Founder's Hall Museum Weekend Open Houses

Sat Apr 20 2024 at 12:00 pm to Sat May 18 2024 at 04:00 pm UTC-04:00

Founders Hall at Girard College | Philadelphia

Kathy Haas, Director of Historical Resources, Girard College
Publisher/HostKathy Haas, Director of Historical Resources, Girard College
Founder's Hall Museum Weekend Open Houses
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Explore Philadelphia history with special weekend hours at Founder's Hall Museum
About this Event
Join us for Weekend Open Houses at Founder's Hall


After being closed since May 2022 for building renovations, the Founder's Hall Museum is excited to be reopening January 3d. The museum is now self-guided, allowing more flexible visitation.

Regular visiting hours are Wednesday through Friday 10 AM to 4 PM, but join us for special weekend afternoon hours on March 2, April 20, and May 18

Housed in a magnificent Greek Revival landmark, the Founder’s Hall Museum offers a glimpse into the complex life of Stephen Girard, America’s first multi-millionaire, and illuminates the legacy of a school which he founded, which has fascinated Philadelphia 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.

Come behind the wall at Girard College to explore our monumental building and historical collections. From 18th-century decorative arts to civil rights photographs to ginger cakes, the Founder's Hall museum is full of fascinating history and quirky surprises. In addition to our permanent exhibit, our new changing exhibition space currently features an exhibit on science education in the 19th and early 20th centuries


Before you go
  • This open house event is FREE, and open to everyone. Advance registration is helpful for us, but walk-in visitors are very welcome.
  • Founder's Hall is a National Historic Landmark. The museum is located on the second floor and requires climbing a flight of stairs to view.
  • Because Girard College is an active school, you will quickly check in with security when arriving on campus.
  • Parking is available for free on-site; we are also accessible by several bus lines and are a half-mile walk from the Girard Avenue subway stop.
  • Check out www.foundershall.org for more information about our programs, collections, and online resources
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Founders Hall at Girard College, 2101 South College Avenue, Philadelphia, United States

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