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.

Open Hours

Founder’s Hall is now open for public tours.

General open tour hours are Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Please note that Founder’s Hall will be closed on August 26 and Sept 2)

In order to ensure a safe visit for everyone, Girard College has put in place new registration procedures and we ask you to reserve a free Thursday tour timeslot on Eventbrite.

Visits are available on other days by appointment by contacting Kathy Haas, Director of Historical Resources by email or at 215-787-4434.

You can also explore the museum on your own through our new virtual tour or join one of our guided virtual tours listed below.

Live Virtual Tours
August 17: 4:30-5:30
September 21: 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.

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