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, Heritage site

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.

Like most museums only a fraction of our collection is on display. We look after an extraordinary array of artefacts, many almost 300 years old. These include songbooks, ceremonial regalia and snuffboxes handmade by Napoleonic prisoners of war. Together, our museum, library and archive collections have been awarded Designated Outstanding status.

In total we have about 30,000 objects related to freemasonry and other fraternal societies, and we’re still collecting. The library contains a vast collection of nearly 60,000 items. These include books, pamphlets and manuscripts related to freemasonry and esoteric traditions globally.

If every box in the archive collection was laid end-to-end, the line would stretch from Freemasons’ Hall to Euston Underground Station and back. That’s 3.25km of documents, drawings, private papers, photographs and audiovisual material. The collection includes the records of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Supreme Grand Chapter and various masonic charities. It also includes archives relating to individual freemasons, lodges and chapters.

You can view material in storage by making an appointment. To access library and archive material, first you need to register as a reader. See our Research pages for more details.

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

https://museumfreemasonry.org.uk/north-gallery

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://museumfreemasonry.org.uk

E-mail

libmus@freemasonry.london.museum

Telephone

020 7395 9257

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