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.

Hours

  • December 1 - February 28: 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesdays - Sundays
  • March 1 - November 30: 10 am - 5 pm, daily

Admission

Audio Tours

Audio tours include admission to the house.

Self-Guided Tours

 


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!

Pricing

  • All Groups: $2 per person (adults/children/seniors/military/students)

Availability

  • December 1 - February 28: 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesdays - Sundays
  • March 1 - November 30: 10 am - 5 pm, daily

Walk-up tickets are available at the Betsy Ross House front desk for all school groups. Advanced reservations are required for tour operators.

Additional Information

  • K-12 educators planning student group trips to the Betsy Ross House, please contact Mike Adams, Education Coordinator, at MAdams@historicphiladelphia.org or call 215.629.5801 x240 for all tour inquiries.
  • For additional information regarding all other group tour bookings (tour operators, etc.), special accommodations, or other inquiries, please contact Alison English, Group Sales & Education Outreach Manager, at aenglish@historicphiladelphia.org or call 215.629.5801 x209.

Hear Betsy's Story With New 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 business woman, revolutionary, mother and wife.

New 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.”


Tickets

Hours

  • December 1 - February 28: 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesdays - Sundays
  • March 1 - November 30: 10 am - 5 pm, daily

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Additional Information

  • For additional information regarding ticketing, special accommodations, or other inquiries, please contact Tim Berry, Operations and Ticketing Manager, by email at tberry@historicphiladelphia.org or call 215.629.5801 x303.

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.

Hours

  • December 1 - February 28: 10 am - 4 pm, Tuesdays - Sundays
  • March 1 - November 30: 10 am - 4 pm, daily

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Special Events

Women's History Month

Sundays, March 1 - 31

Celebrate Women's History Month and meet the women who helped shape Colonial Philadelphia at the Betsy Ross House! From socialites to chocolate makers, meet and talk with famous and not-so-famous women from Philadelphia's Colonial past. All Women's History Month events are FREE with admission to the Betsy Ross House.

  • Meet Mary Crathorne, Chocolate Maker
    March 1, 11 am - 4 pm
    Discover chocolate's patriotic history with 18th century entrepreneur, Mary Crathorne, and enjoy FREE samples of American Heritage™ Chocolate.
  • Once Upon A Nation Storytelling
    March 8, 11 am - 4 pm
    Hear empowering stories of women from the 18th and 19th centuries as told by an award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storyteller.
  • Meet Sarah Melton, Mantua Maker
    March 15, 11 am - 4 pm
    As a high-end dressmaker, Sarah Melton found herself at the nexus of the working and upper class societies of 18th century Philadelphia.
  • Meet Rebecca Franks, British Loyalist
    March 22, 11 am - 4 pm
    As the Revolutionary War swept through the colonies, Philadelphia socialite, Rebecca Franks, swore allegiance to the British flag and infamously danced with Redcoat soldiers.
  • Meet Hannah Lithgow, Business Owner
    March 29, 11 am - 4 pm
    A widowed businesswoman, Hannah Lithgow rented a room to Betsy Ross in the house where she crafted the first American flag.

Special Exhibits

A Museum in the Making: The American Flag House & Betsy Ross Memorial Association, 1898 - 1941

Starting February 1, the Betsy Ross House tells its own story in the brand new exhibit, A Museum in the Making: The American Flag House & Betsy Ross Memorial Association, 1898 - 1941. Through archival photos and one-of-a-kind museum artifacts, learn how a group of everyday citizens came together to transform a humble home into a treasured landmark.

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Dressing the Bed

This unique ongoing living history exhibition features Betsy Ross, in her upholstery shop, stitching bed curtains using 18th century hand-sewing techniques. When finished, the bed curtains will be installed in Betsy's bedroom for ongoing display.

 

 

 

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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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Group Information

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