Museum of Freemasonry

Museum of Freemasonry
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Who are the freemasons? What are their beliefs and traditions? Explore 300 years of masonic history at the Museum of Freemasonry, located in Freemasons' Hall, a landmark Art Deco building in the heart of London. Open to all, admission is free.

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum, Library

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm

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

Admission charges

Admission is free

Getting there

Find us opposite the corner of Long Acre and Drury Lane, only a 5 minute walk from Covent Garden or Holborn Tube stations.

The entire collection of the 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, World Cultures, Religion

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Three Centuries of English Freemasonry at Museum of Freemasonry

Three Centuries of English Freemasonry

  • 1 September 2016 — 31 December 2020 *on now

From future kings to secret rituals and hidden meanings: through the rich collection at the museum this introductory exhibition illustrates the history of English freemasonry since the formation of the first Grand Lodge in 1717.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.freemasonry.london.museum

Bejewelled: badges, Brotherhood and Identity at Museum of Freemasonry

Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity

  • 20 September 2018 — 24 August 2019 *on now

This exhibition brings together over 150 beautifully crafted masonic badges, referred to as 'jewels', from the past three centuries of English and international freemasonry. Each jewel tells a story as unique as the design itself.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://freemasonry.london.museum/event/bejewelled-badges-brotherhood-identity/

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.
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Decoded: Freemasonry's Illustrated Rulebooks

  • 8 February — 29 June 2019 *on now

Visit the new library exhibition at the Museum of Freemasonry and decode six iconic illustrations from the Constitutions of the freemasons. Open to all. Admission is free.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Website

http://freemasonry.london.museum/event/decoded-freemasonrys-illustrated-rulebooks/

Getting there

Find us opposite the corner of Long Acre and Drury Lane, only a 5 minute walk from Covent Garden or Holborn Tube stations.

Museum of Freemasonry
Freemasons' Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London
Greater London
WC2B 5AZ
England

Website

http://www.freemasonry.london.museum

E-mail

libmus@freemasonry.london.museum

Telephone

020 7395 9257

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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