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.


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.

Exhibitions closed until further notice

In order to stem the spread of the corona virus, the exhibitions of the Francke Foundations will be closed to visitors until further notice. You are welcome to visit our exhibitions online!

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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Sunday, 04/18/2021

Halexa, siede Salz! Herkunft trifft Zukunft


11:30 amAn Open OfferHouse 1 - Historic Orphanage
Saturday, 04/24/2021

Der Stifter und sein Werk

Führung durch die Franckeschen Stiftungen - nach vorheriger Anmeldung

11:00 amGuided TourHouse 28
Saturday, 05/01/2021

Der Stifter und sein Werk

Führung durch die Franckeschen Stiftungen - nach vorheriger Anmeldung

11:00 amGuided TourHouse 28