House of the Temple side view in the daytime The House of the Temple is home to several unique museums, exhibits and collections. It has been accessible to the public for tours since 1915, when the building first opened its doors. The building’s design was widely praised by contemporary architects, and it won John Russell Pope the Gold Medal of the Architectural League of New York in 1917. Fiske Kimball’s 1928 book American Architecture describes it as “an example of the triumph of classical form in America”. In the 1920s, a panel of architects named it “one of the three best public buildings” in the United States, along with the Nebraska State Capitol and the Pan-American Union headquarters building in Washington, D.C. In 1932, it was ranked as one of the ten top buildings in the country in a poll of federal government architects. The House of the Temple is designated as a contributing property to the Sixteenth Street Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Virtual Tour

Check out the virtual tour for more details on each of the historic temple rooms, museums and exhibits.

For More Information

Do you have a unique Masonic artifact you’d like to preserve for future generations? If you are interested in donating items, please contact the Grand Archivist and Grand Historian, Arturo de Hoyos at or at 202-777-3107. Tours available Monday through Thursday, see Hours of Operation for details.