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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
Museo di Simbologia Massonica
Via dell’Orto, 7
Firenze (FI) – Italy
50124

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.

http://www.musma.firenze.it/
+39 055 220 166
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
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
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
Worcestershire Masonic Library and Museum
Masonic Hall, Rainbow Hill, Worcester UK
WR3 8LX

The Worcestershire Masonic Library and Museum possesses the finest collection of Masonic items in the English constitution, other than that belonging to the United Grand Lodge of England itself, which is housed at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons Hall, London.
The exhibits include a selection of engraved glass, much of it from the 19th century, and almost all of it very attractive to the layman, as well as of interest to the Mason. We also have a very large display of ceramics, including jugs, dishes and tankards, many of which are decorated with Masonic symbols and date from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. We have many masonic curiosities, including trivets, horse-brasses, meerschaum pipes, unusual gavels and other such Masonic bric-a-brac. Our curators have assembled a remarkable collection of historic medals and jewels, covering the Craft and Royal Arch, and a very large group of more modern jewels pertaining to Worcestershire Lodges and Chapters. There are several items of antique regalia, including pictorial and hand-painted aprons, some dating from 18th century France, together with a number of unusual items of Lodge furniture.

+44 01905 24971
Library and Museum of Freemasonry – London
60 Great Queen Street
London, UK
WC2B 5AZ

The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia. Items belonging to famous and Royal Freemasons including Winston Churchill and Edward VII are on display together with examples from the Museum’s extensive collection of prints and engravings, photographs and ephemera. The collection explores the different ranks, offices and branches of freemasonry. It explains some of the symbolism used, the charities set up, masonic dining habits as well as freemasonry abroad and during wartime. There is also a large collection of items relating to non-Masonic fraternal societies such as the Oddfellows and the Sons of the Phoenix.
The Library is open for reference use. It contains a comprehensive collection of printed books and manuscripts on every facet of Freemasonry in England as well as material on Freemasonry elsewhere in the world and on subjects associated with Freemasonry or with mystical and esoteric traditions. The collections include Masonic music, poetry and literature. There are a number of notable examples of fine eighteenth and nineteenth century bindings.
Staff are always pleased to help visitors with historical enquiries or to respond to telephone, written or e-mail enquiries and can advise about how to use Library and Archive resources. Staff cannot, however, undertake extensive research on individual enquiries.

http://www.freemasonry.london.museum/
+44 (0)20 7395 9257
+44 (0)20 7404 7418
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/
Australian Museum of Freemasonry
279 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, NSW, Australia
2000

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.

http://www.mof.org.au/
+61 2 9284 2800
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