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“Impressive building, interesting insights”

Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Ranked #277 of 1,842 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore 300 years of masonic history at the home of English freemasonry. Located at Freemason's Hall, one of London's landmark Art Deco buildings at the heart of the city; the museum, library and archive present the finest collection of masonic ceremonial objects and books from around the world. Learn about the symbolism and achievements of the freemasons. Join a guided tour to discover the unique heritage of the fascinating fraternity.
Reviewed 23 December 2017

The building is not old (1930s) but is hugely impressive. The massive Grand Master's chair and the Temple are two of the highlights. There is an emphasis on explaining the symbolism of Freemasonry, and some myths are debunked. It is well worth taking the guided tour, which is free, as is entry. There is a sameness about some of the exhibits, being maybe more interesting to visiting Masons than to the general public, but there is enough to make a visit a rewarding experience.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

I had extra time waiting for a friend and stumbled across this museum. It was very interesting and a nice display. very informative and the docent was very informative.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Took the opportunity to visit this pentagon shaped building with the Grand Temple in the centre . As soon as you enter you will be fascinated to see the long stained glass windows on either side of staircase.On the first floor is the Grand Temple & Museum.The Temple has seating arrangements.The ceiling represents celestial sky surrounded by richly decorated border with the arms of the grand lodge.The exhibition outside the temple displays the history & artifacts of development of freemasonry.You will find some unique ceramic,leather & glass objects made for the masons.It was a history revisited.

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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Thanks to authors like Dan Brown and others there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about Freemasons. I thoroughly recommend a visit to the wonderful building housing the library and museum in Covent Garden. You will get the chance to hear about the history and purpose of Freemasons and ask questions of a Freemason guide.

The visit is free, you have the choice to just look round the small museum and library or take a free short tour. I recommend you take the option of the tour as this is the only way to get into the inner sanctum and hear first hand accounts of what goes on there.

A wonderful building and a very rewarding and revealing account dispelling many of the myths and containing some surprising names of high profile people throughout history who were masons. Very enjoyable and worth a visit.

Thank Martyn S
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

Passed by this and thought I would pop in and see as the building looked interesting. There is a freemasonry museum and library.
The museum has many objects relating to the freemasonry and there looks to be quite a library.
The free guided tour of the building was very interesting - the only downside was that in the main chamber it was not always easy to hear what the guide was talking about.

Thank Sharon H
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