Exhibitions Online

Our digital offer for a tour of the Francke Foundations from the comfort of your own home

Welcome to the site of our digital cultural offerings! Here you have the opportunity to get to know the exhibitions and collections of the Francke Foundations from the comfort of your own home.

The image database of the Francke Foundations

Discover your favourite photos!

Ansicht des Eingangsbereiches in die Franckeschen Stiftungen mit dem Waisenhaus, dem Francke-Wohnhaus und der Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses.

Every year, the Francke Foundations' educational cosmos produces around 1,200 professional photographs depicting our work in culture, science and education as well as our numerous events. In our image database, you can browse through selected compilations, create your own collections and request images directly for your home.

Experience history digitally

from 3D model to digital rescue mission for children and families

[Translate to Englisch:] Grafik ein Krokodil mit einer Süprechblase mit der Aufschrift du zählst

The voices of things

The things in the Wunderkammer are threatened by oblivion. Tayé the crocodile needs your help. Be there and snatch the stories of his friends from oblivion in our web app game by game!

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

The Thalsaline. Halle and Salt around 1700

We have taken the salt boiling hut models from our Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities, from the roof to the foundation, point by point and turned them into an interactive 3D model that makes the process of salt production visible. The Digital Story embeds the models in the history of salt production in Halle with many sources and exciting detailed information.

New in the Online Exhibitions

Total Real. The discovery of visualisation

How do we approach the world in order to understand it? Around 1700, the theologians and educators August Hermann Francke (1663-1727) and Christoph Semler (1669-1740) left the proven paths of the school and educational methods of their time. Find out what clarity meant to them and what questions their legacy raises for the future of learning in our online exhibition.

[Translate to Englisch:] Kupferstich: Menschen unterhalten sich

On the beauty of literatur

This spring, the former reading room next to the Historical Scenery Library will be adorned with »beautiful« and entertaining literature: books from the library's collection that are particularly worth seeing and can be categorized under the genres of narrative literature, poetry and drama will be presented.

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Totally real. Filmic insight into the annual exhibition

Curator Tom Gärtig takes you on a tour of the annual exhibition »Total Real. The discovery of visualisation« Discover the history of school lessons and decide for yourself: How do we want to learn in the future?

 

Online exhibitions in retrospect

Overview of our past online exhibitions

Healing of body and soul
Medicine and hygiene in the 18th century

In 1721, the foundation stone for the first paediatric hospital in Germany was laid at the Francke Foundations. Our online exhibition sheds light on the medicine of Halle's Pietism, which was widely influential in the 18th century. 

A torn copper engraving of Moureau's Oedipe showing two people arguing.

Controversy. 
People, media, mechanisms in the 18th century and today

Quarrelling and bickering - there are always arguments. Enter the battle arenas of the 18th century, the marketplace and the royal court or the world of screens and sounds of our present day in our online exhibition.

Pious feelings. Images and Texts in Books of Pietism
A virtual book exhibition from the library of the Francke Foundations

The piety movement of Pietism sensitised believers to seek out their attitude towards God within themselves and to witness to it in the community. You can experience the feelings that were to be evoked when looking at the illustrations and reading the books of Pietism using selected examples in the online show.

[Translate to Englisch:] historischer Kupferstich von Noahs Arche

Forces of nature in old bibles
a virtual book exhibition

Floods, droughts, earthquakes, conflagrations, swarms of locusts - the Bible is full of stories of the forces of nature, which were seen as God's punishment and judgement. The cabinet exhibition shows illustrations of the forces of nature in Bibles from five centuries, including outstanding works of book art such as the illustrations from the Cranach workshop in Luther's September Testament and in the Complete Bible of 1534.

 

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With energy and faith in God
The Transformation of the Francke Foundations since 1990

In 2020, we showed the incredible reconstruction work of the past 30 years, which was only possible thanks to the joint efforts of a democratic society, in impressive photo installations on the foundation's premises. Monumental photographs of the period around 1990 on the buildings around the Lindenhof evoke memories. Accompany contemporary witnesses, protagonists and supporters on the path that made the unbelievable come true. 

Our digital tours

Experience the unique Francke Foundations with the Historic Orphanage and the Baroque Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities

The unique cultural monument

Until 1995, educational buildings based on the latest findings of the time, their architects and their educational programmes grew up on the grounds of the Francke Foundations. Start your tour with the half-timbered and stone buildings around the Lindenhof and in the adjoining commercial area. They vividly tell of the extraordinary everyday life in August Hermann Francke's school town in the 18th century.

Die Fassade des Historischen Waisenhauses

Digital Tour of the Historic Orphanage 

In our digital tour, we take you on a tour of the house from the exhibitions on the first floor to the Freylinghausen Hall - Francke's old prayer and singing room - and up to the Altan: the whole house is open to you.

Blick in die Kunst- und Naturalienkammer mit dem Weltenmodell und den historischen Sammlungsschränken.

Digital tour of the Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities

In the former dormitory of the orphan boys in the Historic Orphanage, the whole world fits into one room. That's because 300 years ago, the Francke Foundations' Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities was established to teach the children of the school town about the infinite variety of divine creation. Step into this unique early museum with our digital tour.

The treasures of the cabinet

There are over 3,000 objects in the Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities. We present some of our favourite pieces here.

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Das Waisenhausmodell in der Wunderkammer (Orphanage Model in the Wunderkammer)

Why was the model of the orphanage shown in the orphanage? Was it built as a toy, similar to a doll's house, was it a learning object at August Hermann Francke's schools or did it serve to illustrate the educational cosmos of Halle's Pietists during guided tours? Prof. Dr. Holger Zaunstöck took a close look at this special object.

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The women's carpenter shoe

Visitors to the Francke Foundations' Wunderkammer are always fascinated by the collection of women's shoes in cabinet 14, the clothing cabinet. Were the Pietists interested in fashion? And which woman's shoe was taken off her foot? Friederike Lippold took a close look at the »old Muscovite women's carpenter's shoe«.

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The India cabinet

The India cabinet in the Francke Foundations' Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities contains many different exciting artefacts. Our Indian federal volunteer Mercy Rethna is fascinated and explains how the objects are connected to her home country. In the film, she describes the hand fans made from palm leaves and a hand drum. How did she like the coconut as an exhibit?

The ray skin figure

There is an interesting and strange figure in the Francke Foundations' cabinet of curiosities. Is it an extinct animal or perhaps a man-made dragon? Museum educator Florian Halbauer tells us the exciting story of the figure and the strange way in which rays are worked.

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The Medina worm

Probably the most inconspicuous wet preparation in the cabinet of curiosities should not be underestimated. If the wrong medical treatment was given, the patient's life was quickly in danger. Thomas Grunewald knows the story of how the Medina worm from the leg of a South Indian schoolboy became an object in the animal cabinet of August Hermann Francke's Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities in Halle in the 18th century.

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The herbarium leaf of the great trembling grass

Today, biologist Cornelia Jäger presents us with an 18th century herbarium leaf from the plant cupboard. Where does the grass with the beautiful name, which does not grow wild in Germany, come from? What is so special about it that it ended up in the cabinet of curiosities and what was it used for? Cornelia Jäger enlightens us.

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The glass fibre wig

A scratchy fibreglass wig in the cabinet of curiosities is a mystery. Was it a prototype or was the model often worn in the evening in the 18th century so that people didn't set their hair on fire by candlelight? Helene Jung answers the many questions surrounding this special object.

The Ziegenbalg House

A museum on intercultural dialogue in Tharangambadi

The Ziegenbalg House

A museum on intercultural dialogue

This unique museum was initiated by us in Tharangambadi, South India, at the site of the first Lutheran mission worldwide, and was implemented together with many partners. Since 2017, a museum for intercultural dialogue has been inviting visitors from all over India in the house of the first missionary of the Danish-Halles Mission, Bartholomew Ziegenbalg. With a permanent exhibition, cultural education for children and many cooperations, the museum has become a lively place of cultural exchange in South India.

Europeans can only visit it in combination with a long journey. That is why we are now presenting in a film series how this unique project together with many partners in India and Europe has been successful. Vanakkam!

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Mission Ziegenbalg

Christine Bergmann and Stefan Schwarzer searching for clues in Tharangambadi

Before the Corona Pandemic, when traveling to faraway countries was commonplace, artists Christine Bergmann and Stefan Schwarzer worked in the "City of Singing Waves" Tharangambadi on the east coast of India. On the tracks of the Hall missionaries, they walked in the frenzy of smells and sounds, experienced adventurous rickshaw rides and sacred customs that meet modern capitalism. They enjoyed cultural experiences between temple and junk and the infinite abundance of textile and built ornaments.