Betsy Ross House

Official Site

Betsy Ross House

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.

Location & Hours

The Betsy Ross House is located in Philadelphia's charming Historic District at 239 Arch Street.

  • March 1 - November 30, 2019: Daily, 10 am - 5pm
    • Extended hours until 6 pm: June 9 - September 2
    • Extended hours until 8 pm: June 14; Thursdays, June 13 - August 29; First Fridays, June - October
  • December 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020: Tuesdays - Sundays, 10 am - 5pm; closed at 3 pm on December 24 (Open Martin Luther King, Jr. Day & Presidents' Day)

The Betsy Ross House Gift shop and Courtyard are open daily, unless otherwise noted, from 10 am - 5 pm.


Admission

Audio Tours

Audio tours include admission to the house.

Self-Guided Tours

 

Please note: The nearly 300-year-old narrow, winding stairs of the Betsy Ross House are not accessible to strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, or motorized scooters. For guests with mobility issues, the Museum offers either a “first-floor tour”, which includes some walking and two steps up/down. For those unable to walk unassisted, we offer a complimentary audio guide with a book of pictures depicting the inside of the house. The courtyard, including Betsy Ross’s grave and a seasonal medicinal herb garden, the museum store, and exhibition gallery are all accessible. A first floor accessible restroom is also available. Please refer to our staff when you arrive, we are happy to accommodate any needs to ensure a fun and informative visit to our museum!


Group Tours

Planning a group trip to Philadelphia? The Betsy Ross House offers discounted admission to ALL groups of 20 or more. Experience the history of this iconic landmark and meet the First Lady of the Stars & Stripes!

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Hear Betsy's Story With An Audio Tour!

Now when you tour this authentic 18th-century home you can meet Betsy and listen to her story of love, death, and the Revolutionary War. Come and experience the birthplace of the American flag as you hear all about Betsy Ross’s life - the businesswoman, revolutionary, mother, and wife.

Kid’s Audio Tours Available!

Now kids ages 4 – 8 can tour the house as they learn about Betsy Ross, the flag, and life in the 18th century while they solve 13 “history mysteries.”


Additional Information



Betsy Ross House Virtual Tour

Want to check out some of the House's rooms before your visit? Take the virtual 360-degree tour.

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Meet Betsy in Her Upholstery Shop

Meet Betsy in person, hard at work plying her trade, and have the chance to ask the famous lady, not only about how she came to sew the nation's first Stars & Stripes but all about her fascinating life and business. See real upholsterer's tools and learn first-hand how they were used in this exhibit made possible with the support of American Express.

  • Through June 7: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am - 5 pm; Friday, June 7: 10 am - 8 pm
  • June 9 - September 2: Friday - Wednesday: 10 am - 6 pm; Thursdays and First Fridays: 10 am - 8pm
  • September 3 - November 30: Monday – Friday: 10 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am - 5 pm; Friday, November 29: 10 am - 5 pm

Special Exhibits

View a Piece of History: The Claypoole Bible

Beginning on Sunday, June 9, Betsy’s family bible, known as the Claypoole Bible, will be on display for one month only! Recently restored, the Bible will be debuted to the public as part of Flag Fest 2019 held at the Betsy Ross House. Printed in 1719, the Bible was a gift from Betsy’s aunt, Sarah Holloway, and contains the family register of births and deaths, recorded by Betsy’s third husband, John Claypoole. The American Bible Society allowed for the conservation of this important piece of history with the conservation work performed by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Do not miss the chance to witness this fascinating piece of history on display June 9 through July 7!

 

Stitching the Story Together: Betsy Ross and the American Flag

Discover the life behind the legend in a new exhibit exploring Betsy Ross and the work that made her one of the most well-known women in American history. From her work in upholstery and flag making to a larger than life painting, explore truths and misconceptions about Betsy Ross and how her story grew from an oral tradition to a house museum visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year.

Generously funded by the McLean Contributionship.

Furnishing the Widow’s Chamber

Observe as Betsy Ross stitches a full set of chintz bed hangings for Hannah Lithgow, the widowed owner of the home who ran multiple boarding houses and lived here alongside Betsy. In addition to the hand-sewn upholstery work, other changes in the bedchamber reflect new research and interpretation of Hannah Lithgow and a more open flow for guests.

Generously funded by Dr. Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn.

Women at Work in Revolutionary America

This interactive exhibit highlights the household tasks performed by women in the 18th century, specifically food shopping and laundry, and the women who performed them.

Meet Phillis at the Betsy Ross House

A free African Ameircan woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia, Phillis went to school to learn to read and was then indentured where she acquired valuable domestic skills, such as cooking and laundry, which she used to support herself when she received her freedom at the age of 21. As a free woman of color, she lived in a growing and active community of free blacks in 18th century Philadelphia.

  • April 1 - June 30: Saturdays and Sundays and June 14: Noon - 5 pm
  • July 4 - November 30: Thursdays - Sundays: Noon - 5 pm
  • December 1 - February 29: Saturdays and Sundays: Noon - 5 pm & December 26 - 31, January 20, and February 17

 

 

 

Group Information

Group Activities, Tours, and Unique Experiences

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Plan your group trip to Historic Philadelphia with unique experiences from the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square, and Once Upon A Nation! From interactive Storytelling tours and Philadelphia-themed mini golf to performances by historic reenactors, it's all listed right here!

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