The Freemasonry Museum was opened on 7 November on the Javastraat in The Hague. Visitors can now get a glimpse of the fraternal organisation which is normally quite secretive.
Mayor Jozias van Aartsen opened the new building for the Masonic Lodge in which the museum is located. The building has a number of rooms where visitors can experience what the organisation is like, including a temple in which the ritual ceremonies are held.
The museum has a number of historic items, including the chairman’s gavel belonging to Prince Frederick of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, who was the Master of the Lodge.
The Dutch Freemasonry organisation is known particularly for the large collection of books in its library, including books on theological thinking in the 16th and 17th century.
The organisation calls itself the oldest democratic society in the country. The Lodge in The Hague is for men only but there are 2 other more liberal lodges in the Netherlands which admit women.
More information at www.vrijmetselarijdenhaag.nl.
17 November 2016, www.thehague.nl/en/