- Croissant snack at the time of your arrival
- Lunch in a nearby restaurant
- Guided tour of the museum and temples of the Grand Orient de France
- Visit the legend of the Tuileries
Treat yourself with an unprecedented break in the fascinating temple of Freemasonry located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, at the headquarters of the Grand Orient! This organisation welcomes you for an exclusive guided tour.
You will discover the functions of this mysterious heritage, the values, the great periods, the esoteric traditions and the influence brought on the society and the citizens. Whether you are initiated or not, the centuries-old history of the Freemasons will fascinate you and help you understand their philosophy of life.
The origins of Freemasonry, coming from Great Britain, go back to the 18th century. At that time, masons, workers, stonemasons, contractors and various trades gathered in lodges (meeting link).
In 1717, in London, four lodges joined together to create the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster. Several of them will be formed in Great Britain under the Masonic obedience of the Grand Lodges of Scotland. The first French lodges in Paris appeared during the years 1725-1737.
The museum, established in 1889, was stripped of its property during the German Occupation of World War II. Following the trauma caused by this event, an imposing construction with metal protection replaced the small building.
This place of history and culture reopened its doors in 1973, gradually rebuilding the looted heritage and enriched with new pieces. Named the Museum of Freemasonry in 2000, it was awarded by the Ministry the title of “Museum of France” in 2003.
This site has several spaces, 400 m2 for permanent exhibitions, 200 m2 for temporary exhibitions, a library of 400 m2 and a reception area of 350 m2.
The building contains an impressive collection of 18th century earthenware, seals, jewelry, medals, paintings, engravings, photographs… You will be able to admire the objects presented chronologically to allow you to fully understand the evolution of Freemasons over the years and centuries.
Among the symbolic pieces treasured by the Museum, you will discover a full-length portrait of the Grand Master, the Count of Clermont from 1723 to 1771, the aprons of Jérôme Bonaparte and Voltaire or even the sword of “Venerable” by Lafayette
The original edition of Anderson’s 1723 Constitutions and unique manuscripts are among the rarities you will be privileged to behold. A real fascinating historical journey awaits you!
By coach, you will reach the Tuileries Gardens, the oldest and largest in Paris, located along the Seine, between the Louvre Museum, once the palace of the kings of France and Place de la Concorde.
This unusual visit takes you on an incredible investigation. Take up the challenges! Riddles, magic and myths; this historic landmark arouses the curiosity of many visitors every year.
Thanks to captivating treasure hunts led by a professional actor, young and old will have the opportunity to discover the history of this magnificent park in a fun way.
Did you know that a legend has it that a ghost, the red man, with obscure appearances, haunted the residence? Indeed, a butcher, who worked near the Palace, a little too curious discovers the secrets of Catherine de Medici. The Queen orders his execution and the latter would have promised to return for revenge!
Its name comes from the old tile factory where the construction of the Tuileries Palace would take its place in the 16th century at the request of Catherine de Medici. Multiple rulers occupied this home before the destructive 19th century fire following attacks during the Paris Commune.
Some vestiges remain, it’s up to you to find them!
In 1664, André Le Nôtre, renowned gardener to Louis XIV, gave it its current appearance of a French-style garden, classified as a historic monument, and became a place for strolling where Parisians and tourists mingle.
This beautiful 23 hectare green setting is home to ponds, statues dating from 1716, wide alleys lined with lime trees or elm trees, the Orangery building from 1892, freestone benches, the Jeu de Paume Gallery, etc.
Experience this original activity with family, group or friends in the heart of this romantic masterpiece and reserve this day punctuated by highlights and surprising encounters.