Tips for Visiting

View of side of Atrium from the Grand Staircase

Time of Day

Afternoons and Thursdays are the generally the busiest times. If you would like to spend more time on your tour, please visit us in the morning Monday–Wednesday.


Please keep in mind that the majority of places on the tour are not air-conditioned. Also, please wear comfortable shoes. In a number of places, the floor is stone, and although there are elevators, the building contains several grand staircases.


Please bring your smartphone or a camera! The House of the Temple is a one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece. You are welcome to take photographs of the building for personal use. No commercial photography is allowed nor is video or audio recording without prior written permission.


To avoid the hassle of searching for a parking space, use public transportation. The two closest Metro stations to the Temple are Dupont Circle (Red line) and the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (Yellow & Green lines). The S1, S2, S4, and S6 Metrobuses all stop within one block of the front entrance. Taxis and other transportation services are also easy to catch to our location.

Gift Shop

Don’t forget our gift shop! All items found in our online Scottish Rite Store are available for sale at the House of the Temple.

Other Notes

No backpacks allowed. All bags subject to search