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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 #26 of 276 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

My husband and I went here this past weekend, and I am not sure what I was expecting, but the overall tour was ok. Basically you walk around to all the different meeting rooms and learn a bit about them. The tour was an hour long and left many questions unanswered. You have the ability to ask questions throughout, but... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

As a Philadelphia native, I have always been curious about the Masonic Temple next to city hall - finally took the time to visit this month! I have to say, it was great to cross off my list of sites but overall unless you have a particular interest in the Masons, the entire building turns out to be a series... More

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East Earl, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you have any interest in history or architecture in Philadelphia a trip to the Masonic Temple is a must when you visit Philadelphia. The exterior and interior are highly decorated and beautifully designed. Check before you go to learn when the tours are scheduled. You can't walk around unguided. If you're a Mason in good standing you get free... More

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London
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169 reviews 169 reviews
21 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

The Masonic Temple is architecturally interesting and has most unusual interior decoration. You are not allowed to walk around un-accompanied so they provide a 45-minute to one hour tour that I’m sure would be interesting; regrettably I didn’t have the time to spare. I’d recommend a visit even if you have no interest in being a Mason – I was... More

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New York City, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

If the Masonic Temple would advertise its tours just a little more (and hold them at more convenient hours) this would be one of the most popular spots in Philadelphia. For a mere $10 you get an intimate 60 minute tour of one of the most interesting buildings in the city. It does not have the history of Independence Hall... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Masonic Temple is a joy, whether your in the carft or not. The guides are very knowledgeable and very helpful. There are rooms in the temple that are only available to brother Masons, but well worth the tour. You'll like the picture of the Temple with a vacent lot across the street, where City Hall is now.

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nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Surprized one could visit a masonic temple. Tour guide takes you to many grand rooms inspired by different styles. Interesting.

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Midwest
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

My 89-year-old father and I visited this place during our recent trip to a convention in Philly. I had seen it before about 10 years ago, but it was dad's first time. We went through the library and several grand and splendid hallways and through six or seven lodge rooms done in different themes. International visitors added a special flavor... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

My wife and I visited The Grand Lodge of the Pennsylvania Masonic Headquarters in downtown Philadelphia. It was a wonderful experience, the building was built in the 1800's circa around 1873 the craftsmanship and detail are nothing like I've ever seen except in a museum. The tours are weekday's at 1pm 2pm and 3pm a charge of $10.00 is for... More

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Dunedin, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Incredible interior architecture and unusual museum. There is a Norman room, Ionic Room, Egyptian Room, etc. 13 presidents have been Masons; and during the revolutionary war masons passed on information among the 13 states using masonic codes and symbols.

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