Betsy Ross House

Meet the First Lady of the Stars & Stripes every day


Betsy Ross House

Special Exhibits

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

historic philadelphia group tours, school groups, entertainment

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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