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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very small home of 1740 era with tiny rooms. The self guided tour was informative and inspiring. It was important for me to know the origin and birth of the flag of this great nation. It's probably a 20 minutes visit. Good...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank YatriForever
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a small museum, takes about 15 min. to go through. There are signs throughout the house detailing Betsy Ross's life. There weren't any actors when I visited the place. Maybe it would have been better? So, if you want them there, check beforehand. Overall,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Arya07
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get the audio so you can follow along as you tour the house. Bought tickets on line ahead of time. The house is small but full of interesting information about Betsy Ross and her life. We really enjoyed our visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kiwizoe
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A shallow little museum. Not much is known about the origin of the flag. Is it related to the flag of the East India Company flag? Is it related to the other few striped flags in the world (e.g. Catalan flag)? The actress impersonating Betsy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rafaelp467
Reviewed January 5, 2019

By far the best part of our trip to Philly. We didn't plan to go here but ended up there. The Betsy Ross impersonator and laundry girl were EXCELLENT. The museum is small but so good. I learned so much about Betsy- what a remarable...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank businessamy
Reviewed January 2, 2019

Well preserved home and museum dedicated to Colonial living, Betsy Ross and the story of the Stars and Stripes. Betsy Ross reenactor shares both her own history and that of the founders she knew.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RPCV66
Reviewed December 1, 2018

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 November 30, 2018

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 November 24, 2018 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
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 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
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inspire132017
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.
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Vivek440
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
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sm502015
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!
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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?
themcgillclan
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!
krcit
Long Island
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