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.

Museum Open Hours

Walk-in museum hours are Wednesday-Friday 10-4.
Other dates/times are available by appointment.

No appointment is necessary during walk in hours, but because Girard College is an active school, all visitors must check in with security upon entering the campus. Also note that Founder’s Hall is a historic structure and stairs are unavoidable to visit the museum.

Open Houses
Founder’s Hall will be hosting weekend museum open houses on the following dates:

  • Saturday March 2, 12-4
  • Saturday May 18, 12-4

Virtual Tours

If you can’t make it to campus, you can explore the museum on your own through our virtual tour or join one of our guided virtual tours listed below.

  • January 23, 12-1 PM EST
  • February 23, 3-4 PM EST

The guided virtual tours  feature a real-time walk-through of the Founder’s Hall virtual tour with Director of Historical Resources, Kathy Haas, with time for Q&A. Register on Eventbrite for Zoom webinar details.

Historical Campus Tours
Join us in-person for a guided walking tour of the Girard College campus to explore its history and architecture and learn about the ongoing work of the school. Register on Eventbrite.

  • February 16, 10-11 AM
  • March 20, 2-3 PM

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