Rainbow Hill, Worcester WR3 8LX

Worcester Masonic Library and Museum is award-winning for its extensive collection of Masonic items. The library specialises in the history of Freemasonry and was formed towards the end of the 19th century by the late George Taylor.

The library possesses the finest collection of Masonic items in the English constitution and showcases ceramics, jugs, dishes and tankards with Masonic symbols collected over history. There is also a large collection of medals and jewels from the craft on display.

The collection includes over 5,500 documents, 9,000 books and publications, 6,000 jewels, medals and tokens. There are also examples of glass, wood, aprons and clothing and some special pieces such as Ancient Charges and the Hathway Manuscripts.

There are also exhibits from different countries and written in various languages, from across history spanning over the years.

The Worcestershire Masonic Library and Museum has free entry to both the library and museum, which is situated within the Masonic Hall.

In 2009, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent visited the library and museum to visit Grand Master Richard Goddard. Members of the Freemasonry met with the Duke of Kent who looked around the museum and library, and then was invited to attend lunch in the dining room.

If you are wanting to visit the museum and library, you can do so easily, with Worcester Foregate Street station and Worcester Shrub Hill stations both within walking distance. If you are getting the bus, the number 35 bus can also take you right to the museum, and there is free parking for those driving.

When planning your visit, it is worth checking the website to see if there are any special events such as the Heritage Open Days, which can affect the opening days and time of the museum and library.