Current Exhibitions

Special exhibitions

»Mancherley Nutzen und Ergetzung« – Gardens at the Francke Foundations

Cabinet exhibition in the Historical Library

Gardens play a significant role throughout the history of the Francke Foundations. Once they served as farm gardens, apothecary gardens for planting medicinal herbs, and gardens for recreation and education.

16. April - 26. September 2021
House 22

Healing body and soul. Medicine and Hygiene in the 18th Century

Annual Exhibition of the Francke Foundations 2021

In 1721, the foundation stone for the children's hospital in Germany was laid at the Francke Foundations. The 300th anniversary of this event is the occasion for the annual exhibition in 2021.

02. May - 13. October 2021
House 1 - Historic Orphanage

Long term exhibitions

Grid view

Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities

3000 Wonders of the World

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... Detail

House 1 - Historic Orphanage

Historic Orphanage

A castle built for education purposes

Eine Gruppe Menschen steht auf dem Altan des Waisenhauses in der Sonne

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. Detail

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. Detail

House 22


Strength of the word

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

House 1 - Historic Orphanage


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. Detail

House 1 - Historic Orphanage