Current Exhibitions

Special exhibitions

Im Steinbruch der Zeit. Erdgeschichten und die Anfänge der Geologie

Annual Exhibition of the Francke Foundations 2020

Photos by the Canadian Edward Burtynsky, sounds by Dominik Eulberg and more than 250 rarely shown objects from unique collections invite you on an exciting journey through the discovery of the Earth Age with a view into the present.

20. September 2020 - 21. March 2021
House 1 - Historic Orphanage

Ahnentafel und Stammbaum. Historisch-genealogische Werke in den Beständen der Franckeschen Stiftungen

Kabinettausstellung in der Historischen Bibliothek

The holdings of the Francke Foundations contain numerous works of early modern genealogy, which, with their sometimes magnificent design and monumental presentation, are the focus of the cabinet exhibition.

16. October 2020 - 04. April 2021
Historic Library

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

Francke's Home

The personality of the founder

Global player, visionary, economic expert: In the former house of August Hermann Franckes, you will come very close to the founder of the foundation and his diverse talents. Detail

House 28

Historic Orphanage

A castle built for education purposes

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