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 open for free guided tours on Thursdays from 9-2.

In order to ensure a safe visit for everyone, Girard College has put in place new registration procedures and protocols for campus visitors:

Please reserve a free tour time slot for your Founder’s Hall visit on Eventbrite. All campus visitors need to check in with security at the main gate.

Visits on other days are available by appointment; please contact Kathy Haas, director of Historical Resources.

Virtual Visits

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

Live Virtual Tours
May 11, 12-1 PM

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 Q&A.  Register on Eventbrite for Zoom call details.


Founder’s Hall has openings for two paid summer internships for rising college juniors/seniors: Collections Intern and Digital Programming Intern. These internships are offered through the Arts Intern Program of Studio in a School: see their website for program details, eligibility,  and application instructions.

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