Betsy Ross House

Betsy-Parlor-SmallSTAMP Hours

March – November, Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed for Thanksgiving)
December – February, Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed Christmas Day)
Open until 8 p.m. on First Fridays from June – October

About 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. Though she’s become an American icon for the part she played in the birth of our nation, there’s a fascinating real woman behind the legend. Betsy Ross was a wife, working mother and entrepreneur who led a life filled with triumph and tragedy.

As the story goes, Betsy Ross was a young widow running an upholstery business from a rented rowhome when she was visited by George Washington, Robert Morris and her late husband’s uncle, George Ross, and asked to stitch a flag for the new nation. Betsy took on the commission, which would lead to a 50-year-long flag-making career.

Built more than 250 years ago, the building now known as The Betsy Ross House was home to not just Betsy, but to dozens of artisans and shopkeepers over the years before it was opened to the public as a museum in 1898. Today, the Betsy Ross House is one of the most visited historic house museums in the country, but also one of the few to emphasize women’s history, particularly working class women’s history.

Read more about the Betsy Ross House at historicphiladelphia.org.

Location

239 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Getting There

  • Two blocks from 2nd Street stop of the Market-Frankford el
  • 5, 48 and 57 Septa buses stop at the corner of 3rd and Arch
  • 17, 21, 33 and 42 Septa buses stop at 2nd and Market

Accessibility

Portions of the first floor of the Historic House are accessible to those with mobility issues. A complimentary audio guide and visual aid are available to those who cannot do the narrow, winding stairs in the house. Courtyard, gift shop and gallery are accessible and there is also an accessible restroom.

Snack/Shop

There is a  seasonal snack bar in courtyard (April – August). Gift shop is open year-round.

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