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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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TripAdvisor
  • It's a true Dan Brown type of attraction but being a 'Lewis' was interested in visiting to discover some more. It is brilliant with some fascinating exhibits. Worth a visit and free to do so. Don't be...  more »
  • It is worth visiting this small museum on Freemasonry. The staff is very friendly and they will solve you any queries you may have.
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  • Well I pass this place often , so it was about time to investigate what the funny handshake brigade had to say for themselves ! There were two gents on hand to answer any questions upon entering. Plen...  more »
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  • A tricky find from the main precinct, but friendly staff and interesting rotating exhibits.
  • Well worth a visit even if you are not a freemason
  • Needs better signage to the museum.
  • Very interesting and informative.
  • Really enjoyed rolling up my trouser leg And doing a jolly good special handshake