The Kent Museum of Freemasonry, Canterbury

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The Kent Museum of Freemasonry, is a museum in St Peters Place, Canterbury, Kent with a rare collection of masonic exhibits of national and international importance.It tells the history of Freemasonry from its inception through to the modern day, which emphasis on Kent, its Lodges and their origins and has possibly the finest collection of Masonic material in the UK outside London. This includes the unique 19th Century stained glass windows which originally adorned the old Freemasons’ Hall in London.IntroductionOpen to all and located in the heart of Canterbury's tourist route, the Kent Museum of Freemasonry is a five-minute stroll from Canterbury Cathedral and close to the Westgate Towers.Entrance is free of charge, although voluntary donations are welcomed.The Canterbury museum hosts a rare collection of masonic artefacts and ephemera of national and international interest. There are items of interest to both the curious browser and serious student of Freemasonry including many with anthropological links to the City of Canterbury and the County of Kent. The collection includes a fine collection of Masonic paintings, unique glassware and porcelain, along with documents and presentation items. The extensive collection of masonic manuscripts, regalia and books covers all Masonic orders through the ages. Visitors will find a comprehensive history of Freemasonry, from its inception through to the present time, with special emphasis on Kent and both of its modern-day administrators The Masonic Province of East Kent and The Masonic Province of West Kent. Although situated in Canterbury which is masonically administered by the Province of East Kent, the Kent Museum of Freemasonry is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered under Charity No. 1163887 the management of which is in the hands of a separate charitable trust.
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  • It's a tiny museum but so informative! I did not have more than a passing curiosity about the history of Freemasonry -- most of it laced with a suspicion of secret societies. It was quite enlightening...  more »
  • We are two Kiwis in our twenties and absolutely loved visiting. We happened to be on a walk to Westgate Towers and came across the museum. We were met at the door by two gentlemen who were welcoming a...  more »
  • Just shot a Virtual Tour for the museum and found all the exhibits intriguing. I was amazed how much info there was there  more »
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  • Staff very welcoming, but sadly you won't learn any Masonic secret you can't already get on the internet though...
  • Very interesting. Informative guided tour.
  • Display is small but interesting and the people who are there are friendly and informative.
  • Really interesting museum. Everything you want to know about freemasonry and we're afraid to ask.
  • A tricky find from the main precinct, but friendly staff and interesting rotating exhibits.
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