For 150 years, the “Humanitas” lodge has shaped the history of Austrian Freemasonry, which is now being traced in the anniversary exhibition “Departure into New Times”. We present a historical overview, prominent members and rarely seen artifacts from archives and private collections.
It all started with Empress Maria-Theresia.
Actually her husband, Franz Stephan of Lorraine.
He was one of the first Freemasons in Austria.
Enlightened nobles, a liberal bourgeoisie and many artists helped Freemasonry to flourish for the first time. Banned again by neo-absolutism, awakened in the 1st republic, damaged by the Nazis, revitalized since 1945, the Freemasons are now reviving intellectual life in the country.Experience the interesting history of the Freemasons in Austria on a tour through the museum.
At least in continental Europe. A ritual room from 1748 that still houses Masonic gatherings.Only here in Rosenau is there an opportunity to visit such a historically significant place and capture the atmosphere.
Among the excursion destinations in northern Lower Austria, Rosenau Castle is one that is particularly worth a visit. An imposing baroque castle, surrounded by manor estate, rose gardens and park, which only revealed part of its secret in the 1970s: the establishment of a Masonic lodge.Today, next to the museum, a four-star superior hotel and a cozy cafe-restaurant invite you to linger.