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Offering an insight into the life and times of the seamstress who purportedly made the first American flag, Betsy Ross House serves as one of Philadelphia's major landmarks and is an important stop for any serious history buff. Although the claim that Betsy Ross lived here and sewed that first flag are now considered apocryphal, the house remains one of the most-visited tourist sites in the city. Built in 1740 just a few blocks from Philadelphia's other major historic sites, this modest home is an example of the Pennsylvania Colonial style architecture. Renovated and expanded in the 1930s, the house offers self-guided and audio tours, as well as short presentations about Ross' life and her role in American history. Plan to see Betsy Ross House and other attractions that appeal to you using our Philadelphia road trip planner.
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Betsy Ross House reviews
Too expensive for a short tour. House is very small and not much room to walk around. The outside is more interesting.
Too expensive for a short tour. House is very small and not much room to walk around. The outside is more interesting. more »
This was a cool spot a few blocks away from the NPS sites. My mom was super excited and really enjoyed it. Most of the exhibits went over my kids' heads, but the hands on kitchen exhibit saved the..... more
This was a cool spot a few blocks away from the NPS sites. My mom was super excited and really enjoyed it. Most of the exhibits went over my kids' heads, but the hands on kitchen exhibit saved the..... more »
We went while visiting my daughter for Thanksgiving, and we had a nice time. Very informative. Love learning the history.
We went while visiting my daughter for Thanksgiving, and we had a nice time. Very informative. Love learning the history. more »
Good background on the life of Betsy Ross. Plenty of information even if you don't pay the extra could of dollars for the audio tour. The rooms in the house have been refurnished with period furniture to provide effect. Did learn quite a bit about Betsy. Good gift shop attached. Staff friendly and helpful. There are some steep, winding stairs in the house which must be navigated to get to the exit.
This historical site was interesting, fun, and had a live, interactive Betsy Ross inside! She was full of knowledge and answered all of the questions we'd thought of during our self-tour of the rest of the home with ease. There was nothing she couldn't answer. And the gift shop inside, while expensive, was really cute and nicely done. I'd definitely recommend visiting on your trip to Philadelphia!
This was a nice stop on a cold day! They have a very nice little souvenir shop, the museum is small, but well maintained, and they even had an employee dressed as Betsy sewing and answering questions as Betsy. The is a nice courtyard, where Betsy has a gravestone/memorial. We were glad we made a stop!
This is a really fun and interesting house to discover how people and Betsy Ross would have lived in the 1700s, but they should be more forthcoming about the myth of her involvement with the creation of the flag. It's very cool to see how the actor portrays her in the upholstery shop and to see how one would have operated, and to have her answer questions from visitors as Betsy. Highly recommended visit! Everyone who works there is extremely pleasant and the courtyard area is a nice place to sit!
You HAVE to visit Betsy Ross’s house when you’re in Philly. It’s not only a great place to learn about the lady who sewed the first official U.S. flag, but it’s very interesting to see her house on the inside and learn about how they used to live back in the 1770’s. You only pay $8 per person for a self-guided tour. It was honestly a good deal for the great experience I had. Spoiler Alert: you end up the tour by going into the sewing room where you’ll see an actress acting as Betsy Ross and she can answer your questions delightfully and with a sense of humor. See the pictures! DON’T MISS THIS ONE 👍🏼
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