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Address: Fourth and Arch sts., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 12156272667
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

William Penn gave the Society of Friends, the Quakers, land for the Meeting...

William Penn gave the Society of Friends, the Quakers, land for the Meeting House. In the last week of March, 12,000 Friends congregate here to receive the spirits guidance.

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The meeting house has an exhibit on William Penn, his life and Quaker life, as well as tours of the meeting house. However, it is not always open during the hours they claim to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

The meeting house has an exhibit on William Penn, his life and Quaker life, as well as tours of the meeting house. However, it is not always open during the hours they claim to be. Bear this in mind.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Whether or not you are familiar with the Society of Friends (Quakers), this building is a national treasure. Try to visit when you can attend the Friends' meeting for worship; all are welcome. Learn about the Quakers' role in the establishment of this colony and the new country.

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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

One of the earliest Quaker Meeting Houses in the USA. There are explanatory displays about Quakerism and its role in the early development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The peace and simplicity of the meeting rooms provide a glimpse into Quakerism. Close to other early settlement attractions and well worth visiting to gain a rounded view of the early colonial... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

A thoughtful, knowledgeable Quaker led us to displays about the church's origins and answered our questions about the founders' beliefs and goals. This site is within blocks of Christ Church, which was another site where believers gathered at the founding of our country which enables visitors to get several perspectives in a short while.

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Hamilton, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The still practicing Quaker prayer house is the oldest Friends (Quakers) Meeting House in Philadelphia and the largest in the world. It was built in 1804 and enlarged in 1811. It is not only enriching from the historical point of view but enables to a visitor a rare glimpse into the teachings of the Friends. The rather austere interior stripped... More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The docent was informative and the museum is interesting too. My ancestors were Quakers there and it was interesting to see the exhibit about Norris because my kin had a business on Norris Alley. i'd have liked to find out exactly which passageway was Norris. only Elfreth seems named.

Dunedin, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

this 17th/18th c. religious house of worship is devine in its simplicity and quality workmanship and quality building materials. Quakers were pacifists and thus suspect to the rebels for the wrong reasons in my opinion. But do close your eyes and wiggle your feet on the gravel and go back in time.

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Swedesboro, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I have visited many Quaker Meeting Houses and I had looked forward to this one. However there was a meeting of Quakers from throughout the region there the day we visited and the Meeting House was very crowded. The docent certainly knew a lot about the Meeting House and the history of the Quakers in the Philadelphia area, but it... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Sporting the largest Quaker Meeting House in the states, this has a strong feeling of history to the building of the state. It has a few nice pieces of information to read and look at, but it doesn't take long to walk through this active Meeting House and I would certainly recommend a few minutes spent inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a early Quaker meeting hall with an interesting history. Guides on-site will talk with you about its history and the philosophy of the Quakers.

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