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Masonic Temple

1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520 (City Center West)
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Ranked #27 of 289 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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Uniontown, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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89 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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257 reviews 257 reviews
82 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
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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225 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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Orefield, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

You absolutely HAVE to see this place. It looks like some sort of a church outside but it isn't. When you get inside, it is palatial. The wall-to-wall inlaid marble floors start your beating faster. Then the massive inlaid wood walls, with statues, gold, and huge portraits all over the place, take you to see George Washington and John Wannamaker’s... More

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Wadsworth, Ohio
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were encouraged to take the tour of this beautiful building. It is certainly amazing. If you love architecture, this is a must stop. All the rooms are beautifully designed. You learn quite a bit about the Masons. A definite stop if you have the time.

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