Francke Foundations

The Francke Foundations are a unique educational cosmos in Europe. With their historical collections in baroque school architecture, their exhibitions, but especially their educational and social projects, they are far more than a museum. Founded with the aim of improving society, we participate in current social debates: democratic education, social participation, sustainable action.

Commemoration of October 9th

Livestream on the meadow in front of the orphanage

Vor der jüdischen Synagoge steht ein Meer von Kerzen. Im Vordergrund ein gerahmtes Herz mit dem Text: Unsere Liebe ist stärker als euer Hass.

On the first anniversary of the terrorist attack in Halle on October 9, the Francke Foundations, together with the Federal Cultural Foundation, are taking a stand with the victims and those affected. You are cordially invited to join us in commemoration.

The Cabinet of Artefacts and Curiosities in the Francke Foundations

One of the most beautiful museums in Germany

In the current summer edition of »Merian«, the Wunderkammer in the Historic Orphanage is one of the 60 most beautiful museums in Germany, and the publishing house Taschen is placing it in »Cabinet of Curiosities« in a series with 18 extraordinary collections in Italy, France, Denmark or Sweden. Visit the only completely preserved Cabinet of Artefacts and Curiosietes in Europe at its authentic location in the Francke Foundations!

Open-air exhibition of the transformation of the Francke Foundations since 1990

With energy and faith in God

The crisis-proof exhibition in the fresh air brings back memories: What was it like in 1990 when some doubted and many took action?

Berge versetzen

A year about the power of social commitment in history and present times.

30 years of the Association of Friends of the Francke Foundations and an incredible reconstruction story: Commitment can move mountains! Look forward with us in the Annual Programme 2020 to high-ranking, internationally renowned thinkers and speakers, politicians and activists. In numerous formats they offer the opportunity to help shape current social debates.

Die Vielen

For artistic freedom, an open society and its democratic design in respect, diversity and tolerance!

Logo »Die Vielen«

The Francke Foundations with many cultural institutions of the city of Halle are signatories of the "Hallescher Erklärung der Vielen".

Mission Ziegenbalg

Christine Bergmann und Stefan Schwarzer on a search for traces in Tharangambadi


Current exhibitions

Ahnentafel und Stammbaum. Historisch-genealogische Werke in den Beständen der Franckeschen Stiftungen

Kabinettausstellung in der Historischen Bibliothek

The holdings of the Francke Foundations contain numerous works of early modern genealogy, which, with their sometimes magnificent design and monumental presentation, are the focus...

16. October 2020 - 04. April 2021
Historic Library

Im Steinbruch der Zeit. Erdgeschichten und die Anfänge der Geologie

Annual Exhibition of the Francke Foundations 2020

Photos by the Canadian Edward Burtynsky, sounds by Dominik Eulberg and more than 250 rarely shown objects from unique collections invite you on an exciting journey through the...

20. September 2020 - 21. March 2021
House 1 - Historic Orphanage


Current events

Today, Monday, 10/26/2020

Playtime on Monday

Free time in the Krokoseum

2:00 pmChildren's ProgramHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage

Montags im Krokoseum: das Kunstatelier

»Earth without Art is just‚ eh'.«

4:00 pmChildren's Program

Regulars' table Language on Monday

Open offer of language support to practice German

5:00 pmAn Open OfferHouse 33
Tuesday, 10/27/2020

Grünes Labor: entdecken, erforschen, experimentieren!

2:00 pmChildren's ProgramHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage

Playtime on Tuesday

Free time in the Krokoseum

4:00 pmChildren's ProgramHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage


Bibel denken, teilen, meditieren, singen, streiten

5:30 pmTalkHouse 28
Wednesday, 10/28/2020

Persönlichkeiten im Gespräch

Gesprächsreihe mit Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug

6:00 pmTalkHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage

Playtime on Wednesday

Free time in the Krokoseum

2:00 pmChildren's ProgramHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage


Für Geschichtenverdreher

4:00 pmChildren's ProgramHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage