Permanent Exhibitions

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Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities

3000 Wonders of the World

Ansicht des Bekrönungsmotivs vom Tierschrank in der Wunderkammer mit dem Kopf des Krokodils, das von der Decke hängt.

With the only baroque Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities in Europe completely preserved in its authentic location, you will experience an original museum concept from the 18th century in the Historical Orphanage.

House 1 - Historic Orphanage

Historic Orphanage

A castle built for education purposes

[Translate to Englisch:] Eine Gruppe Menschen steht auf dem Altan des Waisenhauses in der Sonne
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The oldest and most impressive building is still the centre of the school town with numerous sights and exhibitions. Here you can also enjoy the view from the balcony.

House 1 - Historic Orphanage

Library Hall Kulissenbibliothek

»One of the best libraries of our time«

It is one of the first libraries in Germany to be open to the public: like a baroque theatre of knowledge, the historical Baroque stacks welcomes you.

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Pietismus-Cabinet

Strength of the word

Education, individualization, social welfare: the most important Protestant reform movement at the beginning of modernity developed profound cultural-historical effects.

House 1 - Historic Orphanage

Tour through the Cultural Monument

300 Years of Education in a Unique Architectural Landscape

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A tour of the grounds of the Francke Foundations immerses visitors in the everyday life of August Hermann Francke's 18th century school town.

Waisenhaus-Cabinet

World change through human change

Nothing less than global social reforms: Get to know the turbulent and moving history of this educational project, which was already set up around 1700.

House 1 - Historic Orphanage