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Kent Museum of Freemasonry, Canterbury

Kent Museum of Freemasonry, Canterbury


Kent Museum of Freemasonry

01227 785625


St. Peters Place,

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The Kent Museum of Freemasonry in Canterbury is a hidden treasure which boasts a rare collection of exhibits of national and international importance and has probably the finest collection of Masonic material in the UK outside of London.

Whether you are a curious browser looking for something interesting and unusual to do in Canterbury, a serious student of freemasonry or simply interested in the history of the city and the county there is plenty to interest you, your family and friends.

Amongst the exhibits of Masonic ephemera you will also find a fine collection of anthropological paintings, glassware and porcelain, along with historical documents and other presentation items, many of which are explained in greater detail through audio-visual displays. Incorporated into the fabric of the building you will discover the unique 19th Century stained glass windows which originally adorned the old Freemasons' Hall in London and the solid oak entrance doors from St Mary's College, part of the Jesuit Monastery which once stood in Hales Place Canterbury.

Visit us and you will find a comprehensive history of freemasonry, from its inception through to the present time, with special emphasis on Kent, its lodges and their origins. As well as themed displays such as Notable Kent Freemasons and Masonic Military Heroes, other topical exhibitions are hosted throughout the year, details of which can be found on the website. There is even an interactive section where children can try on masonic aprons and other regalia or design their own banners.

Alongside the museum and shop, which sells items of Masonic interest, sits an extensive library which is open for reference use. It contains a comprehensive collection of printed books and manuscripts on Freemasonry and other friendly organisations in Kent, Great Britain and beyond and covers all Masonic orders through the ages. It also has one of the largest collections of genealogy books in the south east.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Mobile phone coverageChildren welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

On site catering by prior arrangement.

Opening details

The museum is normally open from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. However if you are travelling from further afield please check before setting out on a long journey.


Free entry



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Map reference: TR 146580  Lat: 51.28095 Long: 1.07608

Adjacent to 'Canterbury City Centre, St Peters Place (Sw Bound)' bus stop.

There is ample public car parking nearby and Park and Ride is also available around the city.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Mobile phone coverageMobile phone coverage
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

On site catering by prior arrangement.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system
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