Musee de la Franc-Maconnerie, Paris

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The Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie (French Museum of Freemasonry) is a museum of Freemasonry located in the 9th arrondissement at 16, rue Cadet, Paris, France. It is open daily except Sundays and Mondays; an admission fee is charged. The closest métro station is Cadet.

The museum was established in 1889 by the Grand Orient de France as a cabinet of curiosities in the Hotel Cadet. It was despoiled in the German occupation of France during World War II but reopened in 1973, and in 2000 became an official museum of France. In that same year, many of its historical documents were returned from Moscow, where they had been held by the KGB after Germany's defeat in World War II.

Today, the museum presents the history of French Freemasonry through its symbols, grades, documents, and objects. It contains approximately 10,000 items displayed in permanent exhibit space (800 m²), about 23,000 volumes in its archives (400 m²), and a further 400 m² dedicated to temporary exhibits. Among the historically important items in its collection are Voltaire's masonic apron (1778), Lafayette's masonic sword, a first edition of James Anderson's Constitutions of the Free Masons (1723), satirical prints by William Hogarth (1697-1764), Meissen porcelain figurine (1740), etc.
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  • would have been great if more information was offered in English. But very interesting none the less.  more »
  • Expect to spend between 1-2 hours at this great museum. Despite the fact that it has only one floor (for not initiated members) to explore, the abundance of information, artifacts, and masterpieces...  more »
  • Free masons have always been interesting, especially after a lot of films like National Treasure and books by Dan Brown made them popular. This museum is dedicated to them. The museum is quite small....  more »
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  • Lovely little museum with history of free Masons in France . Exhibition section was well done.
  • A great museum that documents a part of history we didn't know about before.
  • The museum is not bad in itself,it presents the history of freemasonry with portraits and random objects,but in my opinion the entrance fee is too high for what's exposed.
  • Compared to the Freemasons Hall in London, this one is less friendly, smaller, just a few pieces and with no bookstore. Disappointed.
  • An enriching experience, for a Brother.

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