If the Freemasons are supposed to be a secret society then all we can say is they're doing a pretty crap job of it. With a museum, website and now a magazine, discretion doesn't seem to be high on the agenda.
One of the oldest frat parties around, the Freemasons have Grand Lodges from Colombia to Korea, but despite their newfound openness they're still a lot of intrigue surrounding their rituals. Perhaps it is this that makes this museum so compelling.
Showcasing a fascinating and well-presented collection of masonic artefacts, the Museum has been created for masons and non-masons alike. This perhaps would explain exhibits that, whilst clearly labelled, are often vague in description. No doubt such mysteries were decipherable for the elusive Mr A. Mason, whose visitor comment, "My name means truth" is as cryptic as they come.
From famous masons George Washington to Rudyard Kipling to Homer Simpson, submerge yourself into this previously closeted world. With its quiet crackly mid-week atmosphere, pretend you're off-limits and start in your own Da Vinci Code-style quest.
|Venue name:||Museum of Freemasonry|
Level 3, 279 Castlereagh St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm|