Masonic Temple, Philadelphia

The Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging is the premier masonic organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is one of the oldest Grand Lodges in the United States, having been established on 26 September 1786 by delegates from the thirteen lodges holding warrants (or charters) from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, a provincial grand lodge of the Ancients' Grand Lodge of England. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is the largest Grand Lodge, in terms of membership, in the United States.
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  • We went on the 15.00 tour. It was very interesting to see all of the ornately decorated room. You really don’t learn a lot about the Masons.....only that they are currently a service organization. If ...  more »
  • Only with guided tour for $15 but very nice. Beautiful large ceremonial spaces of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Enthusiastic volunteer who did the tour and told about the history of Freemasonry in Pennsylvania. His money's worth.
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  • This tour was amazing ! Loads of history & stunning architecture. Tour guides are members and can answer detailed questioned which makes the tour very informative and interesting.  more »
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  • An extraordinary experience for both my girlfriend and I. You will find inside more then 7 lodges (rooms) representing different architectural influence and time. From Egyptian to renaissance, oriental to classic, gothic to Germanic styles, the tour guide is really worthy. It felt like a museum since more than 1000 of years live through painting, symbols and architecture. My girlfriend who is not familiar with freemasonry love it ..actually, it was on a the nicest place we visit in the hole city.
  • An enlightening tour. It is worth the trip to travel all the rooms and get a glimpse of history, architecture, design, and excellence in all the small and bid details. Ask questions and interact with the guide so you can follow the tradition of the craft. "The right question always opens the right door". Be the architect of your own destiny by adding this destination into your trip agenda.
  • This grand lodge is THE most beautiful and elegant edifice I’ve ever stepped foot in. A room for every “house” in masonry. Brothers receive you with open arms, offering a free tour of the building if your in good standing of course “dues”. If your military you also get in free of charge. Three floors of just absolutely stunning architecture and a library with antiquities that’ll blow your mind!
  • This is absolutely spectacular a place! MUST VISIT in Philly. It's just a one hour guided tour but very grandiose and opulent from start to end. DON'T miss this!
  • and it was completed in 1873 (corner stone was laid on 1868). The Temple features the Masonic Library and Museum. The library holds President George Washington’s masonic apron. It also has the names and images of 14 Americans President who were masons. The interior is neoclassical style. The Masonic Temple which is also called “greatest wonders of the masonic world” has seven lodge rooms themed after ancient world. The Oriental hall is Moorish style and it is copied from the Hall of Ambassadors of the Alhambra castle in Granada. The Ionic hall has deep blue chairs, light blue wall, 24 ionic columns and a celling with signs of the zodiac. The Egyptian hall is copied from ancient tombs and temples of Egypt. The Norman hall style came from 11th century Rhine river valley. The Corinthian hall seats 400 members and has light blue chairs and walls. The Gothic hall or Asylum of Knights Templar is made up of hand carved oak. The Renaissance hall is decorated in the Italian Renaissance style. The Grand banquet hall has stained-glass windows and a enormous bronze statue of Benjamin Franklin. It will seat up to 250 persons. You can have weddings in the rooms of the Masonic temple. The entrance fee is $15.00 and there are a variety of discounts available. There is a rest room and a gift shop in the museum.
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