George Washington Masonic National Memorial

George Washington Masonic National Memorial "To inspire humanity through education to emulate and promote the virtues, character and vision of George Washington, the Man, the Mason and Father of our Country."
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The George Washington Masonic National Memorial was built in the 1920s by the more than two million American Freemasons who wished to "express in durability and beauty the undying esteem of the Freemasons of the United States for him in whose memory it shall stand throughout the coming years." The Memorial is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation and all gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

A message from President J.F. “Jeff” Webb:My Brothers, it is with sadness of heart that I bid farewell to our dear depar...
07/09/2020

A message from President J.F. “Jeff” Webb:

My Brothers, it is with sadness of heart that I bid farewell to our dear departed Brother John R. “Bo” Cline, P.G.M., Alaska.

I first met Bro. Cline at the Conference of Grand Masters of North America in about 2005. And subsequently, had the pleasure of attending many additional sessions with him. We met again at the 2009 session of the Grand Lodge of England when we were both representing our respective Grand Jurisdictions as Grand Master.

We also served together for six years on the Board of Directors of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Bro. Cline’s knowledge was a contributing factor to many of our Board decisions and his wisdom was always welcome in our discussions and debates. Bro. Cline’s demeanor and temperament always offered a “calming effect” to these discussions and debates. Bro. Cline’s presence will be sorely missed.

I consider my acquaintance with Bro. “Bo” as one of the many blessings of my life.

Rest In Peace my Worthy Brother and Friend!

—Bro. J.F. “Jeff” Webb

"Happy, thrice happy shall they be pronounced hereafter, who have contributed any thing . . . in erecting this stupendou...
07/05/2020

"Happy, thrice happy shall they be pronounced hereafter, who have contributed any thing . . . in erecting this stupendous fabrick of Freedom . . . on the broad basis of Independency."—George Washington, General Orders, April 17, 1783

07/02/2020

"Freemasonry is a Fraternal Society" by the Memorial’s Director of Collections, Mark Tabbert.

06/10/2020

Learn about Masonic funerals and how George Washington's lodge brethren conducted his funeral ceremony.

Learn about the Grand Lodge of Maine, our GL of the Month for June 2020!https://gwmemorial.org/blogs/gl-of-the-month/the...
06/02/2020
The Grand Lodge of Maine

Learn about the Grand Lodge of Maine, our GL of the Month for June 2020!

https://gwmemorial.org/blogs/gl-of-the-month/the-grand-lodge-of-maine

Grand Lodge of the Month for June 2020 Most Worshipful Brother Richard M. Nadeau, Grand Master The Grand Lodge of Maine is one of the Memorial’s Supporting Grand Lodges. Maine’s Freemasons stand by the state motto of “Dirigo,” a Latin word meaning “I lead.” Until 1820, Maine was part of ...

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is now offering a virtual tour experience! Explore the beautiful and inf...
05/31/2020

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is now offering a virtual tour experience! Explore the beautiful and informative spaces and exhibits of the Memorial either on your computer screen or in virtual reality. The first space added is our beautiful Portico and Memorial Hall.

https://gwmemorial.org/pages/virtual-tour-memorial-hall

05/29/2020
George Washington’s Masonic Aprons

What Masonic aprons did George Washington own or use? This video by Mark Tabbert, the Memorial's Director of Library and Museum Collections, explores the question.

05/29/2020

What Masonic aprons did George Washington own or use? This video by Mark Tabbert, the Memorial's Director of Library and Museum Collections, explores the question.

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial joins a grateful nation in observing Memorial Day. This photo depicts vi...
05/25/2020

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial joins a grateful nation in observing Memorial Day. This photo depicts visitors this afternoon at Alexandria National Cemetery, just half a mile southeast of the Memorial.

05/18/2020

How, when, and where did George Washington become a Freemason? This video has the answers.

