Probošt’s Nativity Scene

Out of the entire collection, the one-of-a-kind mechanical Nativity Scene by the wood sculptors Josef Probošt, Josef Kapucián and Josef Friml is undoubtedly the most valued and admired.

In fact, it is so special that it was declared a national cultural monument in 1999. The entire assembly, including the mechanism, was carved from wood more than a century ago. Covering a space measuring 6.9 x 1.9 x 2.2 metres, it is made up of over 2,000 individual wooden parts.

It was restored during June 2015 and March 2016 with the assistance of the Hradec Kralove Region and finances from EEA Funds and Norwegian Funds under the auspices of a 2009–2014 scheme. The restoration occurred directly in the Museum’s exhibition area so visitors could view the restorers at work.

Documentary on Probošt’s creation