What springs to mind when you think of the Freemasons? Maybe building the Pyramids? Perhaps you think of how they supposedly brought about the French Revolution? Or maybe, like me, you think of secret handshakes and mysterious rituals.
The Museum is located in the United Grand Lodge of Freemasonry – an imposing and instantly recognisable Art Deco building in London’s Covent Garden, which dates from 1933. A surprisingly modern Headquarters for such an established group, don’t you think? It was built by HRH Arthur, Duke of Connaught as a memorial to the Masonic dead of the First World War. You may remember HRH Arthur of Connaught from a previous adventure.
Walking through the doors, you are immediately issued with a visitors’ badge. It’s not quite an introduction to ancient rites, but I suppose it’s a step in the right direction (which by the by, is up the stairs to the first floor and take the first right).
As is only fitting for a secret society, even one looking to cast off the ‘secretive’ image photography was forbidden, so I’m sorry I can’t share any pictures of the objects held in the museum. Speaking of the objects on display… well, I can’t really do that either…although the museum can shed some light on the background of the pieces, as, according to the saying
“The mysteries that here are shown are only to a Mason known…”
If you fancy popping along, the museum is open Monday-Friday 10.00-17.00 and admission is free.