The Library and Museum of Freemasonry

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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry is an accredited museum with a Designated collection- one of the finest publicly available collections of Masonic material in the world.

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum, Library

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm

When the Grand Temple is not in use there are up to 5 tours per day at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Each tour will commence from the Library and Museum (or as otherwise instructed) and visitors are asked to note that photographic ID may be required to be shown before the tour commences.

Closed: Public holidays and the Christmas and New Year period.

Admission charges

Admission to the Library and Museum is free of charge.

The entire collection of the Library & Museum of Freemasonry is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collections illustrate the international, social and ethnic diversity of the membership including royalty, public figures, scientists and writers as well as the many millions of members from all walks of life. This diversity is represented by objects including an important decorative arts collection, photographs and documents.

The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia. Items belonging to famous and Royal Freemasons including Winston Churchill and Edward VII are on display together with examples from the Museum's extensive collection of prints and engravings, photographs and ephemera.

Library and Museum staff are always pleased to help visitors with enquiries regarding identification or to respond to telephone or written enquiries. There is also a large collection of items relating to non-Masonic fraternal societies such as the Oddfellows and the Sons of the Phoenix.

The Library is open for reference use. It contains a comprehensive collection of printed books and manuscripts on every facet of Freemasonry in England as well as material on Freemasonry elsewhere in the world and on subjects associated with Freemasonry or with mystical and esoteric traditions. The collections include Masonic music, poetry and literature. There are a number of notable examples of fine eighteenth and nineteenth century bindings.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Music, Literature, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Ceremonial gilt chair made for the Grand Master in 1790

Three Centuries of English Freemasonry

  • 1 September 2016 — 31 December 2020 *on now

Illustrates the history of freemasonry since the formation of the first Grand Lodge in 1717 using objects, books and documents

Suitable for

  • Any age


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Patron certificate

Healing through Kindness

  • 25 April 2016 — 7 April 2017 *on now

The Library and Museum’s latest temporary exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of the Royal Masonic Hospital. This first opened in late 1916 to take casualties from the First World War. In 1933 the Hospital opened at a new site at Ravenscourt Park in West London where its award winning Modernist building broke new ground in hospital design. It then played a role in the Second World War treating over 9,000 personnel. The Hospital and its staff were pioneers of many medical treatments and its nurse training facilities were renowned. By the late twentieth century the financial and operational challenges faced by the Hospital proved too much and it closed in 1996.

Suitable for

  • Any age




William Shurmur

Discovering masonic ancestors

  • 5 November 2016 10:30am-1:30pm

An introduction to available information about masonic ancestors both on line and from library and archive resources

Suitable for

  • 18+


Early masonic apron

Print your own masonic apron!

  • 10 November 2016 11am-1pm

An opportunity to learn how prints have been used in freemasonry and to create your own masonic apron

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets cost £20 per person inc materials


The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Freemasons' Hall
Great Queen Street
Greater London




020 7395 9257

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