George Washington Masonic Memorial - Alexandria, Virginia

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    George Washington Masonic Memorial

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    The George Washington Masonic Memorial was built in the 1920s as a memorial and a museum highlighting the contributions of Freemasons to the United States. This magnificent structure in Alexandria, Virginia, also serves as a research center, a library, community center, performing arts center and concert hall, a banquet hall and meeting site for local and visiting Masonic lodges. Guided tours are given daily.

    See the following photos and learn more about the George Washington Masonic Memorial. It is an interesting attraction, located on 36 acres overlooking Old Town Alexandria, the Potomac River and Washington, DC.

    Address: 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA

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    Statue of George Washington

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    The George Washington Masonic Memorial was built in 1922 by the Masonic Fraternity in honor of George Washington. The main entrance hall features a 17 ft. bronze statue of Washington and beautiful murals that depict the history of American Freemasonry.

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    George Washington - Freemason

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    George Washington was a member of the fraternity of Freemasonry, the oldest and largest world wide organization dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of a Supreme Being. Freemasonry is not a religion. Each Mason worships according to his own religious faith whether he is Christian, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Buddhist of Hindu. Freemasons seek to improve the world through charitable, educational and civic projects. Today the Society has members within 185 Grand Lodges.

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    Masonic Lodge Room

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    Throughout the nine floors of the George Washington Masonic Memorial are many displays and exhibits. The Replica Lodge Room displays original furniture and can be used as a meeting site.

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    Masonic Exhibits

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    Exhibits throughout the George Washington Masonic Memorial tell the story of Freemasonry, a fraternal organization that employs the tools and instruments of stonemasonry to teach a system of morality, friendship and brotherly love.

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    Shriners

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    Shriners International is a fraternity based on the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth. There are approximately 375,000 members from 191 temples in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama. Shriners support Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international health care system that provides specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.

    This exhibit shows a collection of Shriners caps, known as a fez, which serve as a symbol and help increase public awareness of the group.

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    Shriners Car

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    Shriners enjoy parades, trips, dances, dinners and other social events while they promote their philanthropic causes.

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    George Washington Bust

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    The George Washington Masonic Memorial honors Washington with many exhibits and works of art.

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    Theater at the George Washington Masonic Memorial

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    The theater at the George Washington Masonic Memorial is a wonderful venue for concerts as well as community, civic, regional and national events.

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    View from the George Washington Masonic Memorial

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    ••• View from the George Washington Masonic Memorial. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The George Washington Masonic Memorial has one of the best views in the region, overlooking Old Town Alexandria, the Potomac River and Washington, DC.