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If you’re a proud Mason, you might be motivated to visit some of the most prominent Masonic sites in the US. And you would be spoiled for choice, given the many points of interest that you can explore in different states. But where should you visit first? Here are five of the most interesting Masonic sites to visit in the US.
1. The George Washington Masonic Memorial in Washington, D.C
Where better to start than the George Washington memorial in the nation’s capital. As well as being an active Masonic temple, the memorial is also home to a research library, cultural space, performing arts centre, digital archive, and a Masonic museum. You can visit the memorial for a public tour or access the library to read up on Masonic history and tradition. A must-visit destination for any Mason who finds themselves in the US capital.
2. Masonic Temple in Philadelphia
Often referred to as ‘one of the great wonders of the Masonic world,’ the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia is home to a vast array of impressive Masonic artifacts, stunningly decorated Masonic rooms, and unique architecture. You can also visit the masonic library and museum of Pennsylvania, which is located within the temple and is home to one of the finest collections of Masonic literature to be found anywhere in the world.
3. Guthrie Scottish Rite Temple in Oklahoma
The Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma, is an active Masonic lodge that is an excellent resource of Scottish Rite member resources. Whether visiting as a Mason or tourist, you can enjoy a guided tour of the fourteen artistic rooms within the temple, while learning more about the exclusive Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and how to engage with this intriguing degree of the Craft.
4. The Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan
Built in 1926 by architectural firm George Mason and Company, The Masonic Temple in Detroit is one of the most unique Masonic temples found anywhere in the world. A multi-purpose venue that houses three theatres, eight lodge rooms, two ballrooms, and many other facilities including a bowling alley, it’s remarkable for its opulent design and multi-use purpose. Be sure to schedule a guided tour to learn about the full, uncensored history of this impressive Masonic structure.
5. Masonic Hall in New York City
Situated in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, the Masonic Hall spans over an entire block and has been operating since 1873. Split into two sections, one is for commercial use, and the other is for Masonic use. Utilised by prominent Masons since its opening, it has been a hub of Masonic activity for centuries and is shrouded in intrigue within Masonic circles across the US. It’s well worth a visit if you’re heading to New York City anytime soon.
So, there you have it! Five must-visit Masonic destinations throughout the US. If you know of any other interesting Masonic sites elsewhere in North America, be sure to get in touch and let us know.