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.
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.
San Francisco, CA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paris – France
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.
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.
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.
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.