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Masonic Temple
Ranked #17 of 463 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: "The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania" is an example of elegant architecture. Inside, the lodge is adorned with lovely artwork.
Reviewed December 28, 2012

Found the Masonic temple, had a personal tour and attended a working. A great piece of architecture and a very interesting history in the centre of Philadelphia, historic town

Thank ColmV
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

This was my grandfather's lodge. My mom was Eastern Star & my dad was with another lodge for 60 yrs. When my dad passed I inherited their possessions, including an old pitcher from about 150 yrs ago that I was encouraged by their curator to bring in & he would take a look at it. My cousin & friend & I all met in Center City and were warmly greeted. The tour groups are small and 1 hr apart. After the tour you can spend as much time as you want looking at items of historical significance or wander back to some of the rooms you just visited. The photos can not truly prepare you for the experience. The temple was grand & imposing yet humble and reverent. Truly a step back in time and into the mindset of our founding fathers. This is still an active lodge. One of Philly's best. Oh, and the pitcher .... wasn't masonic, just old.

1  Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

For history buffs & fans of Dan Brown, a tour thru the fantastic Masonic Temple at the crossroads of Broad & Market is delicious. Dedicated w/ a parade of 11,000 Masons in 1873, at a cost of a million dollars, the temple affords insight into the mysterious world of the Masons & also is a prime example of post-Civil War architecture, when Philadelphia acquired the grandeur of a European city.

Just across Broad Street is the superb collection of American art at the sumptuous Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness & at Market is the equally fantastic City Hall - two more worthwile illustrations of Philadelphia in the Gilded Age.

5  Thank Herstory_62
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Unfortunately, the Masonic Temple was closed when I went, but I could tell that it is worth visiting. The building itself and its architectural details are impressive, and they really should have more tours, not only until 12 pm.

Thank Monica S
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Without doubt the best building i have ever or will ever get into (unless Cheryl Cole changes her mind) .if i typed a million words it will never be able to do this place justice, loved the Saxon temple ,beyond beauty - a somerset freemason

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