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House of the Temple

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Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
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Address: 1733 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-3103
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+1 202-232-3579
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 17:00

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Great tour and history

This is a must for all Masonic brothers visiting the D.C. area, especially those members of the Scottish Rite. The tour is of proper length and very detailed. The House of the... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Pete Y
Wellington, Utah, Usa
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Wellington, Utah, Usa
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74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

This is a must for all Masonic brothers visiting the D.C. area, especially those members of the Scottish Rite. The tour is of proper length and very detailed. The House of the Temple is beautiful inside and out and is a great place to learn about Masonic history and tradition. I would go again and do recommend it to anyone.

Thank Pete Y
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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702 reviews
407 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

The House of the Temple is located at the corner of 16th St. and S St. NW not far from DuPont Circle area. The official name on the wall is "Home of The Supreme Council, 33°'. The building was modeled after the tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus and was built as the headquarter of the the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry,... More 

Thank Prawet J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Website says temple opens at 9.00 but when we went there they informed us that the tours start at 10.30 and can not let us in till then. We been informed that the tours are at 10.30,11.30 and 13.00. When we showed up at 11.30 they said the tour starts at 12.00.They dont know what they are doing! Wasted our... More 

Thank Guler A
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

The exterior is pretty impressive (modeled on the ancient Mausoleum at Halicarnassus) but the interior is even more over-the-top, with lots of highly-polished marble and elaborate decoration. Most of the building is not air-conditioned but is still pretty tolerable in the Washington heat. Tour guide was friendly and informative. Tours are offered at the top of the hour, 10-4PM (call... More 

Thank mn_daytrip
Fremont, California
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

Good for anyone involved in Freemasonry, people curious about Freemasonry, or just love beautiful architecture. Free guided tour given by an intern. He/she will show you the architecture and explain why the building was built the way it was. Everything was built with a purpose or reason. The tour takes you through the chambers that are still utilized to run... More 

Thank Richard S
Brandon, Florida
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378 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Whether you are a Freemason or not, this temple is awesome. We took the guided tour and were impressed around every turn. Each room was more awesome than the last. There is history to be learned here. The large entry hall at the beginning of the tour was spectacular. The central hall/meeting room was great. We took the Metro out... More 

Thank james628
Chicago, Illinois
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

What a stunning temple! The craftsmanship is outstanding. We took a free tour throughout the entire temple. They allow you amazing access considering the private nature of the Masons. Just beautiful!

Thank dvelez3329
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

When we arrived with no previous agenda, they offered a free guided tour. The person was very well informed and the tour very interesting. The building is amazing and worth it the visit. Very recommended.

Thank Antonio B
New Delhi, India
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

I called on Tuesday December 29th specifically to make sure it would be open for tours today (Dec 30, aka New Years' Eve Eve). The woman on the phone told me to come by between 10am-noon, and that I could join a tour at 11. I took time off work, Ubered to the location, and was informed at 10:55 by... More 

1 Thank denovo_anisha
Munroe Falls, Ohio
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121 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2015 via mobile

We walked in off the street and were immediately offered a tour. Both our dads were Masons, so it was interesting to see the museum, view what each of the (33)? Degrees stands for, see the temple and meeting rooms and a big library that is open daily to the public.

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