A National Historic Landmark in the heart of Philadelphia, the Masonic Temple features a Norman-style exterior which ushers visitors inside where stylistic references to the Middle Ages give way to a fantasy of Renaissance-inspired neoclassicism in the corridors and stairs and to 19th Century “eclectic revivalism” in the lodge rooms. Oriental Hall and the neoclassical Library and Museum, the Grand Banquet Hall, the Grand Master’s Suite and offices share the first floor. Norman, Egyptian, and Ionic Halls share the second floor with Corinthian and Renaissance Halls. The third floor houses Gothic Hall. Two ornate corridors and stair halls complement and connect every room.
Plan ahead to make the best use of your time in Center City Philadelphia. We are within walking distance of many Philadelphia attractions such as Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia City Hall, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and LOVE Park. Learn about convenient parking, tours and admission fees.
The John Wanamaker Resource Center houses thousands of texts and artifacts relating to the history of the Masonic fraternity in Pennsylvania and beyond. Founded in 1908, the center was dedicated by Brother John Wanamaker, a prominent Philadelphia merchant who served as the first Chairman of the Library Committee. The center’s collection consists of more than 30,000 items and has one of the finest collections of books and Masonic records for the study of Freemasonry.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge strives to create an environment that encourages Masons to seek a greater understanding of the nature and purposes of Freemasonry in all its many aspects – past, present and future – and to share that understanding with others.
ONE, at the majestic Masonic Temple, is the perfect location for: a wedding ceremony and reception; executive board meeting; seminar with presentation over dinner; and team-building activities or company workshops. Whatever your requirements are, our venue offers ideal and versatile settings, so you can host an event to remember, all within the ultimate center city location.
The Grand Ballroom seats 250 for a sit-down dinner, and when combined with the Grand Foyer, can host 450 guests for receptions. The second floor marble foyer can host an additional 200 guests for a reception “under the stars.” Additional foyers, reception spaces and exquisite meeting rooms create the perfect setting for more intimate events.
Preservation of Masonic Monuments
The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania restores, preserves and maintains monuments representing the heritage of Freemasonry throughout Pennsylvania, including: Benjamin Franklin at the Press in Philadelphia, Washington at Prayer at the Freedom Foundation in Valley Forge, The National Memorial Arch and Masonic Monument in Valley Forge Park, the Friend to Friend Monument in Gettysburg and the Washington and Franklin Brotherhood statues in Philadelphia.