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.

My Indian year in Germany

For one year, Mercy Rethna was with us in Halle as a federal volunteer. She worked on the website, lectured on India and was regular at the Krokoseum Children’s Creative Centre and the After-School Centre. On facebook she gathered a whole fan community around her posts about Germany and India. Read some of her topics.

Explore the Foundations with Suddenlife Gaming

Digital model project of the Francke Foundations is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation

Eine BEsucherin steht auf dem Altan des Historischen Waisenhauses und hörtauf Ihrem Handy im Audioguide Informationen zum Lindenhof an.

We are delighted to have received funding for an innovative education project that combines the digital and analogue worlds in the museum. In January 2021 we will start workshops with families, children and experts for the development of the WebApp, be there!

Information on closed and open areas (December 2020)

The Francke Foundations support the official efforts to contain the corona virus. Please find here the information which areas will be closed in December 2020 and which areas will be open as usual.

»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.

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!

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.

Mission Ziegenbalg

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


Current exhibitions

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

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


Current events

Sunday, 01/24/2021

Aktion Fundgrube - Stein-Erforschungs-Werkstatt --> entfällt

ab 9 Jahren

10:00 amChildren's ProgramHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage
Monday, 01/25/2021

Besuch der Lesefee 2.0

3:00 pmChildren's ProgramHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage
Monday, 02/01/2021

Besuch der Lesefee 2.0

3:00 pmChildren's ProgramHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage