Have you ever wondered how freemasonry started? The permanent exhibition, Three Centuries of English Freemasonry, offers enlightenment. It’s home to some of freemasonry's most important items from across the centuries.
Follow the story of organised freemasonry from its early days when in 1717 four London lodges met at The Goose and Gridiron tavern to form the first Grand Lodge. The three centuries that followed brought many big and small changes that saw freemasonry grow to the universal organisation it is today.
The exhibition includes the earliest and most important items like Anderson's Constitutions, which laid out the rules for being a freemason in 1723, and the Articles of Union, a signed document uniting the Antients and Moderns Grand Lodges in 1813. It is also packed with fascinating items like paintings, pocket watches and even the unique briefcases used by freemasons to carry their personal regalia to and from meetings.
If you didn't know what freemasonry was before your visit, you certainly will after you spend some time in this exhibition.
Free public Museum Tours are available for this exhibition every day. The tour includes a film produced by United Grand Lodge of England to help you discover what it means to be a freemason, shown in the Kent Room.
Audio guides in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese are also available for Three Centuries of English Freemasonry.