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.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht at the Francke Foundations

Paul Raabe Lecture on 9 July 2022

Blick in den Freylinghausen-Saal

The publicist and literary scholar, who lives and teaches in Silicon Valley (USA), invites us to reflect on what education meant - what it promised - and whether its renewal can come from the Pacific. Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker provide the musical accompaniment.

Solidarity with Ukraine

The Francke Foundations are shocked by the news that has reached us from Ukraine. We condemn the military attack on a sovereign state, the violation of international law and the escalation of violence and call for an immediate end to the fighting.

The Thalsaline. Halle and Salt around 1700

An online exhibition with 3D models of the salt boiling huts in the Wunderkammer

Screenshot of the screen with the 3D model of the large salt boiling hut.

We have recorded the salt boiling hut models from our Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities point by point from the roof to the foundation and transformed them into an interactive 3D model that makes the process of salt production visible. In a digital story, we invite you to take a tour of Halle as a city of salt boiling in the early modern period.

30 years of reconstruction

Memory and the present in the exhibition »With energy and trust in God«.

An der Rückseite von Haus 1 hängt quer über den Lindenhof ein Riesenbanner mit einem Foto von 1990.

Look back with us to 1990: What was it like when many people doubted the ruinous state of the Foundation's buildings and some found the courage to begin the reconstruction work? We asked contemporary witnesses and rummaged through our photos.

»Alliance of Early Universal Museums« is founded in the baroque Wunderkammer of the Francke Foundations in Halle

The Francke Foundations, the Art Chamber of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg (Russia) and the Teylers Museum in Haarlem (Netherlands) invite you to take a closer look at the Early Modern Universal Museums.


Current exhibitions

The Power of Emotions

Annual Exhibition for young people

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An interactive course on emotions in our everyday lives that opens up surprising spaces for play and thought.

19. March 2022 - 05. February 2023
Historic Orphanage

Pious Feelings. Images and Texts in Books of Pietism

Cabinet exhibition in the Historical Library

The cabinet exhibition allows an insight into the emotional forms of expression in the writings of early modern Pietism.

21. April - 06. November 2022
House 22 - Historic Library


Current events

Today, Sunday, 06/26/2022

Unerhörte Klaviermusik – Wohlbekanntes trifft selten Gespieltes

Im Rahmen des Musikfests »Unerhörtes Mitteldeutschland«

3:00 pmKonzert
Monday, 06/27/2022

Language Learners Group on Monday

Open offer of language support to practice German

5:00 pmAn Open OfferHouse 33

Krokoseum meets Graffiti

Grafitti-Workshop mit dem Krokoseum (ein FSJ-Projekt)

6:00 pmKinderprogrammHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage
Tuesday, 06/28/2022


3:00 pmWorkshopHouse 33

Grünes Labor

Entdecken, erforschen, experimentieren!

4:00 pmKinderprogrammHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage


6:00 pmGesprächHouse 28