The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry houses one of the finest collections of Masonic items in the world.
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.
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 and Museum is the repository for the archives of the United Grand Lodge of England and the Supreme Grand Chapter of England and their predecessor bodies. The archive collections also include papers relating to buildings and sites associated with Freemasonry, charitable bodies associated with Freemasonry, some individual Freemasons, research papers collected or created by Freemasons and some lodge and chapter records. The Document Collection includes Masonic patents of appointment, certificates, warrants and charters and the Print Collection includes photographs, engravings and prints of freemasons and other individuals.
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry is part of the Museum Mile: 13 of London's most extraordinary museums and galleries stretching from King's Cross to the River Thames.
Open: 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday
Underground: Holborn, Covent Garden