The origins of Poznań’s Masonic Lodge go back to the turn of the 19th century. The Lodge associated people of various nationalities, religions and views, around the idea of spiritual and intellectual improvement in a joint effort to explore and understand the processes that drive the contemporary world. Its members included some of Poznań’s most eminent residents, as well as members of the local aristocracy and intelligentsia. As the national liberation movement grew stronger, the patriotic mind-sets of some of the lodge members divided the masons into multiple lodges associated with the Polish and the German communities. Despite these rifts and differences, the lodges joined forces to erect a common building. No disputes ever arose over its use. Completed in 1822, the building at ul. Grobla 25 was surrounded by an English garden considered to be among Europe’s most magnificent parks of its type. To this day, the building’s façade displays Masonic lodge emblems. Currently, the edifice houses the Ethnographic Museum.