Permanent Exhibitions

Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities

3000 Wonders of the World

The crocodile can be seen hanging from the ceiling with its mouth open.

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.

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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.

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Library Hall Kulissenbibliothek

»One of the best libraries of our time«

View into the Library Hall Kulissenbibliothek arranged one behind the other.

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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Strength of the word

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

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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.


World change through human change

The picture illustrates the buildings that surround the Lindenhof Courtyard.

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.

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