In 2015, the Order of Freemasonry occupied a stately building in The Hague, the city where in 1734 the first Masonic Lodge was founded. The basement and the bel-étage are then arranged as a museum: the rich history and living tradition of Freemasonry are exhibited and made into an experience. Not only for freemasons, but also for visitors who are interested and want to learn more about this discipline.
Around Freemasonry there has been a hint of mysticism for centuries. Spirituality, the use of symbols and the joint experience of rituals contribute to this image formation. The museum presentation designed by Donald Janssen also exudes a slightly mystical atmosphere, which is particularly evident in the basement where the workshop – also known as a temple – is located.