Established in 1975 by the Scottish Rite Freemasons of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library tells the story of Freemasonry and fraternalism in the context of American history. Unique in the nation, the Museum aims to be the “historical society” of American Freemasonry by collecting, preserving, interpreting and celebrating the history of fraternalism. We pay special attention to the history of the Scottish Rite and strive to serve the Masonic community.
The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library often receives calls from Masonic lodges and Valleys asking how to preserve their historic documents—charters, minute books, and certificates—as well as photographs and books. We hope this booklet will help you get started with preserving your lodge’s or Valley’s historic material.
The most distinguished award conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction is the Gourgas Medal. This display is featured prominently in our main hall at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. Curious to learn more?
The Badge of a Freemason: Aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library is a lavishly illustrated catalogue presenting more than 100 aprons from the collection. It is the first in-depth study of American Masonic aprons published in recent decades, and is a fascinating resource for collectors, enthusiasts, and Freemasons.
By becoming a member, you support our ongoing mission: To engage and inspire, through our exhibitions, programs, and collections, a knowledge and appreciation of America’s history, heritage, culture, and traditions with a special focus on Freemasonry, and fraternalism.