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 on your own 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

Upcoming Events

Thursday Live Virtual Tours
April 15, 4:30-5:30; April 29, 12-1
May 13, 4:30-5:30; May 27, 12-1

Join us online for a free live virtual tour of Founder’s Hall and its museum with Director of Historical Resources, Kathy Haas. The live virtual tours will be held over Zoom and each tour will feature a guided walk-through of Founder’s Hall at Girard College and its museum collections in real time within our 360-degree virtual tour, along with the opportunity for questions and discussion.  Register on Eventbrite for Zoom call details.

April 18 is Reopen House Day for Philadelphia National Historic Landmarks
Join us on Sunday, April 18, as part of the citywide NHL Reopen House Day.

At 10, 12, and 2 we will host Live Virtual Tours of Founder’s Hall  Register now on Eventbrite!

At 4 PM we will offer a virtual curator chat between Kathy Haas, Director of Historical Resources at Girard College, and Susan Glassman, Director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science, exploring the deep historical links between these two men and their Philadelphia landmark institutions. Register now on Eventbrite!

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