Founded and supported by the Scottish Rite Freemasons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and programs on a wide variety of topics in American history and popular culture. Our focus is the rich diversity of American life across four centuries—how we as a people have worked and played, struggled and achieved.
The Museum boasts one of the country's finest collections of material and artifacts related to the history of American Freemasonry and fraternalism. We also collect decorative arts, documents, artifacts, photographs and fine art related to American history, with particular attention paid to Lexington around the time of the American Revolution.
The Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives collections number over 60,000 volumes, including 1,600 periodical titles, as well as over 2,000 cubic feet of records, documents and other materials related to American and Masonic history. The Library is open to the public, to researchers, and to scholars.