Slide This Christmas marks the 800th anniversary of the nativity scene tradition started by St. Francis in 1223.
For centuries, Christians worldwide have treasured displays of nativity scenes.
Recently, we have been gifted with this life-size nativity, which has been displayed in downtown Columbus for 87 years. We are honored to continue this tradition by displaying the nativity in the courtyard of St Joseph’s Cathedral. Various choirs will be performing in the cathedral between 6-9pm from November 24th-January 6th, to help spread holiday cheer.
Click Here to see the list of choir activities
The Nativity at Cathedral Square
Slide Meet St. Nick! From November 24 through January 6, St. Nicholas will be visiting the museum on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9pm. Guests of all ages are welcome to come meet St. Nicholas and take pictures with him for a small fee. Come enjoy the festive atmosphere, visit with St. Nick, and capture the memories with a photo! Slide Feast of St. Nicholas On December 6th from 5-9pm, join us for a festive night with St. Nick! Get your picture taken with him and view hundreds of nativity scenes from around the world.
Listen to stories about Advent and Christmas traditions while enjoying refreshments.
Tickets are $10 per person, with a $45 family maximum. Children 3 and under are free. Click Here For More Information
A Museum For All
The Museum of Catholic Art and History is open to everyone.
Not only can devout Catholics further explore their beliefs and traditions,
members of other faiths, including Jewish, Protestant, Muslim, and Mormon,
have visited our museum to learn more.
Plan your visit today! Click here to view our open hours, see the Museum on a map, and view our contact info. Directions to the Museum

The Museum of Catholic Art and History was established in 1998 by a local parish priest. Its purpose is to preserve our Catholic heritage through art and education. The museum embraces liturgical art and secondarily any art that in some way tells the story directly or indirectly of Christ, Mary, the saints, and the history of the Catholic Church.

The museum also embraces art that helps reference Christian history and the congregations of the Reformation. The museum holds in high esteem the Jewish faith and preserves a significant collection of Jewish art and history.

The Museum serves a three-fold purpose:

1. Preservation of our historical patrimony in art, liturgy, music, paintings, statuary, etc.

2. Restoration of artistic and liturgical items to sacred use in the Diocese and as far away as the domestic and foreign missions.

3. Evangelization and education through the teaching power of art depicting the Bible, Christian History, Diocesan History, and the lives of the saints.

The New Museum, Broad and High


John Kohan on Sadao Watanabe