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Masonic Temple

1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520 (City Center West)
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Ranked #28 of 288 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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Danville, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews 78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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80 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 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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435 reviews 435 reviews
223 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 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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31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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New York City, New York
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64 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

The Masonic Temple at Philadelphia is one architectural visual delight! One awaits the starting of the tour in the library - which actually acts as a pre-cursor to the visual treat that is going to follow. Before you know it, someone will escort you through the various halls (which are done up in various themes - Italian, Egyptian, etc.) and... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

Was on our list of places to visit but being honest not very high on the list. However, turned out to be one of the highlights of our stay. The building is absolutely stunning and our guide was witty, articulate, and absolutely fascinating to listen to. This is a must see sight if only to appreciate the amazing craftsmanship.

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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