Thanks to The Northern Light magazine—now celebrating their 50th anniversary—for featuring an article about the new Scot...
05/05/2020

Thanks to The Northern Light magazine—now celebrating their 50th anniversary—for featuring an article about the new Scottish Rite exhibit on the Memorial's third floor! To help support the Memorial's work during this challenging time, please visit https://gwmemorial.org/products/donate-now

NEW VIRTUAL TOUR: While the Memorial—like most other museums in the world—is closed to the public right now, see the link below to virtually visit the new Scottish Rite exhibit.
https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=fbWsmWXyt6m&brand=0

Please consider a gift today to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.  The Memorial faces many challenges in ...
05/05/2020

Please consider a gift today to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. The Memorial faces many challenges in 2020. The coronavirus shelter requirement means that the Memorial’s annual tourism and rental revenue (which normally provides the largest portion of our operating funds) will be greatly reduced. We are asking for your help to close the gap. Your one-time or recurring gift will make an important difference! #GivingTuesdayNow

https://gwmemorial.org/products/donate-now

A spectacular view of the April 2020 "supermoon" rising over the city of Alexandria, taken from the steps of the George ...
04/16/2020

A spectacular view of the April 2020 "supermoon" rising over the city of Alexandria, taken from the steps of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. While the building is temporarily closed to the public, now is a wonderful time to make a contribution to the Memorial's restoration campaign. See our website to learn how: https://gwmemorial.org/pages/support-the-memorial

04/12/2020
Visiting the Memorial During Shelter-in-Place

Visiting the Memorial's grounds during the coronavirus shelter period? Check out this short video for important information about permitted and prohibited activities. #alexandriava #visitALX

Supermoon seen rising over the city of Alexandria from the steps of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Apr...
04/08/2020

Supermoon seen rising over the city of Alexandria from the steps of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, April 7, 2020.

Read the latest issue of LIGHT of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, featuring updates from our President ...
04/02/2020

Read the latest issue of LIGHT of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, featuring updates from our President and Executive Director, recent events, historical information, and news about our Landmark Century Campaign. Although the national health emergency has prevented us from being able to mail this issue, we hope you will enjoy this electronic version.

Staff are working at the Memorial from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist you if you have any questions. Thank you for your much-needed support of the Memorial!

http://assets.gwmemorial.org/pdf/light_2020_01.pdf

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: In light of the Governor's order restricting all venues to serve no more than 10 patrons, the Memori...
03/17/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Update (March 17, 2020)

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: In light of the Governor's order restricting all venues to serve no more than 10 patrons, the Memorial is temporarily closed to the public.

https://gwmemorial.org/blogs/news/coronavirus-covid-19-health-and-safety-update

In light of the Governor's order restricting all venues to serve no more than 10 patrons, the Memorial is temporarily closed to the public. Your health and safety is important to us. Please see the following links for the latest information about protecting yourself from Coronavirus. - Gov. Northam....

Coronavirus Update: The Memorial’s tours have been altered to take place only in the larger spaces of the building. Tour...
03/16/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Update (March 16, 2020)

Coronavirus Update: The Memorial’s tours have been altered to take place only in the larger spaces of the building. Tours are currently not using the elevators to visit the tower exhibits and observation platform. We have temporarily reduced the tour price to $15.

We ask that anyone with symptoms refrain from visiting the Memorial. Please observe the recommendations of the CDC and your local health department.

https://gwmemorial.org/blogs/news/coronavirus-covid-19-health-and-safety-update

The Memorial is open and is continuing to welcome guests and conduct regular daily tours. The health and safety of our visitors and staff are a top priority, and we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. We are following the guidance of local health officials at the Alexandria Health Depa...

Learn about the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, our March 2020 Grand Lodge of the Month.https://gwmemorial.org/blogs/gl-of-...
03/04/2020
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

Learn about the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, our March 2020 Grand Lodge of the Month.

https://gwmemorial.org/blogs/gl-of-the-month/the-grand-lodge-of-pennsylvania

Grand Lodge of the Month for March 2020 Right Worshipful Thomas Gamon, IV, Grand Master On June 5, 1730, the Duke of Norfolk, then the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England (Moderns), deputized Colonel Daniel Coxe of New Jersey to be “the Provincial Grand Master of the Provinces of New York, ...

On March 3, 1753, twenty-one year old George Washington was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft Mason, which is the sec...
03/03/2020

On March 3, 1753, twenty-one year old George Washington was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft Mason, which is the second degree of Freemasonry, in the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Virginia. The second degree teaches each candidate impressive lessons about Solomon's Temple and the importance of Geometry.

