In the former dormitory of boy orphans in the Historic Orphanage one of the few completely preserved European cabinets of curiosity dating from the Baroque period allows us to experience an original eighteenth-century museum concept. Established in 1698 as the Cabinet of Art and Natural History for the instruction in the natural sciences in Francke's schools, its circa 3,000 natural history, today curiosities and artefacts present us with the world observed from a forgotten perspective. This comprehensive cosmos of knowledge from the Baroque period is arranged inside the original, richly decorated schowcases which the Altenburg engraver Gottfried August Gründler (1710-1775) created for this room between 1736 and 1741.
Unlike today's museums the Cabinet illustrates a universal worldview, according to which all aspects of life and all fields of knowledge are considered te be related. As a result, the single object recedes behind the overall image, which apart from the objects also includes the furniture, the room, the light and ingeniously even the visitor. Thus, the Cabinet imparted an idea of ??the inexhaustible variety of God's creation to the people of the eighteenth century as it does to us today. A Hungarian cheese, a Seychelles nut, a tattooed fish and all kinds of other remarkable objects are here to discover. From the ceiling hangs a mighty Nile crocodile, stuffed with straw. Together with the numerous artefacts from India and America, the Cabinet reflects the world-wide cultural exchange of the Halle Orphanage.
Information about the event
|Facility:||Museum/ Exhibitions | To the facility|
|Date:||Tuesday to Sunday and Holidays: 10.00 – 17.00|
|Location:||House 1 - Historic Orphanage (Franckeplatz 1, Haus 1, 06110 Halle (Saale)) | im interaktiven Lageplan anzeigen|
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|Costs:||6/ 4 Euros, under 18 years of age free of charge|