Masonic Grand Lodge
715 Columbus Ave.
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday
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No admission fee
Accessible to the physically challenged.
The Masons are the oldest continuously-operated organization in the state of Texas. This fraternal organization founds itself on a strong social purpose with members who have high moral standards and work to the benefit of others. First formed in 1837, the original Texas Masons met in the Houston Senate Chambers, with Sam Houston presiding over the Grand Lodge. All the Republic of Texas presidents were, in fact, Grand Masters of the Texas Masons.
With trains, buses, and roads all routed through Waco, the Masons relocated their Grand Lodge here, the "heart" of Texas, to better accommodate their members. The current Masonic Grand Lodge is located in downtown Waco, a beautiful building that highlights the accomplishments and ideals of Freemasonry.
The Masonic Grand Lodge includes both a library and a museum loaded with historic artifacts ranging from a lock of Sam Houston’s hair to Ben Milam’s gun. The other installations at the Masonic Lodge in Texas include a large military exhibit, Masonic relics, railroad artifacts, and an exhibit dedicated to the Nazi persecution of Freemasons during the Holocaust.
The Texas Masons meet once a year in the Masonic Grand Lodge’s main auditorium, a breathtaking setting for large meetings. The auditorium, which seats up to 3,000 people, makes almost a complete circle. The curved cherrywood walls, tiered dome ceiling and goldleaf platform backdrop lend to the majesty and grandeur of the Masonic Lodge in Texas.