The Kent Museum of Freemasonry

The Kent Museum of Freemasonry, Canterbury: Hours, Address, The Kent Museum of Freemasonry Reviews: 4.5/5

The Kent Museum of Freemasonry

The Kent Museum of Freemasonry
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Open to all and located in the heart of Canterbury's tourist route, you will find the Kent Museum of Freemasonry close to the Westgate Towers and a five minute stroll from the Cathedral. Entrance is free of charge, although voluntary donations are welcomed. The Museum is an Accredited Museum, meeting the nationally agreed standards of the Arts Council on collection care, museum management and the provision of information and services to visitors. The museum is a hidden treasure which boasts a rare collection of exhibits of national and international importance. Its collection of Masonic material is probably the finest in the UK outside of London.
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Paul B
Broadstairs, UK10 contributions
Fascinating
Feb 2021
What an interesting place with really helpful staff. I was completely unaware of the the background to the Masons and the Royals role in their history plus the extraordinary amount of good works they do
Written May 3, 2021
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Chris-RHC
Dartford, UK17 contributions
A credit to our ancient history of Freemasonry!
Jan 2020
I had not visited here for a few years but was pleasantly surprised by the progress being made in refurbishing the exhibits and information contained therein. Being a Kent Freemason myself since 1996 (in both East and West Kent) it's always so nice to visit here and look around the vast assortment of, and some rare, pieces on display.
This is a most interesting place where you can get away from the busy atmosphere of the City. Inside, you can quietly contemplate on an extremely interesting history of over 300 years about one of society's most prolific Fraternities. Being one of this country's largest donating organisations to Charities nationwide, now in recent years only superseded by the National Lottery, the history of Freemasonry is a fascinating topic of research to Masons and non-Masons alike.
I can't recommend an hour or two here highly enough, so if you're visiting Canterbury, make time to come in and look around.
W. Bro. C. R. H. P.P.S.G.D.
Erclei Lodge No. 7436
Written March 7, 2020
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Thank you Chris. Glad that you like the changes that we have made.
Written May 14, 2020
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Phil M
1 contribution
Visit to the museum
Jan 2020 • Friends
Fantastic little jem hidden at the far end of the High Street, really informative staff who were only too happy to help explain the exhibits.
Probably not suited to kids but for grown ups with an interest it's brilliant.
Written January 19, 2020
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Thanks for your kind review Phil. Glad that you enjoyed your trip. We try to cater for all ages and even have a children's corner and often welcome school parties.
Written January 20, 2020
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maryanne m
Canterbury, UK248 contributions
Free and interesting
Sep 2019
The museum is situated round the corner from the end of the High Street. It was manned by two old gentlemen who showed me around and answered my questions. I only popped in because it was free and I wasn't busy but I found it interesting.
Written December 29, 2019
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Thanks fr dropping in on an impromptu visit. Please come back again.
Written May 14, 2020
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12,315 contributions
A hidden treasure
Nov 2019
The Kent Museum of Freemasonry was opened on 19 April 1933 in a purpose-built structure to house the historic Masonic artefacts acquired, over the years, by Kent lodges since Canterbury's first lodge began meeting in 1730. The Museum is a hidden treasure of exhibits of Masonic national and international importance. The exhibits are all well explained along with information boards giving information regarding Masonry in general and Kent Freemasonry in particular. Open to all, there is no charge for entry (although voluntary donations are welcomed). The Museum is open from 10am to 4pm but, as it is staffed by very friendly well-informed volunteers (who will probably be able to answer any questions you may have), if you are visiting from a distance it is probably best to give them a ring before setting off, just to make sure the Museum is open. If you ever wanted to know just what is Freemasonry, then this is the place to visit.
Written November 29, 2019
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Colin C
Lancaster, UK93 contributions
Very Interesting and Informative
Sep 2019
This is a smal free museum with very friendly and knowledgeable volunteer staff who were available to answer any questions we had. If like me you have a very limited knowledge of the Free Masons this is a must visit museum as it is well laid out and very informative.
Written September 3, 2019
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Hi Colin Thank you for your kind review. I will pass on your comments to our "very friendly and knowledgeable volunteer staff" Robin
Written September 4, 2019
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Craig B
Birchington, UK90 contributions
Interesting and informative
Aug 2019
I recently took my Dad who was down from Scotland and a Freemason. From the moment you enter this small but amazing building you are informed of the history and are guided through the various stands from different times in masonic history. A well worth visit.
Written August 18, 2019
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Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and thanks again for you kind comments. We really do appreciate them
Written August 19, 2019
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Pammie
42 contributions
What a delightful surprise!
Aug 2019
We just happened on this place and were so glad!

The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. It was clear that the exhibits were put together with much care and heart. This is not a kitschy, over-hyped tourist attraction.

Yes, it’s small and having a genuine interest in the topic is essential. But, there is no charge except a request for a gold coin donation.

Great stuff!

Written August 6, 2019
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Thank you for such a kind review. I am glad that you enjoyed finding us and will be sure to pass on your comments to our volunteers. Robin
Written August 7, 2019
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rossiross2015
Siem Reap, Cambodia96 contributions
Small But Perfectly Formed
Jul 2019 • Couples
Very interesting and informative, we also learned a lot about masonic activities outside the Masonic Halls from one of the guys on duty there who was also very friendly and made us feel welcome. Definitely thinking of becoming involved.
Written July 14, 2019
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Thank you for your review and kind words. I will be sure to pass them on to our volunteer stewards.
Written July 15, 2019
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Linda & Steve Askew
Brewood, UK65 contributions
Staff a bit creepy
May 2019 • Couples
Not my cup of tea to be honest. The staff are clearly well meaning, but kept creeping up on us and being basically a bit creepy !
Written May 21, 2019
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Dear Steve Thank you for taking the time to leave a response which we will take note of. We appreciate all feedback as it allows us to improve and to ensure that we deliver the best possible experience. Robin
Written May 22, 2019
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