George Washington Masonic Memorial

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101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA, USA

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Africancrab Africanc…
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A Reflection of Classical Architecture of Ancient Rome and Greece Jun 20, 2012
Perhaps one of the more exciting and historic of the attractions in Alexandria is the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Now, you do not need a guided tour to see it all, however, if you are one of those people who likes guides, you will be glad to know that guided tours are offered daily, several times a day to two exhibits; the George Washington Museum on the fourth floor, and the Freemasonry exhibit on the third floor. Once you are done, you are guided to the observation deck from where you have an outstanding view of Washington DC and Alexandria.

About the memorial; the giant structure was built to honor the memory of the founding father George Washington as the name suggests. He was a free mason and so the memorial preserves the history of American Freemasonry as well. Inside the memorial are a museum, Freemasonry exhibit, research center, theater and a library. The architecture is reflective of ancient Roman and Greek styles of building, the interior hall is composite. The three levels of the tower ascend in levels of complexity with Doric features at the bottom. It is a landmark in Alexandria and can be seen from all four corners.

You will want to see the memorial hall; entering it feels like entering the temple of Apollo and Zeus. On either side of the portico are tablets engraved with passages from Washington's correspondences. Next to memorial hall is the lodge rooms, and beyond the hall is the classical theater, massive enough to accommodate nearly four hundred people.

The Grand Masonic hall is directly below the Memorial Hall, it is something to see. The Founders hall Exhibit is adjacent to Memorial Hall. It features Charles Callahan the force behind the creation of the entire memorial. I found the black and white squares on the floor quite exciting; enhancing everything on the walls and on display.

For souvenirs, there is a gift shop located off the main entrance. I believe they have group tours too, as we were leaving, there were two huge tour buses arriving, and at the entrance were a man and woman dressed up like they had just walked out of year 1776.
George Washington Masonic Memorial.
George Washington Masonic Memorial.
George Washington Masonic Memorial.
George Washington Masonic Memorial.
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missandrea81 missandr…
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Something to check out while in Oldtown Alexandria Apr 01, 2007
Open to the public between 10 am until 4pm you can catch a tour of the Masonic Memorial at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. every day except major holidays. Parking is free at the Memorial but it is probably easier to reach by Metro since it is located right at the King Street station in Alexandria. This is only one stop from where I live. So perfect!

The Memorial has something different to offer on each of the 9 (!) floors. From the Grand Masonic Hall on the 1. floor to the Observation Deck on the top floor, there is something for everyone. The view from the top is great. If you are interested in seeing the library you will have to make an appointment!!

If you still have some exploring in you when you get done at the memorial you can take a stroll down the cobblestoned King street to the waterfront of Alexandria and maybe catch a boat to Georgetown from here if time allows it.
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Andy99 says:
Always a favorite seen from Metro!
Posted on: Apr 09, 2008

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