Class Visits

Founder’s Hall welcomes school groups of all grade levels, from elementary through post-collegiate, for tours and activities in our collections. Visits can include a general museum tour or focus on a specific topic, such as an architectural tour of the monumental Founder’s Hall building, tracing the fate of yellow fever victims from 1793, puzzling through an escape room based on original documents from the war of 1812, or learning about the 1968 desegregation of Girard College and the civil rights movement in Philadelphia. Visits can also be customized to meet the needs of specific classes, drawing from any topic in the collections collection.

To arrange a tour or presentation for students, please contact Kathy Haas, Director of Historical Resources. Student tours are $5/student and full information about visiting the museum can be found under Plan Your Visit.

Classroom Resources

Founder’s Hall offers educator resources designed to help students and teachers engage with topics raised by Girard College’s history and collections and to gain knowledge and skills through examining primary source documents. Lesson plans can be done completely independently or can be used as preparation or follow-up to a visit to Founder’s Hall.

Desegregation of Girard College

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Student Research

Founder’s Hall welcomes all researchers, including students and teachers, and is a proud partner organization of National History Day Philly. See the Research and Catalogs and Digital Resources pages for more information.