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Betsy Ross House

239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-629-4026
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As featured in 3 days in Philadelphia
Ranked #63 of 288 attractions in Philadelphia
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Type: Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description: Betsy Ross is an iconic figure in American history, but her story is less clear than that often taught in school.  It is known that she ran an... more »
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Chicago
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1,154 reviews 1,154 reviews
290 attraction reviews
482 helpful votes 482 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited The Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag, while walking through the historical section of Philadelphia. Betsy Ross is known for producing the American Flags during the American Revolution. Her home sits on present day Arch Street in downtown Philadelphia. The Betsy Ross House is a quaint little home that is historically the... More

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Malinta OH
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

You pay an admission price to see the small home of Betsy Ross, the sewer of the US flag. Have not decided if this was worth the money or not as you don't see a lot. I would probably just walk by and take pictures from the outside.

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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Dont bother unless you have a Philly card. Its small and doesn't really tell you that much. There is a faux Betsy in one of the rooms who you can question, which is a nice touch. The worst part for me was when we got back on the bus and the person commentated said that there was no evidence to... More

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Forest Hills, NY
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Give yourself about 45 minutes to go through the whole house. It is a little off the beaten path but worth the walk over.

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Mansfield, Ohio
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I was unsure about this place, but it was worth the admission. There are lots of very steep steps, however, so it is not handicapped/stroller accessible. The best part of the tour for me was the woman who was playing Betsy Ross. She gave us lots of information about life at that time and about Betsy herself. It is nice... More

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maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The house, while small, did give us a neat sense of what it was like to live in colonial times - sleeping, cooking, eating, bathing. Nicely done. Nothing extraordinary but not an expensive tour so it was worthwhile. My family enjoyed the audio tour.

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I've been to Betsy Ross' house at least 5x's. I recently went back with my 16yr old niece who had never been to Philadelphia. The house is an interesting look at how people lived in the 1700's and has a gift shop attached, of course. $5 to get in and another $6 I believe for an audio tour. Not much... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

We were close by here so we decided to walk by and see the house and then decided to tour it and glad we did. It is inexpensive ($5) and we learned a lot about Betsy Ross besides that she was the first to sew the flag. Turns out most people didn't know that and it wasn't until her grandson... More

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Farmingdale, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I liked the place. The house is VERY SMALL. There are a great deal of stairs and very confined so if climbing stairs or being close to people is an issue I'd suggest by passing this location. It was a bit pricey to get in for a small museum but it was very cute and historical.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I found this house to be well worth the visit and price. I love the people that dressed up acting the part of the family members. You might want to get there early as this house is small and when crowds are there it makes the experience not a good, as it could be. Learned tons of history about our... More

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