The Library and Museum of Freemasonry

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Freemasons' Hall
Great Queen Street
London
Greater London
WC2B 5AZ
England

Website

www.freemasonry.london.museum

E-mail

libmus@freemasonry.london.museum

Telephone

020 7395 9257

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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.
Royal Arch jewel

Excellent Companions: Celebrating the Royal Arch

  • 14 October 2013 — 16 May 2014 *on now

Exhibition marking 200 years of the Royal Arch degree

Suitable for

  • Any age
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The ceiling of the Grand Temple, Freemasons' Hall, London

Starstruck

  • 15 May 2014 6-8pm

For Museums at Night 2014, the Library and Museum of Freemasonry is hosting a special evening display of the stars amongst its collections on Thursday 15th May from 6pm to 8pm.

Stars are amongst the most commonly seen symbols on masonic objects and buildings. Like many symbols, stars have multiple meanings. The five pointed star is an ancient symbol of good luck and good health. The Greek mathematician Pythagorus regarded it as an emblem of perfection or the universe. For Freemasons it denotes the five points of fellowship. The six pointed star is probably most widely recognised as the symbol of the Jewish faith, the Star or seal of David. Formed of two equilateral interlaced triangles, in Masonic terms this symbol is known as the Seal of Solomon and is the badge of Royal Arch Freemasonry.

From 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 15th May 2014, a special Library and Museum free pop up display will take place on the star-studded mosaic floor outside the Grand Temple at Freemasons’ Hall, London. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the magnificent ceiling of the Grand Temple, decorated as a night sky.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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