The Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Museums, Libraries, archives and foundations Covent Garden Free
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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Venue name: The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Contact:
Address: Freemasons Hall, 60
Great Queen Street
London
WC2B 5AZ
Transport: Tube: Holborn
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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.