Like most museums only a fraction of our collection is on display. We look after an extraordinary array of artefacts, many almost 300 years old. These include songbooks, ceremonial regalia and snuffboxes handmade by Napoleonic prisoners of war. Together, our museum, library and archive collections have been awarded Designated Outstanding status.
In total we have about 30,000 objects related to freemasonry and other fraternal societies, and we’re still collecting. The library contains a vast collection of nearly 60,000 items. These include books, pamphlets and manuscripts related to freemasonry and esoteric traditions globally.
If every box in the archive collection was laid end-to-end, the line would stretch from Freemasons’ Hall to Euston Underground Station and back. That’s 3.25km of documents, drawings, private papers, photographs and audiovisual material. The collection includes the records of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Supreme Grand Chapter and various masonic charities. It also includes archives relating to individual freemasons, lodges and chapters.
You can view material in storage by making an appointment. To access library and archive material, first you need to register as a reader. See our Research pages for more details.