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 to the public for free guided tours on Thursdays from 9-2. Visits on other days are available by appointment. Due to campus Covid precautions, visitors must pre-register for Thursday tours on Eventbrite. All Founder’s Hall visitors must must show proof of vaccination and wear masks while on campus.

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
December 16: 4-5
January 11, 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.

Internship Opportunity

Founder’s Hall is partnering with Arts Intern to offer a part-time paid Exhibition Preparation internship, assisting the Director of Historical Resources with planning for a new exhibit. The Arts Intern program is open to college juniors or seniors who reside or attend college in Philadelphia and have demonstrated financial need. Full internship details and application information are at Arts Intern.

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