Welcome to Lexington, Massachusetts, home of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library and the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction headquarters. Opened in 1975, this influential institution tells the story of Freemasonry and fraternalism in the context of American history.

Museum Collections and Exhibitions

Since its founding, the museum’s has actively presented exhibitions celebrating the history of fraternalism and of our nation. Distinctive treasures from the collection are presented to the public in shows like “Keeping Time: Clockmakers and Collectors” and “Americans Do Your Bit: World War I in Posters,” both of which are currently on view.

Can’t visit? The museum has a number of online exhibitions of interest to the general public and Masonic audiences. Topics include “The Many Faces of George Washington” and “Illuminating Brotherhood: Magic Lanterns and Slides from the Collection.” In this YouTube video, Hilary Anderson Stelling, Director of Exhibitions and Collections, takes you through the highlights of “Keeping Time: Clockmakers and Collectors.”

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library boasts one of the country’s finest collections of material and artifacts related to the history of American Freemasonry and fraternalism. The collection also includes decorative arts, documents, artifacts, photographs, and fine art related to all aspects of American history.

A growing portion of the museum collection can be accessed online. This searchable database provides access to information about and images of many objects in the collection of the Museum and the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives.

The museum is also active on social media. The staff manages an active Facebook page and Flickr site. On HistoryPin, photos from the collection are mapped by place and time. The Museum & Library YouTube channel allows you to meet the staff and get a look behind the scenes.

The Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives

The Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections on the subject of American Freemasonry. The collection comprises over 60,000 books, 1,600 serial titles, and 2,000 cubic feet of archival materials related to Freemasonry, fraternalism, and American history. The Library & Archives is open to the public and is located off the Museum’s main lobby.

The library staff recently tackled the digitization of the library’s collection of 2,500 photos. This effort allows the staff order to create a comprehensible, and easily accessible resource for the public. Items are now catalogued online, able to be searched by title, number, and keyword.

The Library & Archives has deep and rare resources in its Masonic collections and general American history holdings. It houses the archival records of the Supreme Council including founding documents of the organization, including of many which pre-date its official founding in 1813.

There is much more to the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives. Visit the website for complete information.

The Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives

Popular Event Venue

Many are surprised to learn that the Museum & Library is available for event rental. This elegant and unique setting is used for all types of social and corporate events for a few or a few hundred guests. Whether it is to hold seminars and lectures, to conduct executive business meetings or conferences, or to host a dinner and dancing evening, the museum is quite possibly the perfect venue.

We invite you to watch our video to get an overview of all we offer. Call 781-457-4106 to find out more or arrange an appointment or send email to: [email protected]

The Scottish Rite Museum and Library is waiting for you to explore. The museum is open to the public 10am – 4pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. If you are interested in a one-of-a-kind educational experience and want access to some of the oldest Masonic historical records in the world, then make sure to choose Lexington, MA as your next weekend getaway.