplies replenished, turning off lighted displays when exhibit closes, recharging battery power packs nightly
• Security: exhibit to be attended when open, secured when closed
• Power: electrical outlets for video display, one lighted pedestal, and recharging two battery power packs
• Storage for exhibit crates (270 sq ft)
• Professional transport (requires a moving van) and exhibit installation (cost depends on ease of access and presence of a loading dock)

Further Information
• Contact:
Cost subsidy for appropriate venues: we will work with you to help make it happen!

Saint Nicholas
Old Master, 1700s
Icon-style story painting
The Life and Miracles of St Nicholas
the Wonderworker

Alexander Boguslowski, 2003

San Nicola di Bari
Italy, 14th-15th century

Exhibit pictures from Chicago

Complete exhibit case photos

Artifact Photos

Publicity Materials

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