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Betsy Ross House

239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-629-4026
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Ranked #66 of 289 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This is a very pleasant brief stop during a stroll around historic Philadelphia. As a senior who didn't buy the audio tour, the $4.00 fee was just right. Enjoyed seeing the colonial-era rooms and furnishings; the highlight was chatting with Betsy herself in her upholstery shop. She had her character down very well and shared appealingly homey little details. This... More

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Nottingham
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80 reviews 80 reviews
21 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

A must see for the origins of the Stars and Stripes flag. The reception staff are very helpful but the house is small and only takes 20 minutes maximum to visit.

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Easton
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We took a spur of the moment trip to Philly and walked around Old City. We stopped in at the Betsy Ross House and hang out in the front area to take some pictures. We didn't go on the tour though, possibly the next time we are in town.

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Tennessee
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114 reviews 114 reviews
70 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you go expecting a little history mixed with legend, then you will enjoy the visit. There are several artifacts belonging to the Betsy Ross and her family, but mostly it is the opportunity to see a home with colonial furnishing. Audio tours are of rooms on multiple floors of home and take about 20 minutes.

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Ashland City, Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It's very pleasing to see how many of these sites that Philadelphia has preserved all these years, and the Betsy Ross House is one of these sites ... Once again, hindered by the calendar choices below, the date is incorrect - this was a "daycation" (we flew up in the morning and flew home in the evening of the same... More

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Clarence, New York
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13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

nice to and learn about betsy ross. The house is small compared to current homes. Could not believe stair ways were so narrow back then.

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There's a free story area, the resting place, a gift shop, and a very small house and tour. It was very confusing as to what we could do since they only seemed to offer audio tours of one room attached to the gift shop. Very strange.

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TelAviv
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I personally don't recommend this "museum' for kids. It's more adult orientated..There are costumes the kids can rent and a small garden they can run around in but the actual house is more for adults.

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Portland
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93 reviews 93 reviews
42 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We toured this house and it was interesting but it is a short self-guided tour requiring a good deal of narrow staircase climbing and descending - not for the infirm in walking ability.

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Having visited the Betsy Ross House several times over the past few years, I have yet to be disappointed in the history presented. This past time I had the fortune to show 2 out-of-town guests the house and surrounding area. Both were very pleased with the presentation and enjoyed learning the history of the American flag. Would recommend a visit... More

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