The Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Attractions, Libraries, archives and foundations Covent Garden Free
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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Freemasons’ Hall, the eye-catchingly bombastic stone building where Long Acre becomes Great Queen Street, is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the principal meeting place for Masonic Lodges in London. It was built between 1927 and 1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in WWI. In addition to the Grand Temple, there is a library and museum, committee rooms and administrative offices. The library and museum houses a collection of Masonic material, accessible to the general public.

 

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Venue name: The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
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Address: Freemasons Hall
60 Great Queen St
London
WC2B 5AZ
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Covent Gdn
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Who else knew about this? I certainly didn’t, and so when I discovered a free public museum inside the HQ of The Freemason building in Covent Garden, I couldn't resist having a look inside despite being already late for an appointment.


The interiors is a grand, art deco affair with marbled walls, staircase and corridors with oil paintings of eminent freemasons adorning the walls and stone busts dotted around the place. A fitting headquarters for such a famous institution. 


Like I said, the museum, library and lounge are open to the public. The best is the lounge where you can relax in the cosy surroundings and sip tea in one of the throne-like armchairs plump leather sofas. It's really peaceful inside. The kind of place whee you can spend hours with a really good book and escape into a daydream. It has an exclusive members club feel to it even though it’s open to the public


The museum itself houses a collection of masonic material from documents, books, music, pottery, porcelain, glassware, furniture and more. It fits a lot into such a small space.


Informative and insightful as it was, I personally wasn't all captivated by it all. Thi is purely subjective and I'm others would find it more intriguing than me. But it is refreshing to see a large worldwide organisation open its door and be so transparent unlike many organisations around the world.


You’re obviously not allowed to explore every corner of the building, but if you’re keen on learning more and seeing more, the freemason HQ run daily guided tours (for free) every day except Sundays. 


You really can't complain about this place. It's free and centrally located. While not the biggest or greatest or most intriguing museum in London, it is still worth having a quick snoop inside.