On Saturday morning, Feb 22, 2020, GWMNMA President J.F. "Jeff" Webb offered a memorial wreath at the tomb of Brother Ge...
02/25/2020

On Saturday morning, Feb 22, 2020, GWMNMA President J.F. "Jeff" Webb offered a memorial wreath at the tomb of Brother George Washington at Mount Vernon. This was done as part of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22's annual observance of Washington's Birthday. President Webb's remarks emphasized the importance of Washington's legacy as an inspiration to all of us.

Congratulations to Brother S. Brent Morris on receiving the George Washington Memorial Award for his outstanding contrib...
02/23/2020

Congratulations to Brother S. Brent Morris on receiving the George Washington Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to scholarship. His presentation yesterday, "In Praise of Punctuation: The Case of the Missing Semicolon," shed light on how small mistakes can lead to historical misunderstandings. In this photo, GWMNMA President J.F. "Jeff" Webb (left) presents the award to Brent Morris (right).

To celebrate George Washington's birthday in style, the charter members of the George Washington Memorial Society enjoye...
02/23/2020

To celebrate George Washington's birthday in style, the charter members of the George Washington Memorial Society enjoyed a special reception this evening. To learn more about joining the GWMS, please see our website: https://gwmemorial.org/pages/gwms

George Washington's Birthday is nigh! Did you know there is a ceremony that can be done in lodges or at festive boards t...
02/11/2020
Washington’s Birthday Ceremony for Lodges

George Washington's Birthday is nigh! Did you know there is a ceremony that can be done in lodges or at festive boards to remember and honor the Father of our Country? Visit our website to download the template, and then use it as a basis for your own local celebration.

https://gwmemorial.org/blogs/news/washingtons-birthday-ceremony

This ceremony is written for the purpose of honoring Bro. George Washington, and is suitable for performance—with adjustments as needed—in a tiled lodge of any degree. Washington’s Birthday is a Federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the third Monday of February. His actual date o...

Be sure to attend the 2020 George Washington Symposium: George Washington’s Construction of the United States Capitol. I...
01/24/2020
The 2020 George Washington Symposium

Be sure to attend the 2020 George Washington Symposium: George Washington’s Construction of the United States Capitol. It will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Theater. This event is free and open to the general public. More details at the link:

https://gwmemorial.org/blogs/news/2020-george-washington-symposium

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association proudly presentsThe 2020 George Washington SymposiumGeorge Washington’s Construction of the United States Capitol Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1 p.m.Memorial Theater We are proud to announce that internationally honored Masonic scholar S....

Learn about the Grand Lodge of Delaware, one of the Memorial's Supporting Grand Lodges. They are our January Grand Lodge...
01/17/2020
Grand Lodge of Delaware

Learn about the Grand Lodge of Delaware, one of the Memorial's Supporting Grand Lodges. They are our January Grand Lodge of the Month.

https://gwmemorial.org/blogs/gl-of-the-month/grand-lodge-of-delaware

Grand Lodge of the Month for January 2020 Most Worshipful Brother Evan R. Moody, Grand Master The Grand Lodge of Delaware is one of the Memorial’s Supporting Grand Lodges. Freemasonry was established in Delaware by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Between 1765 and 1786 it chartered lodg...

The Memorial will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, and 26, for the Christmas holiday. We reopen at 9 a.m., Friday, December 27.
12/24/2019

The Memorial will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, and 26, for the Christmas holiday. We reopen at 9 a.m., Friday, December 27.

Address

101 Callahan Dr
Alexandria, VA
22301

Travel Via Metro King Street Metro Station sits within walking distance to the Memorial. Service to both the Yellow and Blue lines, as well as the King Street Trolley and several Metro and DASH buses. Contact Metro at 202-637-7000 or visit www.wmata.com Contact DASH at 703-746-3274 or visit www.dashbus.com

General information

Guided tours are available daily. The tour is approximately one hour and includes a visit to our ninth floor Observation Deck. Admission is $18, and children 12 and under are free. The Memorial is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Tour times are 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. We are closed on major holidays. For more information to plan your visit, see our website at http://gwmemorial.org.

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