The Seifert & Short Folk Art and Doll Museum is honored to again serve as both a hospitality and bonus site for the Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour. Refreshments, a place to sit and rest, and limited restroom facilities will be available.
The Seifert & Short Museum is located in the Greiner House built in 1829-30. The building has served many purposes through the years: the Radical Methodist Church, Madison High School, Adath Synagogue, the phone company garage, an artist’s studio, and a private home. It is an interesting structure-Greek Revival in style. At its center is a garage with a still working Macton automobile turntable. The rooms around the garage feature cherry wood cabinetry, a spiral staircase, a two story gallery with a 24’ arched ceiling, and in-floor hydronic heating. This is a one-of-a-kind building and is a dramatic reuse of an historic structure.
In the upstairs gallery is the Seifert & Short Christmas exhibit featuring over 800 crèches and nativities from around the world, over 800 Santa figures, and a smaller collection of snow people and Christmas trees. A twelve foot Christmas tree with over 500 ornaments representing the Seiferts and their world travels has also made it to the second floor. In the lower gallery there are over 1000 folk art and folk doll pieces from various counties. A continuing collection of antique bisque and porcelain dolls and some modern, but interesting folk dolls are also on display.
Margaret Seifert-Russell and her husband the Rev. Greg Russell are pleased to share this important historic building and its collections with both long- time friends and visitors to the Madison community. Come and enjoy.