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.

The Wiedmann Bible

Exhibition at the Canstein Bible Institute

The world's only known Bible to reproduce the complete Old and New Testaments in 3,333 consecutive images.

The Power of Emotions

Do feelings shape history?

Schwarz-Weiß-Aufnahme einer Demonstration junger Menschen, vor einem Wasserwerfer wird ein Plakat mit der Aufschrift »Liebe, Liebe« hochgehalten.

Fear, hope, love and anger - what did powerful emotions achieve politically and socially in the last hundred years? We invite you to an exhibition about emotions as a motor of reform and democratisation processes.

Alliance of Early Universal Museums

Members of the AEUM at the Annual meeting in Haarlem 2022 in the Oval Room of Teylers Museums

Professional expertise, provenance research and the development of future scenarios for the presentation and research of the unique Early Universal Museums: join the new platform for experts, museums and collections.

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.


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 - Historische Bibliothek

Francke in Transition

Join us in designing the new exhibition on the founder of the foundation!

View into one room of the new exhibition

We invite you to think along, think ahead and reflect on a new permanent exhibition in the Francke Residence.

11. September 2022 - 10. September 2024
House 28


Current events

Today, Monday, 10/03/2022

Language Learners Group on Monday

Open offer of language support to practice German

5:00 pmAn Open OfferHouse 33
Tuesday, 10/04/2022

Exchange Culture Francke

open meeting space for Ukrainians

9:00 amAn Open OfferHouse 37

Grünes Labor

Entdecken, erforschen, experimentieren!

4:00 pmKinderprogrammHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage
Wednesday, 10/05/2022

Besuch der Lesefee (online)

4:00 pmKinderprogrammHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage


Für Geschichtenverdreher

4:00 pmKinderprogrammHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage

Der Besuch des preußischen Königs

Theatraler Rundgang durch das Historische Waisenhaus

6:00 pmFührungHouse 28