For any aspiring Egyptologist enthralled with the wonders of Ancient Egypt, a trip to Philadelphia would not be complete unless a visit is made to one of the architectural wonders of the Masonic World: Philadelphia's Masonic Temple! On Fridays, from now through the end of September, a special tour of this National Historic Landmark's Egyptian Treasures will be conducted each week at noon. If you are fascinated by the 18th dynasty boy-king Tutankhamun, you will be impressed by the splendor of the Masonic Temple's Egyptian Hall and the building's other treasures. Completed in 1889, the room is decorated in the style of the Nile Valley with 12 massive columns copied from Egyptian temples. The detailed hieroglyphics were authenticated for accuracy by Egyptologists and represent scenes taken from sepulchral chambers of the 18th and 19th Dynasties.
"A visitor can experience the wonders of Ancient Egypt without traveling thousands of miles to do so," said The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania Executive Director Andrew Zellers-Frederick. "This hall, as well as the other remarkable architectural features of the Masonic Temple, make this a must-see destination for Masons and non-Masons alike."
The special Masonic Temple Egyptian Tour is included in the price of regular admission. Admission begins at $8.00 with individual and group discounts offered. The Masonic Temple is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with regular tours at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.; and on Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-noon with tours at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. For general information, please call (215) 988-1900 or visit www.pagrandlodge.org.