and its contribution to our history
Created in 1889, the "musée
de la franc-maçonnerie" now has a
public exhibition tracing the history of lodges in France
and their contribution to the countrys history
over the past three centuries. This contribution extends
to multiple fields : philosophy and politics, of course
from support for the Enlightenment in the eignteenth
century to the Republican structures in the 1880s
aswell as religion, literature and the arts. The exhibition
also examines the origins and range of symbols andrites,
and explains the freemason initiation process.
Paralleling the educational function,
the museum aim at showcasing iconic works : a magnificent
fulllength portrait of the Comte de Clermont, Grand
Master from 1743 to 1771 ; aprons that belonged to Voltaire
and Jérôme Bonaparte, king of the short-lived
realm of Westphalia ; and the sword of Venerable Lafayette.
Visitors can also admire the most beautiful
collection of eighteenth-century French masonic earthenware
and magnificent regalia (aprons, sashes and collars), painted
or embroidered with the emblems and symbols of the various
degrees of the order. Scholars can peruse a few remarkable
documents, such as the first edition of Andersons Constitutions
(1723) and various extremely rare manuscripts.
The museums goal is to foster a better understanding
of all aspects of masonic life. The lodges are polymorphous
in nature ; the work behind closed doors includes discussions
on new ideas as well as elements of secular traditions. More...
Access and contact
musée de la franc-maçonnerie
Grand Orient de France
16 rue Cadet
Metro stations : Cadet (line 7) or Grands Boulevards (lines
Phone number : +33.(0)22.214.171.124.09.
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Open from tuesday to friday, 10:00
to 12:30 am - 2:00 to 6:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am to 1:00
pm - 2:00 to 7:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 to 12:30 am - 2:00 to 6:00 pm
Closed Mondays and holidays
Full price : 6 €
Discounted rate : 4 €
Free : under 18, unemployed persons,
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The museums gift shop is open the same
hours as the museum