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Betsy Ross House

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The well-known and loved story of Betsy Ross sewing the first Stars & Stripes is tightly woven into the colorful fabric of America's rich history. The Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag, is alive with the sights and sounds of the...more
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239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1999
City Center East
+1 215-629-4026
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, first, make the place empty, because nothing inside is authentic from way back when, it's all reproduction. Still, Betsy lived here (let's not get into the Ross vs other husbands bit, you can learn about this when you are there), and did some seamstress...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Dan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like this attraction a lot. The women in costume, the historic house, the gorgeous flag made by Betsy Ross. I particularly like the outside of the house. It's a great spot for picture taking. The staff here is very nice too. Definately don't miss...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank adrianna24sings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my family and we really liked this place! Definitely not a tourist trap like other reviewers said. Don’t come looking for a huge museum, but for what this place is (a Betsy Ross house visit for $5), it does the job...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 123bradleyb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting piece of history. It was fun to walk through the tiny house and see all the period details. The highlight for our group (two adults and four children aged 10 and younger) were the actresses portraying Betsy and Phyllis, who worked downstairs and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bostonlizzie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really neat little house and it’s amazing how tight things are in this house in this time period. Betsy certainly didn’t live in luxury nor did anyone living in typical townhouses of the period. This house shows you how things were in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ephyfe
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Small house that you can view in less than 30 minutes. 2 re-enactors telling stories. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TomV2698
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Very small museum but it’s a small house. There are plaques to read but would recommend the two bucks extra for the audio. The gift shop is small and cute. Pictures outside were good too. A small fountain with cat statues, medicinal herb garden with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 166darleneh
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Very cheap semi-self guided tour around the Betsy Ross house - great overview of the history and life of this famous seamstress. Actor interaction make the little attraction come to life and is well worth the short but informative visit - would highly recommend!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 474Lee24
Reviewed October 31, 2018

House takes about 5 minutes to walk through. Items from the period, but not necessarily from Betsy. There is an audio tour for another $2, but the signage is pretty much the same, from what the person at the counter said. I guess, may be...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank crazy4mickeyinVaca
Reviewed October 28, 2018

This is a nice stop to add to you list of things to do in while you are in Philadelphia. It is a well persevered historic site that is very user friendly.

Date of experience: July 2018
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June 24, 2017|
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Response from Sandiio | Reviewed this property |
We were there the end of May, on a Friday, and it was not very crowded then.
December 19, 2015|
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Response from Mfclingan | Reviewed this property |
The audio tour is I believe $2 more...well worth it!!! The self guided tour will walk you through the house and they have very minimal signage. The audio tour explains the history of the house...the story of the flags... More
October 17, 2015|
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Response from Tia B | Reviewed this property |
I would allow about a Half hour then time at the gift shop!
Travel Forum Posts
What bus station should I choose for booking a ticket. (7 Replies)
Hi, I'll be in April in New York and I want to go to Philadelphia. In Philadelphia I want to visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Betsy Ross house. I choose a trip by Bolt Bus. So, what bus station in Philadelphia should I choose for booking a ticket. Thank you
April 04, 2011|
Response fromrocknroll52|
what are the choices?
Sterling, Virginia
Headed to Philly for the Weekend! Historical things to see? (12 Replies)
We are driving to Philly from D.C. for the weekend and staying at the Marriott on Market Street. We have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. We have The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall on our list. And we want to stop by McGillin's since its the oldest beer pub. Anything else that we should see? Wondering about the Betsy Ross house. Thanks so much! This forum is invaluable to us!
June 16, 2009|
Response fromLoonbeam|
I'd put Franklin court on your list, especially if it is hot or rainy. Ben's house is interesting and the free museum, while a little worn, has the triple bonus of being educational, dry and air conditioned!
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Old Towne or City Center? (4 Replies)
Hi. We're planning to stop in Philly for one day/one night on the way home from Herhsey. I'm planning on using Hotwire for the hotel and was wondering which area to stay in. We are mostly interested in the historical things-Betsy Ross House, Liberty Bell. Wouls a hotel in Penns Landing/Olde Town be my best bet? I've never used Hotwire or Priceline before so I'm a bit nervous. Thanks for any advice. Any tips or must-sees would be appreciated. I have 3 kids-ages 12, 9 and 6, btw. TIA:)
July 31, 2007|
Response frommccarthys5|
Either location would be fine. I tend to like the Old City/Penn's Landing area, but if you score a great deal in downtown Philadelphia or Center City East, that is plenty central as well. Here's something to consider, though -- Priceline will not guarantee a room for more than 2 people, so you could end up with a room with a king bed for all 5 of us (unless you are planning to purchase 2 seperate rooms.) Hotwire does offer, on their search feature, an area to put in the number of people - but...More