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Betsy Ross House

239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
+1 215-629-4026
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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 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming. *Note: The Betsy Ross House will be temporarily closed for renovations from February 27th through March 10th. The house will reopen on March 11th.
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  • Average21%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
City Center East
+1 215-629-4026
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Reviewed July 7, 2016

It was nice to see and hear the tour information about the house. You always hear all the myths and rumors and now I know they may or may not be true. LOL.

Thank James S
Reviewed July 7, 2016

Short walk from Independence Mall. Nice for family photos and a very small tour. You have to pay admission with a choice of self guided or audio. Building and rooms are very small with very low door ways and small steps (keep this in mind...More

Thank Deb K
Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

The Betsy Ross House is a short walk from Independence Hall. There is a nice courtyard where you can relax and have a snack. You can do a self guided tour or you can pay a bit more for a headset tour. The house is...More

Thank Dixie H
Reviewed July 6, 2016

Cute little historic house, still very well preserved and super interesting to visit. There's an actress playing Betsy in her workshop telling us the story of how she received the request to sew the first american flag by George Washington himself. There's also another actress...More

Thank anacr0ss
Betsy R, Seamstress, Flagmaker at Betsy Ross House, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2016

We're so glad you enjoyed your tour! We would just like to be clear that Phillis is not Betsy's slave. Phillis is a freed African American woman who went to school, learned to read, and acquired valuable domestic skills such as cooking and laundry, which...More

Reviewed July 6, 2016

The highlight for me was the visit with Betsy at the end. She showed my kids how to make a 5-point star effortlessly. House is small which makes the tour fairly short. Fun nonetheless.

1  Thank Keith M
Reviewed July 5, 2016

I recommend going through the Betsy Ross house with the audio tour and also taking a moment in between to fully appreciate your surroundings while you are there. The audio tour definitely provides more information than I would have picked up otherwise. The house is...More

Thank Suzanne O
Reviewed July 4, 2016

This is a neat place to visit - doesn't take long, but there are some steep skinny stairs if you want to see the whole house. Loved "Betsy" telling us about herself. We were here about 30 min. was cheap to see. Cute gift shop...More

Thank jhd28
Reviewed July 3, 2016

The house is very small compared to modern houses but it showed what living conditions was like in 1700s Philadelphia. It is well preserved and nicely decorated, makes me wonder how the women lived and worked in such a place. It is also interesting to...More

Thank Daniel C
Reviewed July 1, 2016

It's hard to conceive how a family could live in this tiny little house. Well preserved and tastefully decorated. Great for kids.

1  Thank Sylvia M
Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a most while in Philadelphia, it is important that everyone visit Betsy Ross house and learn the history of our flag and the way our ancestors lived!!!

Thank Rony P
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What is the difference between audio tour and self guided tour? I could not find anything on their website or google. Appreciate your inputs on this! Thanks!
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
How long is the tour?
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!