It's one of the most imposing buildings on North Terrace.

Its Ionic columns providing an impressive show of solidity and strength and yet many have never entered this grand inner sanctum of the Freemasons. For most of us this building, completed in 1927, remains a monument to secret men's business, and yet, it's open to the public by appointment and is well worth a look.

In recent times we've endeavoured to open up freemasonry considerably to the general public. We now have guided tours through here every Tuesday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm by appointment.  We take them through lodge rooms and let them have a look at the ornate furnishings, the various paraphernalia about lodges and we just explain what happens in the lodge meetings, and that goes down very well.

Freemasonry, with its strange and colourful aprons and ever-present geometric symbolism, is one of the oldest fraternal societies in the world. Some say its roots stretch back a thousand years BCE, to the construction of King Solomon's Temple. Others say the society harks back to the stonemasons who built the great medieval cathedrals of Europe. They banded together, forming a close knit brotherly society, dedicated to preserving and maintaining their particular skills. Whatever its genesis, the interior of those Great Hall in Adelaide speaks of those times when the work of the artisan was revered.

If you want a better understanding of Freemasonry, we offer tours by appointment on Tuesdays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Tours usually last for one hour. To book a tour, please email You can book a tour through Grand Lodge at 254 North Terrace.


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