It was packed well, easy to put together and nicely made. This was much taller that I thought (read the specifics a little closer?)...but it sure looks nice as a backdrop for my Willow Tree Creche that I put on my piano. No damage to the Christmas Story Sanctuary however it consisted of another card board box simply cut to fit wrapped around the manufactured box. Bought to go with my sister's Willow tree nativity. The base gives plenty of room to display the Holy Family, and a few of the animals.