The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
We are delighted to be able to offer Conference attendees a guided tour of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library on the afternoon of Thursday, September 17, 2020.
The intention is for Conference attendees to meet at the Museum & Library at 1:00 pm, and for the tour to begin at 1:15. This will comprise gallery tours of exhibitions, behind-the-scenes tours of the collections, and highlights of the Library & Archives collections. The program will take around 2 hours, giving attendees additional time to take a look around the Museum & Library afterwards.
To plan staffing arrangements and the order of the different elements, we need to know how many people are planning to come. Please register your intention to attend on the Booking Site when you book for the Conference. Registration costs $1.00 and places on the guided tour are limited to 40.
The Museum and Library is located approximately 13 miles from central Boston and is accessible by car, taxi/Uber etc., and public transport. Parking is available onsite and the building is accessible for people using mobility aids.
The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library tells the story of freemasonry and fraternalism in an American context, and contains a unique repository of collections and archives dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. The rare book collection has a number of the most important Masonic titles published in English, including the first Masonic book published in North America, James Anderson’s The Constitutions of Free-Masons, printed by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia in 1734, and rare Masonic magazines and newspapers. The Museum also contains one of America’s finest collections of material and artifacts relating to American Freemasonry and fraternalism, including decorative and fine art.
The Museum & Library is located at 33 Marrett Road (at the intersection of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue), Lexington, MA 02421, and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.
From Boston: Take Route 2 West to exit 56 (toward Lexington and Bedford). Turn right at the end of the ramp, following the sign for Routes 4/225. Turn right onto Routes 4/225, which then merges right onto Pleasant St. At the end of the road, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue. At the junction of Rte. 2A and Massachusetts Avenue, take a left onto Route 2A West. The museum’s entrance is your first right. Look for a brick wall and large iron gates.
From the Massachusetts Turnpike: Get on Route I-95/128 North and take Exit 30A. This exit will put you onto Route 2A East (also known as Marrett Road). The museum is located approximately 3 miles from the exit. The museum’s entrance will be on your left. Look for a brick wall and large iron gates.
Public Transportation: Monday through Saturday from Boston/Cambridge: take subway (Red Line) to Alewife Station. Change to bus #62 or #76 to the museum. The museum is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue (Route 4) and Route 2A West (Marrett Road).
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