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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 #62 of 281 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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Tampa, Florida
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176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This attraction is worth the small price of admission... It is very interesting because they tell you the story that are not in the HIS-StORY books... You are in an actual house from the 1800's. Talk to the guides... You will learn a lot and be amazed!

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San Francisco, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This has a relatively expensive entrance fee, for a very small house and it provides little information. In spite of the high fee, they required that you pay even more for an audio tour, which I think should've been included for the price. The house is small and there isn't a lot of information on the signs. It was interesting... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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107 reviews 107 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Betsy Ross House..is fairly interesting especially if you purchase the audio tour. This was our second time to visit so we went through quickly on our own.As others have said its a very tiny house with lots of stairs and low ceilings. It was a very warm day when we visited and I felt my claustrophobia kicking in so I... More

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MA
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Just took the basic tour. The history about Betsey Ross was good to read about. Especially as for her husbands and how she survived as an entrepreneur in a time when there were most likely not a lot woman entrepreneurs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

I wasn't expecting much but my whole family enjoyed the visit and all of us learned something on the audio tour. I would definitely recommend a stop here with the kids.

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Chicago
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had extra time in our day and decided to stop here. It was a hot day and they said if we wanted to tour the house on our own, it was a suggested donation. If we wanted the audio tour, it was paid. We did pay for the audio tour. It gave more than what the boards said. As... More

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It's always disappointing to find out that elementary school history was largely wrong. When I learned that the story of Betsy Ross being commissioned to sew the first U.S. flag turned out to be a product of her grandson's imagination, I became something of a Betsy Ross non-fan. But this site acknowledges the controversy, and I have to admit that... More

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Broadway, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was an interesting, self-guided tour. For agile persons only. It was not as crowded as many other sites & there was a nice, shady courtyard next to the house for taking a break, helpful for busy families.

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you love America, you have to stop by to learn more about Betsy Ross. I learned alot about her, but the house wasn't hers, she only lived in one room of it. Lots of history there. Don't do the listening tour. They have information boards at every sight and that tells you everything. Stop to learn more about Betsy!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We took my teenage son for a self tour. The house is small narrow rooms and stairs to climb up and down. The rooms are ok attraction. I would not come to this site on a hot day. No a/c. Betsy Ross does have an interesting story behind her role in the revolutionary times

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