Via Marco Rossi Sidoli, 15
Compiano (PR) – Italy
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.
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.
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.
United States of America
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.
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.
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.
Sydney, NSW, Australia
The Museum of Freemasonry comprises the Museum, Archives and Library of the Freemasons of NSW and the ACT. The Museum is a registered charity and has Deductible Gift Recipient status. The Museum is happy to accept donations to assist in its work. Donations may be tax deductible.
Firenze (FI) – Italy
The Museum of Masonic Symbols in Florence was founded for the commitment and the desire to convey to brothers the differences in traditions that have evolved over time, and at the same time be able to give the secular public a first point of interest and curiosity to the Masonic ideology and an in-depth knowledge of Masonic philosophy and ethics through the representation of symbols, which are the basis of the ritual and philosophic work.
The museum was deliberately disconnected from any ties to Masonic Lodges and political and religious ideologies in the area by the will of the founder and director, just to make as secular and apolitical as possible this exhibition, opening up and offering the opportunity to know a world sometimes unknown or considered negative, but to whom today’s society owes much as far as progress and improvement of human rights and social conventions is concerned.
The Collection on display comes from the passion and love of a Brother to the ritual objects and symbols etched, embroidered, applied, printed or engraved on these items. The Collection begun and continued for three/four generations of Masonic membership and is now presented and offered in Florence, where in 1731 was founded the First Italian Masonic Lodge, known as: “The Lodge of the English-people”.
In an environment in the historical centre of Firenze and a few hundred meters from the well known “Via Maggio”, where was founded the First Italian Masonic Lodge that met in a tavern and hotel. The premises and structures of that first Masonic Temple were built with beams of spruce forest of Vallombrosa.
The exhibition houses more than ten thousand objects from around the world. There are dresses, aprons, belts, glasses, bottles, porcelain, pins, ties, stamps, photos, posters, documents, books, diaries, registration forms, glass slides, magic lanterns.
Most objects can be defined as Masonic archaeology. There are in fact exposed objects dating from the end of 1700 to the present. The oldest object is a French apron from the end of 1700, buried during the Second World War to hide the Nazi-Fascists.
Many are the curiosities and peculiarities, every object has his own history, a meaning.
The core was collected in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, South Africa, France, England, Scotland, Ireland and, of course, Italy.
Upstairs are reconstructed in detail the Cabinet of Reflection, where one starts to take the first steps in Freemasonry, and a faithful and complete reconstruction, in its small Scottish Rite Temple, of an operating Lodge which can accommodate 15 brothers, with symbols and instruments of the three Masonic degrees: Apprentice, Companion, Master.
On the ground floor are displayed images and documents of writers, poets, musicians, painters, politicians, heroes who fought for their country: by the framers of the French Revolution to the legendary pioneers of the American West, by the protagonists of the Italian Risorgimento until famous movie actors like John Wayne.
The Documentation Center that collects periodicals, documents, patents and certificates of membership, Rituals of various orders and grades, movies, books, in various languages, will be available by appointment for consultation, investigation and study, for those who request it.
United States of America
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.
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.