Museum | Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center

The mystical history of Freemasonry

Over the years, thousands of Masonic artifacts have been catalogued and archived by the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society. The Colonel James B. Ladd Museum and Charles W. Nelson Library offers 3,700 SF of state-of-the-art space to share this rare collection through interactive and interpretive displays.

Six galleries showcase the history of Masonry in Minnesota, the factual and fanciful histories of Freemasonry and the extensive charitable works of the Fraternity. Stop in and discover the real story behind the world’s oldest fraternal order. Admission is free!

Join the Heritage Society

The Minnesota Masonic Heritage Society, formerly the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society, began in 1995 to catalogue and document the thousands of Masonic artifacts collected over the years by Minnesota Masonry. Directed by Worshipful Brother Charles W. Nelson, the first historical architect in the State of Minnesota’s Historic Preservation Office, the MMHSM built a formidable collection, which now has found a home at the Ladd Museum.

Heritage Society members are those dedicated individuals who have an interest in historic preservation. More importantly, our members share their passion with others by helping to support the efforts of the Ladd Museum and Nelson Library. Members enjoy several Society events throughout the year and ticket discounts to Ives Auditorium events.

Join the Masonic Heritage Society

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Scholarly Pursuits

Attached to the Ladd Museum, the Charles W. Nelson Library serves as a forum for Masonic scholars nationwide, featuring a 5000-volume collection of rare books and resources.

Schedule a Tour

Hours of Operation
Monday – Closed
Tuesday through Friday –  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday – noon — 3 p.m.

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