The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria

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The George Washington Masonic National Memorial offers guided tours that provide an opportunity to learn about the history of the Freemasons and about George Washington, to whom the memorial is dedicated. Tours visit all seven floors of the building, and self-guided tours can be taken on the first two floors. You can't ignore the grand exterior of the building, which is fashioned after the lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the wonders of the ancient world. View the 5 m (17 ft) tall statue of Washington, dressed in his Masonic regalia. You can tour the building's rooms, which are a museum dedicated to Masonic history containing artifacts belonging to Freemasons of note throughout U.S. history, including a field trunk belonging to Washington himself, and the clock of death. Arrange to visit The George Washington Masonic National Memorial and other attractions in Alexandria using our Alexandria vacation planner.
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  • This distinctive, unusually-proportioned, building is a major feature of the City of Alexandria. Towers over Old Town, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial is visible from all directions fo...  more »
  • My dad and grandfather and uncles were all Masons. Mom belonged to the OES as well as grandma. The Masonic National Shrine is filled with history that is pertinent to anyone but especially to those ar...  more »
  • The silhouette of the Maçonico Temple on Washington reminding everyone that this Capital was erected under the principles of Freemasonry. George Washington and many other illustrious figures of American independence were Masons.
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  • It was awesome: two statues of George Washington, a museum and lots of mystical Masonic costumes and symbols to see, even a suit of armor, not to mention the highest view in the area. Very neat!
  • Provides interesting insights into our founding fathers, and the role Masonry played in their lives. Interesting for non-Masons, and I would expect doubly so for Masons. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took the time to give thoughtful answers to our questions
  • Amazing view and interesting history, even if you aren't the tinfoil hat type. Nice area, too, and easy metro access, but it is up a hill.
  • Great views. Excellent tour. Very historic site. If you are into history you have to see this place.
  • Attended a concert in one of the halls. Beautiful building, with great architectural details everywhere you look. Buildings just aren't made this way anymore.

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Where to stay in Alexandria

Old Town boasts a number of high-end hotels that provide easy walking access to some of Alexandria's most popular restaurants, bars, and attractions. However, these are not typically budget-friendly; those looking to save a few dollars should consider a hotel or motel located on Jefferson Davis Highway. Though not technically within the city boundaries, these accommodations are considerably cheaper and often within walking distance of the metro. Alexandria is also home to a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are located inside historical buildings.
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