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Masonic Temple

1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520 (City Center West)
215-988-1917
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Ranked #27 of 294 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Libraries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description:   The Masonic Temple is the church-like structure one sees on the northeast corner of North Broad Street across the street from City Hall.  Though... more »
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

The temple is beautiful and loaded with America Masonic history. It is worth a visit for anyone interested in history and architecture. They offer a guided tour on certain days and is worth the small fee to be guided through to understand the history of the Masons as well as the building.

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jo913
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Masons go back in my Dad's side of the family, so for him, I had yo see it. It was so beautiful. All the different kinds of rooms, and they still have lots of Lodge meetings there too. Really something to see as part of 'old' Philly'

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Uniontown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

As a newly raised mason, one of the main things I wanted to do on a surprise trip to Philadelphia was go to the Masonic temple. I was astounded by the beauty, detail, and charm of the structure. You could literally feel the history of Freemasonry in Pennsylvania around you. I fully recommend everyone to go here and see this... More

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's the Grand lodge of Pennsylvania masons. I was raised to the third degree,the master mason about nine years ago in this building. It is loaded with symbolic metaphors and sacred meanings. The Masonic message is the same as the Bible's. Its about love for one another

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Not many people know about this gem of a place, definitely worth a tour to learn a little about this secretive society and to see the impressive interior, each room/hall decorated in distinctively different style.

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The building attracted my attention, as it is quite large, all in stone, and has very sharp lines. They give several tours a day, for 10 dollars. The tour lasted approximately one hour and took us through all of the rooms and hallways of the grand lodge, each with different themes. The size of the rooms was one thing, but... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Impossible to do it justice in less than 1000 words ! Just across from the city hall visitors center. Venture to say 90 + % of Philadelphians don't even know it exists ! A true highlight , not to be missed ! Closed Mondays and free (donations accepted). IF YOU ARE READING THIS - DO NOT MISS THIS !

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Cold Spring, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Philadelphia's Masonic Temple is a very impressive structure from the outside, it looks like a Norman cathedral, but the interior is truly remarkable. Take the guided tour that leads from one fantastic room to another. There are weekday tours, except Monday, at 11AM, 2 PM and 3 PM. There are Saturday tours at 10 AM and 11 AM except during... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

When I visited this Temple I made them aware I was a visiting Freemason from the UK they made me very welcome which is part the spirit of Freemasonry towards a visiting brother Wonderful place well worth the visit, would recommend to even none Freemasons

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Masonic Temple is an impressive architectural achievement right across the street from City Hall. It consists of 7 rooms, each elaborately decorated in a different theme (Egyptian, Asian, Renaissance, etc.) Currently, the largest room (Corinthian) is closed for renovation. Visit the museum for interesting masonic artifacts including George Washington's apron and Benjamin Franklin's commemorative china. The hour-long tour usually... More

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