- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Constructed in the late 19th century and decorated by artist George Herzog, this sturdy stone temple is one of the largest of its kind and was once the meeting place of one of history's more legendary organizations. Tour the temple's seven meeting rooms, each of them dedicated to ideal forms of architecture: Oriental, Gothic, Egyptian, Renaissance, Ionic, Corinthian and Norman. Or attempt to uncover the mysteries behind the masons (members of which include Ben Franklin and George Washington).
The Masonic Temple sits just three blocks west of Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia. Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (on the hour) and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. However, times may vary if there are functions taking place. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children, and for $3 extra, you can also visit the library and museum. For more information, visit the temple's website.
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Reading Terminal Market<0.5 miles away
Rittenhouse Square0.5 miles away
Franklin Institute Science Museum0.6 miles away
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Loews Philadelphia Hotel<0.5 miles away