Ilse Renate Pürstl, Museum concept

The new design concept was inspired by the simplicity of Franz Xaver Gruber's life. Consequently, restoring the building's basic structure was of particular significance. The renovated walls, floors and window sills became important forms of expression.

Historic exhibits such as the intricately detailed figures of the nativity scene from the 18th century, Gruber’s desk and the old school benches - reminding us of Gruber’s time as a school teacher here in Arnsdorf - are showcased in the museum and offer exciting insight into the everyday life of Franz Xaver Gruber, the composer of the Christmas song “Silent Night, Holy Night”.

The “Silent Night Museum Arnsdorf” is not just a place of new encounters for visitors both young and old, but also a place to contemplate and experience tranquility.

Ilse Renate Pürstl
Museum concept


Max Gurtner, Curator

“Silent Night” connects me with my Christian tradition. At the same time it connects me with people all over the world, transcending religious and cultural boundaries. And the origin of this amazing melody is right here in Arnsdorf! Its creator Franz Xaver Gruber was a teacher, oragnist and sacristan here. The quaint village school still exists today, where the story has remained alive.
The museum and this website connect us with Gruber's world. My goal as curator is to understand the background from which this world-renowned song of peace originated and to share my intrigue with as many people as possible. Even today, its message has not lost its meaning. It celebrates the glory of God through the story of a child in need who became the brother to all the “peoples of the earth”. Clerical hierarchies, cathedrals and traditional masses possess only temporary significance when compared to such lasting faith conveyed in “Silent Night”.

I view our “Silent Night Museum Arnsdorf” as a “mustard seed” in the universe: small and modest, but full of life and endless charisma.

Max Gurtner, Curator
Silent Night Museum Arnsdorf