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. To visit The George Washington Masonic National Memorial and other attractions in Alexandria, use our Alexandria trip planner .
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  • October 1, 2017
    My wife and I and another couple decided to go to the Masonic Temple because we have been to nearly every other attraction in Alexandria over the years. I wish we had come before. It was a great way t...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    I was impressed with the collection of exhibits and the intersection of narratives about George Washington and Freemasonry in the U.S.A. The artifacts were remarkable and I was delighted to see the vi...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    The additional cost of access to the Observation Deck is well worth the money. The all-round views of Washington, the Potomac and Virginia are stunning. Don't miss out on this if you are anywhere near...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    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!
  • April 22, 2017
    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
  • June 26, 2017
    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.
  • June 3, 2017
    Great views. Excellent tour. Very historic site. If you are into history you have to see this place.
  • June 13, 2017
    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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