Northern California Research Lodge

Building true fellowship, brotherly love and affection through education, scholarship and research.

What is a Research Lodge?

A research lodge is a particular type of Masonic lodge which is devoted to Masonic research and scholarship.

A research lodge is a lodge like any other lodge, with a charter from the Grand Lodge and regular stated meetings.

The main difference between a research lodge and a regular lodge is that the research lodge does not confer degrees.  Membership in a research lodge is restricted to those Masons previously initiated.

There are research lodges in most countries where Freemasonry exists.

The Northern California Research Lodge

Northern California Research Lodge’s mission is to promote personal growth and improve the lives of others.  We take responsibility for the well-being of our brothers, our families, and the community as a whole.  We value respect, kindness, tolerance, and our differences – religious, ethnic, cultural, generational, and educational, and strive for harmony in our individual lives, in our lodge, and in the global community.

Join The Northern California Research Lodge at its regular Stated Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of March, May, September and November at 7PM at the Freemason’s Hall located in the Grand Lodge of California, 1111 California Street, San Francisco CA.

The NCRL sponsors additional special events throughout the year including the annual John L. Cooper III Fellowship of the Northern California Research Lodge.

Rewards of Being a Freemason

Making True Friends

Masonry is a community of men and their families who share similar beliefs and values. The fraternity finds it important to connect with other men of honor, compassion, love, trust, and knowledge, regardless of their race, color, religious beliefs, political views, sexual orientation, physical ability, citizenship, or national origin. We are friends and brothers, and are connected through this vital and uplifting organization of moral men.

Improving Ourselves

Our continuing pursuit of truth, knowledge, ethics, and leadership skills makes us better men and brings more meaning to our lives. Learning the tenets of Freemasonry, paired with being an active part of our community, gives us the opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills, and builds self-discipline through commitment and self-confidence.

Having an Impact

As a member of the Freemasons, the Grand Lodge of California, and Northern California Research Lodge, we are a part of a worldwide organization that values tradition, history, and timeless wisdom. The traditions and core values of our fraternity are meaningful today and will endure for centuries to come because of our direct impact in our community, through our charities, and on a personal level.

Join Us

Northern California Research Lodge membership is open to any Mason in good standing.

Current NCRL members Visit here to pay your dues.

Research Lodges are unique as they do not confer degrees but rather offer education, intellectual stimulation and discussion on Masonry.

If you are not a Mason and wish to become one, Masonry is open to men 18 and older who meet the qualifications and standards of character and intention, and who believe in a Supreme Being.  Men of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome.

One of Freemasonry’s customs is not to solicit members – men must seek membership on their own initiative. Anyone is welcome to request information about the fraternity.

If you are interested in applying for membership in a California Lodge, now is a good time to start.  Please look for the “Lodge Locator” on the Grand Lodge of California web site to find contact your local lodge.


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Upcoming events

November 17, 2020
  • November 17, 2020

    The Northern California Research Lodge - Stated Meeting and Election of 6015 A.L. Officers

    November 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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March 16, 2021
  • March 16, 2021

    The Northern California Research Lodge - Stated Meeting

    March 16, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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May 18, 2021
  • May 18, 2021

    The Northern California Research Lodge - Stated Meeting

    May 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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