Baroque school town and current discourses

Experience, encounter, information - in our extensive cultural programme we invite you to exhibitions, discussions, festivals and special nights. From different perspectives, we combine historical questions with the urging themes of our time.


The Cabinet of Artefacts and Curiosities in the Francke Foundations

One of the most beautiful museums in Germany

Im Animalienschrank der Wunderkammer sind allerlei Tiere in konserviert, auch Hörner, Panzer und Krallen.

In the summer edition 2021 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!

Our exhibitions are open!

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A Visitor discovers the Francke Foundations wiht he Audio-Guide

Please familiarise yourself with the current regulations before your visit.

A »Germany Cabinet« in Tharangambadi for the »India Cabinet« in Halle

We asked Asma Menon why, how and what she collected

Im Museum im Ziegenbalghaus in Tharangambadihat Asma Menon zwei Sammlungsschränke mit Kuriositäten aus Deutschland gestaltet.

»I experienced the people in Halle as very welcoming to strangers from a foreign culture. In the stores people helped me to read labels, they showed me how to stamp a streetcar ticket. I was with people who showed empathy. Life is not about the big things, it's the small gestures that build a holistic relationship.«

The Ziegenbalg-House in Tharangambadi

A Museum of Intercultural Dialogue

Blick auf das restaurierte Ziegenbalg-Haus im südindischen Tharangambadi und die goldene Büste Bartholomäus Ziegenbalgs

In 1706 the Francke pupil Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg became the first Lutheran missionary outside Europe in Tranquebar, India. An intercultural museum project is dedicated to the heritage and continuation of the common German-Indian history.



Details from the India cupboard of the Wunderkammer: a richly decorated idol box next to an Indian shoe and a doll

Discover the valuable collections of the Francke Foundations in our permanent and special exhibitions. Details

Cultural Monument

The frontage of the Historical Orphanage

Stroll through the spacious baroque school town, one of the most important educational sites of the early modern period in Europe. Details

Mobile Exhibitions

A woman visits the mobile exhibition Hallescher Pietismus und Reformation at the Representation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt in Berlin.

Once around the globe: In 13 countries of the world our mobile exhibitions were shown almost 100 times. Perhaps you will soon be showing them too? Exhibitions at a glance

Cultural Facilities

Custodian and Exhibitions

Im Animalienschrank der Wunderkammer sind allerlei Tiere in konserviert, auch Hörner, Panzer und Krallen.

We look after the collections in the Historic Orphanage and process your loan requests. Details

Foundation's Chaplain

Bible Mansard in the attic of the Francke's Home

Conversations, devotions, educational and pastoral accompaniment - the foundation's chaplain invites you to the biblical mansard and also visits you on request. Contact

Current Events


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Wednesday, 10/05/2022

Der Besuch des preußischen Königs

Theatraler Rundgang durch das Historische Waisenhaus

6:00 pmFührungHaus 28
Thursday, 10/06/2022

The Power of Emotions. Germany 19/19

Exhibition opening with the curator

6:00 pmVortrag
Friday, 10/07/2022

Der hallesche ›Wunderschatz‹ von 1625 – Sammelleidenschaft im Zeitalter der europäischen Kunst- und Wunderkammern

Public lecture by Dr. Berit Wagner (Frankfurt/Main)

6:30 pmVortragHaus 1 - Historisches Waisenhaus