The Reformation: Storehouse of Knowledge
Exhibition to begin the Reformation Jubileeread more
The collections and exhibitions at the Historic Orphanage are curated by the Exhibition Office. Including the Cabinet of Art and Natural History it houses three of the Francke Foundations’ valuable historical collections. The Exhibition Office coordinates the conservation and management of the collections and is the primary contact for loan requests.
The Exhibition Office supervises three permanent exhibitions, one annual exhibition and various temporary exhibitions in the Historic Orphanage and Francke’s Home. It is the primary contact for collectors, experts and restorers.
In order to tell the story of the Francke Foundations outside Halle, too, traveling exhibitions have been developed in cooperation with various partners, which are on loan free of charge.
300 years ago the Lutheran Pietist August Hermann Francke (1663-1727) founded a home for orphans and the poor outside the town walls of Halle. Motivated by Pietist reverence, Francke's Foundations set an example of practical charity that confronted the social problems of the time. Due to its pedagogical work and religious education the Halle orphanage gained a reputation as a “New Jerusalem” across the world. Teachers, doctors and missionaries spread the word of Francke's reform plans and left enduring marks in many European countries, the USA and India. The first Protestant mission, Christian social welfare work in Germany, German Realschule intermediary schools, millions of bibles and a number of familiar Protestant hymns have their roots in the Francke Foundations.
With their own valuable museum collections, library, archive and educational institutions the Francke Foundations are now a lively cultural and educational cosmos on the original historical site.
The exhibition consists of 20 banners with excellent quality prints in colour, combined with short explanatory texts, and is easy to transport, assemble and display.
Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1711-1787). Patriarch of the North American Lutheran Church
Halle Pietism played a highly influential role in North American religious history. One of the most influential German-speaking families in American history connected with the Francke Foundations in Halle are the Muhlenbergs. The exhibition(PDF, 476 kB) presents Henry Melchior Muhlenbergs early years of study and work as a pastor in Germany and shows his impact to the religious and political history of North America in the late 18. century.
The exhibition consists of 21 banners with excellent quality prints in colour, combined with short explanatory texts, and is easy to transport, assemble and display.
The Cabinet of Artefacts and Curiosities in the Francke Foundations in Halle is considered to be Germany's oldest museum. The collection was started in 1698 by August Hermann Francke for teaching purposes and today the original museum concept of the 18th century has been re-created in its original location in the mansard of the Historical Orphanage. Eighteen richly decorated display cabinets accommodate the collection of around 3000 naturalia, curiosities and artefacts from all over the world. In contrast to modern museums, the Cabinet reflects an encyclopaedic collection, distinguishing between naturalia and artefacts. The aim was to create a mirror image of the world: a micro-cosmos which was meant to make tangible the macro-cosmos as God's miraculous creation.
To give an unique impression of this baroque cabinet of curiosities, the Francke Foundations have produced a photo panel exhibition that not only honours August Hermann Francke's great pietistic social and educational work but also demonstrates his wide-reaching global network.
The travelling exhibition(PDF, 530 kB) consists of 20 panels with excellent quality large-scale photo prints in colour. Instead of explanatory text visitors are provided with an accompanying brochure, which contains detailed information on each display cabinet.
The exhibition is easy to transport, assemble and display.