No. In most towns, the Masonic Hall is prominently marked. In many locations, the meeting time and day of the local lodge is published in the newspaper. Primarily, three things have contributed to the impression that the Masons are a secret organization:
- The meetings of the local lodges are restricted to members only.
- The fact that Masons have certain modes of recognizing each other such as a word or a sign that are kept confidential. This is to ensure that those involved and attending the functions are members of the fraternity and not trying to get into meetings out of idle curiosity.
- Unlike other organizations, Masons do not hold large membership recruitment drives. They choose to focus on each individual membership applicant.