We are delighted to be able to confirm that our extensive building maintenance and improvement works are complete and we are now ready to start the mammoth job of sorting everything out to get the museum and the library ready to once again receive visitors.

We believe that we’ll be ready to re-open in early 2022 (earlier if we possibly can).

We apologise for any inconvenience but look forward to warmly welcoming visitors again as soon as we can.


Open to all and located in the heart of Canterbury’s tourist route, you will find the Kent Museum of Freemasonry close to the Westgate Towers and a five minute stroll from the Cathedral.

Entrance is free of charge, although voluntary donations are welcomed.

We are an Arts Council Accredited Museum, meeting the nationally agreed standards of the Arts Council on collection care, museum management and the provision of information and services to visitors.

The museum is a hidden treasure which boasts a rare collection of exhibits of national and international importance. Our collection of Masonic material is probably the finest in the UK outside of London.  The vast collection of regalia and books covers all Masonic orders through the ages.

Our shop is currently closed, however if you are interested in purchasing regalia please contact EKRS with your requirements, the proceeds from which are donated towards our upkeep.


We are situated mid way between Canterbury’s East and West mainline railway stations and less than an hour from St Pancras Intl. There is ample public car parking nearby and Park & Ride is also available around the city.

We are open from 10am to 4pm each day. However, as we are reliant on volunteers, if your journey is more than a local one please phone ahead to check that we are open.

Visits can be arranged for groups and parties including, subject to availability, a tour of the neighbouring Lodge Room with an after-tour meal.

If you wish to visit in order to enquire about family history or the masonic history of certain individuals or lodges, we will do our best to help. However we recommend that you phone ahead and arrange an appointment with one of our specialists.

There is Wheelchair access throughout.

We are proud to be an accredited Visit Canterbury partner.

Recent Trip Advisor Comments

  A really interesting place to visit. It was packed with really interesting artefacts and information. The 3 gentlemen there were really welcoming and willing to answer any questions.

thumb kingshivi92

  Second visit here. Very warm welcome and lots to see this time round with much improved childrens area.

thumb m t

  This is the only museum of Freemasonry I have ever heard of. Free entry and hidden away near Westgate. Staffed by volunteer Freemasons who are happy to explain and chat or just leave you to investigate. I knew little about the Freemasons and confess to...More

thumb David T

  A nice little museum dedicated to freemasonry. There are items of interest as well as photographs. This museum is at the end of the high street near the Westgate towers,

thumb Johny747

  A great collection of Masonic regalia and actual Freemasons to guide you through any questions you may have. Well worth the visit and would recommend to anyone to take the time to explore the meseum.

thumb Jason B

  I found this free exhibition very interesting and the staff very friendly from the moment I walked thru the door .It taught me how the freemasons work and the various positions one can work for.

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