Founder's Hall Museum

Stephen Girard – merchant, banker and landowner – was the wealthiest man in American when he died in 1831. In an unprecedented act of philanthropy, he left his fortune to establish Girard College, originally endowed to educate “poor, white male orphans.”

Housed in a magnificent Greek Revival landmark, the Founder’s Hall Museum offers a glimpse into the complex life of America’s first multi-millionaire and illuminates the legacy of a school which has fascinated visitors since the 19th century, became the focus of a key Northern civil rights case in the 20th century, and continues to educate youth today.

Walk-In Hours

Founder’s Hall visitation has been suspended until further notice. But you can explore the museum online through our new virtual tour.

Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Other times available by appointment

Kathy Haas
Director of Historical Resources
khaas@girardcollege.edu
215-787-4434

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