Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum

Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum The Bethlehem Cave is a replica of the cave where Jesus was born as it appears in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Includes over 600 Nativity sets

Operating as usual


We are open for business! Come visit our beautiful exhibit of Nativities from around the world and replica of the Bethlehem Cave In a safe environment.

Self-guided tours are available during these hours:
Weekdays 9:00-4:00
Saturday 3:00-4:00
Sunday 9:30-11:00
Visitors will be scheduled at one hour intervals to keep groups separated. Tour time MUST be reserved by calling 330-699-5086 or email [email protected].
Check in at office on arrival and before departing building on weekdays.

Safe practices are in place. Self-guided tour booklets can be found on the window in front of the office. Do not return booklets - they will not be re-used. Maintain 6 ft. safe distance. Hand sanitizer is available in building.

There are limited opportunities for a guided tour with additional times available than those listed above. Guide will wear mask and maintain safe distance. Advanced reservations are required.


Looking for a safe activity this summer? We will be open for self-guided tours! Check back soon for starting date and available hours.


One of my favorite parts of giving a tour of the Bethlehem Cave comes at the end of the tour. When we are in the cave and we have just said a prayer before the manger, I ask the group to join in a Christmas carol. The acoustics in the cave are wonderful. They begin to sing "Silent Night" or "Away in a Manger," someone starts to harmonize, and suddenly a group of strangers becomes a choir.


New donation of Nativities just arrived this week. Some are already on display. Keep an eye out the next several weeks as more are added to the cabinets.


Keep following this page for more information about our new event: "Christmas in July"!


Starting Wednesday Jan. 15, we will resume offering Mass in the Bethlehem Cave at 8:00 AM weekly on Wednesday mornings.


Keep checking this site for updates on special events in December.

Just added a new gallery wall.

Just added a new gallery wall.



Blown away by this Nativity scene rock stack on our beach

Rock stack by: Juan Cisneros


Guided tours Dec. 26-30 at 2 PM daily. No reservations required.

Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum's cover photo

Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum's cover photo


Just received a donation of 600 Nativities. Visit us this Christmas season to view a selection of new Nativities on display.


Breakfast in Bethlehem date is set for Dec. 8, 2018. Mark your calendar! Details to follow.


Guided tours are offered for two more days without reservations. Tours start at 2:00 Dec. 29 and 30. No fee, donations are accepted.


Tomorrow begins our guided tours, open to the public, at 2:00 everyday through Dec. 30. Bring your family and friends! No fee, donations accepted.

The flame from Bethlehem.

The flame from Bethlehem.

Peace Light in the Bethlehem Cave


Taking reservations now for Breakfast in Bethlehem. Includes guided tour, continental breakfast, scavenger hunt through hundreds of Nativity sets, and “make and take” activities in the Bethlehem market. December 2, 9:00-12:00. Email [email protected]


There is no charge for tours. Donations are accepted.


Guided tours daily December 26-30 at 2:00. Free and open to the public.


Guided tours are open to the public - Dec. 28-30 at 2:00 daily.


Visit the Bethlehem Cave and Marketplace

Visit a replica of the cave where Jesus was born, experience the Bethlehem marketplace as it might have been during the time of Jesus, and view hundreds of nativities from all over the world. An event for all ages at Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church, 2425 Myersville Rd., Akron on December 13, 2014 from 10-12. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by Dec. 11. Register by calling 330-699-5086 between 9-4 weekdays or email [email protected]. Please submit your name, number of participants, ages of children and contact information (phone number or email address). Free admission.

Questions? Post them here.


The "Bethlehem Experience", as an educational part of the tours for school and youth groups, will be offered during the weeks of December 2-15. There will be limited spaces available for this event. Please make your reservations as soon as possible.


An educational "Bethlehem Experience" will be offered to school and youth groups again this fall. There will be limited spaces available. More information to follow. If interested, please post to this page.


Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum
Guided tours available to the public at 2:00 daily Dec. 26, 2013 through Dec. 30, 2013. Tours are also available throughout the year by reservation.


The Friends of the Creche National Convention will be held in Cleveland October 17-19. Our Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum is an optional event available to convention attendees on Oct. 16. Bus transportation will be provided. After the tour of the Bethlehem Cave, lunch will be served at Nativity church, then participants will be taken to a private collection of nativities where a dollhouse collection can also be viewed.


Last day of the Christmas season guided tours - 2:00 today!


Guided tours


2425 Myersville Rd
Akron, OH

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 15:00 - 16:30
Sunday 12:00 - 13:00
Sunday 09:30 - 11:00


(330) 699-5086


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