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Orizzonti Massonici
Castello di Compiano
Via Marco Rossi Sidoli, 15
Compiano (PR) – Italy
43053

From July 2002 the castle houses “Orizzonti Massonici”, the first and only International Masonic Museum of its kind in Italy. The three rooms dedicated to this museum display precious relics, medals, paintings and commendations belonging to English 18th and 19th century Masonic symbolism. These items conceal stories of brotherhood and agreements which overcome political, religious or ethnic identities. One of the rooms, known as Room 33 and curated by the Grand Orient of Italy, based at Palazzo Giustiniani, contains Italian relics and symbols.

+39 0525 825541
Institut Maçonnique de France

Créé en octobre 2002 par neuf Obédiences partenaires, l’Institut Maçonnique de France (IMF) a pour objet essentiel de redécouvrir, d’approfondir et de faire mieux connaître à tous les publics intéressés – maçonniques ou non – les valeurs culturelles et éthiques de la Franc-Maçonnerie, à travers son patrimoine historique, littéraire et artistique.
Constitué et administré avec l’appui des Obédiences mais dans l’indépendance scientifique, administré et animé par des spécialistes, des chercheurs confirmés dans ces domaines, l’IMF a pour double vocation d’être à la fois une fondation pour la culture maçonnique et un centre d’études et de recherches.

http://www.i-m-f.fr/
Musée de la Maison des Maçons
12, rue de Christine de Pisan
Paris – France
75017

Le Musée de la Maison des Maçons – musée maçonnique de la Grande Loge Nationale Française – est heureux et fier de présenter grâce à internet une part importante de ses collections, non seulement aux Francs-Maçons mais aussi au grand public. Les uns et les autres pourront ainsi découvrir ou redécouvrir la réalité de la Franc-Maçonnerie, de son histoire et de sa culture.
Une première partie du site – la vitrine – permet au visiteur pressé de découvrir quelques unes des pièces les plus belles et les plus significatives du musée maçonnique de la G.L.N.F.
La visite du Musée virtuel permet de mieux appréhender la Franc-Maçonnerie en sept étapes : le Franc-Maçon, la Loge, le cheminement du Maçon, l’agape, la vie profane, les oeuvres d’art maçonniques et enfin la bibliothèque.

http://www.glnf-musee.fr/
Phoenixmasonry – Masonic Museum and Library

This museum was established to bring to the Brethren and the visiting public the rich heritage of Masonic Artifacts and Collectibles that were created and produced to commemorate many special Masonic events. Lodge Dedications – Cornerstone Layings, Anniversaries, Officer Installations, State and National Conventions were all marked and remembered by these presentation pieces which were made in glass, china, porcelain, wood, metals, coins and medallions. They were given away or sold as fundraisers to those friends, family and brethren who were in attendance. These artifacts are truly symbolic of the perfection our forefathers strived to achieve in their daily lives.

http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/
Henry Wilson Coil
1111 California Street
San Francisco, CA
United States
94108

The Henry Wilson Coil Library & Museum of Freemasonry is named after noted Masonic author and Brother Henry Wilson Coil.

The author of eight books, Coil’s most notable work is Coil’s Masonic Encyclopedia (1961, revised in 1996), the last well-known Masonic encyclopedia published by an American author.
Founded in 1996 with a generous contribution from Henry Wilson Coil, Jr., the library and museum collections and archives cover centuries of Masonic history as well as more than 150 years of Freemasonry in California.
The museum contains a large collection of rare items pertaining to Freemasonry around the world: aprons, medallions, collars, sashes, earthenware, silverware, photographs, paintings, and patents, to name a few.
The fraternity’s material culture is distinct and its artistry reveals the various times in which the museum’s pieces were made.
Our virtual exhibits tell many stories, with a particular focus on the Masonic influence on the development of the state of California.

http://www.masonicheritage.org/
+1 (415) 292 9137
Meriden Masonic History Museum
112 E Main St
Meriden, CT
United States
06450

Preserving and sustaining the rich heritage of Freemasonry in Connecticut. Open to all, the Meriden Masonic History Museum houses a growing collection of artifacts that reveal the story of Freemasonry in southern New England. Inside one of Connecticut’s finest temples visitors discover the incredible scope of a fraternity woven into the American past and the local landscape.

+1 203 599 5512
DeMoulin Museum
DeMoulin Museum, 110 W. Main, Greenville, IL
United States of America
62246

Dedicated to the founders, employees, and unique products of DeMoulin Bros. & Co., the DeMoulin Museum opened March 20, 2010 in the former Greenville American Legion building. The museum is famous for its large (and rare) collection of DeMoulin lodge initiation devices. Visitors can enjoy a hands-on experience with the Electric Branding Iron, Bucking Goat, and Lifting and Spanking Machine.

http://www.demoulinmuseum.org/
+1 618 664 4115
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
33 Marrett Road
Lexington, MA
United States of America
02421

Established in 1975 by the Scottish Rite Freemasons of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library tells the story of Freemasonry and fraternalism in the context of American history.
Unique in the nation, the Museum aims to be the “historical society” of American Freemasonry by collecting, preserving, interpreting and celebrating the history of fraternalism. We pay special attention to the history of the Scottish Rite and strive to serve the Masonic community.
The Museum’s collection related to American Freemasonry, fraternalism, and American history numbers more than 17,000 objects. The Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives research collection comprise 60,000 books, 1,600 serial titles and 2,000 cubic feet of archival materials. The Museum also manages an additional 10,000 objects and documents from the collection of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts under a long-term loan agreement.

http://www.srmml.org/
+1 781 861 6559
Belgian Museum of Freemasonry
rue de Laeken 73
Bruxelles, Belgium
1000

The Belgian Museum of Freemasonry fulfils the desire for openness of an association renowned for its discretion. The thematic and didactic display offer information likely to encourage reflection and aim to make the Masonic approach understandable. The Museum, located in a neoclassical building (Hotel Dewez), displays items: regalia, jewels, china, books from the 18th century to the present day. These bear witness to the historic evolution, activities, ideas and current structures of Freemasonry.

http://www.mbfm.be/
+32 (02) 223 06 04
Musée de la Franc-maçonnerie
16 rue Cadet
Paris, France
75009

Created in 1889, the “musée de la franc-maçonnerie” now has a public exhibition tracing the history of lodges in France and their contribution to the country’s history over the past three centuries.

This contribution extends to multiple fields: philosophy and politics, of course – from support for the Enlightenment in the eignteenth century to the Republican structures in the 1880s – aswell as religion, literature and the arts. The exhibition also examines the origins and range of symbols andrites, and explains the freemason initiation process.
Paralleling the educational function, the museum aim at showcasing iconic works: a magnificent fulllength portrait of the Comte de Clermont, Grand Master from 1743 to 1771; aprons that belonged to Voltaire and Jérôme Bonaparte, king of the short-lived realm of Westphalia; and the sword of Venerable Lafayette.
Visitors can also admire the most beautiful collection of eighteenth-century French masonic earthenware and magnificent regalia (aprons, sashes and collars), painted or embroidered with the emblems and symbols of the various degrees of the order. Scholars can peruse a few remarkable documents, such as the first edition of Anderson’s Constitutions (1723) and various extremely rare manuscripts.

http://www.museefm.org/
+33 (1) 4523 7409