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“Amazing detail in every room”
Review of Masonic Temple

Masonic Temple
Ranked #19 of 462 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 20 August 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 the amount of detail and craftsmanship in every corner of the building is absolutely amazing. Along the way, we were also told of the building and organization's history and welcomed to ask questions about any related subject. I would definitely go back to see this building again.

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Reviewed 7 August 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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Reviewed 21 July 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 July and August. We went on a recent Tuesday at 11 AM. I'm sorry to say that our guide was uniquely unqualified for his duties. He projected an air of disdainful disinterest, and didn't say much about the beautiful rooms that he led us through except in response to questions.. Our group included a family from France and a couple of women from Brazil, and in response to my question, they said that they had great difficulty understanding the guide because he spoke much too rapidly.

The guide's poor performance didn't take away from the beauty of the meeting rooms, dining rooms, hallways, foyers and grand staircases, however. It would take far too much space to describe the rooms, each with their unique and elaborate décor. The temple website, http://www.pagrandlodge.org/tour/360images.html, provides excellent photos of the temple and its decor. At the very least this site will give you a feel for how remarkable this place is. But truly you must visit in person to appreciate the unique character of this building.

While there be sure to take time to browse through the library. It contains many historical documents and artifacts that pertain to Masonry in early Philadelphia. You'll find, for example, that many of our founding fathers, such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, were Masons as were many other distinguished Americans. I was surprised to find that John Philip Sousa was a Mason, as was John Wanamaker, who founded a famous Philadelphia department store.

This would be a five star attraction, if it were not for the ineffective guide.

Thank practans
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Reviewed 17 July 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

Thank Alan D
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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

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 runs Mondays through Fridays, and until noon on Saturdays.

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