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Michele Besso
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150th Anniversary Celebration

The Masonic Temple, home of the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, is a national Historic Landmark building located near City Hall in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023, the Temple is open to the public for guided tours, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Visitors can view artwork, frescos, stained glass, murals, 19th century inspired lodge rooms and a wide assortment of historic artifacts.

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Philadelphia’s Masonic Temple, Center City’s Hidden Gem, to Celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2023

The Philadelphia Masonic Temple will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year with a series of special events and free tours. The Masonic Temple opened in 1873 and its Masonic Library and Museum contains artwork, frescos, stained glass, murals and sculptures which connect Freemasons and non-Freemasons to an inspirational world of art, architecture, history and grandeur.

This National Historic Landmark building, located at One North Broad Street, is a treasure that has been hidden in plain sight, despite its prominent location next to City Hall. Public tours of the building began in 1873, and in 2016, ONE North Broad was launched, which hosts events at the Masonic Temple. This subsidiary has introduced the building to thousands of guests who have attended weddings, concerts, parties and corporate events.

On Saturday, June 24, there will be a public rededication of the Masonic Temple, which will include recreating a portion of the original parade that celebrated the building’s opening in 1873. Free tours will be offered throughout the day to showcase the art and architecture of the building. Special tour dates will be offered throughout the year, and a free monthly speaker series will be dedicated to the anniversary throughout the year.

In addition, the exhibit hall at the Masonic Library and Museum will feature a wide assortment of artifacts related to the history of the Masonic fraternity in Philadelphia and beyond, including letters from George Washington and Past Grand Master of Pennsylvania Masons Ben Franklin, along with other items associated with Philadelphia Masons Stephen Girard and John Wanamaker.

Look for more events to be held throughout 2023 to commemorate this milestone anniversary at PaMasonicTemple.org.

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A National Historic Landmark in the heart of Philadelphia, the Masonic Temple was constructed in 1873. It is the headquarters for the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania (Masonic fraternity) and the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. Special events are hosted within the building through the branded events department known as ONE North Broad.

Upcoming Events

Masonic Library and Museum events for the 150th Anniversary and more will be updated on our events page.