Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie

Coordinates: 48°52′30″N 2°20′35″E / 48.8749°N 2.3431°E / 48.8749; 2.3431
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Museum of Freemasonry
Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie
Established1889 (1889)
Location9th arrondissement of Paris, France
Coordinates48°52′30″N 2°20′35″E / 48.8749°N 2.3431°E / 48.8749; 2.3431
FounderGrand Orient de France
DirectorPierre Mollier le Cavailler
La Fayette sword.

The Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie (French Museum of Freemasonry) is a museum of Freemasonry located in the 9th arrondissement at 16, rue Cadet, Paris, France. It is open daily except Sundays and Mondays; an admission fee is charged. The closest métro station is Cadet. The museum was established in 1889 by the Grand Orient de France as a cabinet of curiosities in the Hotel Cadet.[1] It was despoiled in the German occupation of France during World War II but reopened in 1973, and in 2000, became an official museum of France. In that same year, many of its historical documents were returned from Moscow, where they had been held by the KGB after Germany's defeat in World War II. The museum reopened to the public on February 11, 2010, after extensive renovations. It has the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Île-de-France region and the town hall of Paris.[2]

Today, the museum presents the history of French Freemasonry through its symbols, grades, documents, and objects. It contains approximately 10,000 items displayed in permanent exhibit space (800 m2), about 23,000 volumes in its archives (400 m2), and a further 400 m2 dedicated to temporary exhibits. Among the historically important items in its collection are Voltaire's masonic apron (1778), Lafayette's masonic sword, a first edition of James Anderson's Constitutions of the Free Masons (1723), satirical prints by William Hogarth (1697―1764), Meissen porcelain figurine (1740), etc.[3]

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  • Musée du Grand Orient de France et de la Franc-Maçonnerie européenne, Musée du Grand Orient de France, 95 pages, ca. 1985.

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