The Freemasons have always been a mysterious group inspiring whispers and legends.
Now, you can learn a little more about the fascinating group, and get a little spooked at the same time.
The Masonic Lodge Museum, in Salamanca, Spain, offers an exhibit unlike anything else on earth. It’s full of spooky images, like skulls, blood, and an endless assortment of symbols. You won’t regret visiting this piece of history.
Why was the Masonic Lodge Museum created?
In 1938, a member of dictator Francisco Franco’s government created the exhibit to scare the public about the dangers of Masonry. Years before, during the Spanish Civil War, Freemasons were outlawed. They built a replica of the freemason’s lodge in Gijón, Spain, and then seized all of the Mason’s paraphernalia from surrounding lodges to expose their secrets to the public. They used the replica to display their seized objects, although it never actually opened to the public until 1993, and that’s what we see as the Masonic Lodge Museum today.
What can be found in the Masonic Lodge Museum?
Among the objects displayed are books, medals, jewelry, documents, and ceremonial clothing. Masonic symbols cover the items. Objects with skulls or anything “scary” were given special attention during the time of Francisco Franco, because they would shock the public and drive hate towards the freemasons. Although today these appear as nothing scarier than a Halloween decoration, during their time, it was shocking.
One of the most interesting objects is a recreation of the Masonic Chamber of Reflection, used by new members to the group.
How to visit the Masonic Lodge Museum
The exhibit is located in the National Historical Archive building in Salamanca, Spain. It’s part of the Spanish War Museum and is open all week. The best part of all, it’s free to the public.