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  • Tours are $15 for adults; $5 for kids
  • Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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  • Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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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).

Recent travelers called the attraction a hidden gem and a must-see and rave about the architecture, but recommend timing your visit with the tours in mind because patrons are not allowed to wander around freely. Some said the tour experience can vary depending on the knowledge level of your guide, but most called the tour a "fascinating."

The Masonic Temple sits just three blocks west of Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia. The PHLASH bus stops nearby (stop No. 4). Guided tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. (on the hour). However, times may vary if there are functions taking place. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. For $7, you can visit the library and museum. For more information, visit the temple's website.

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