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 Old City neighborhood in the heart of the Historic District and steps away from Independence National Park.
Hours: Open Daily from 10 am - 5 pm
Flag-Raising at the Betsy Ross House
Start your day in the charming Betsy Ross House courtyard with Betsy Ross raising the thirteen-star flag with pomp and circumstance.
July 2 – September 6, daily, 10 am
- Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, open daily, 10 am - 5 pm
Audio Tours (English): Buy tickets/upgrade self-guided tickets on-site
Audio tours include admission to the house.
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 a “first-floor tour”, which includes some walking and two steps up/down. The courtyard, including Betsy Ross’s grave and a seasonal medicinal herb garden, the museum store, and exhibition gallery are all accessible. 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!
Our gift shop, gallery, and restrooms are also accessible. For those who cannot tour the house due to mobility challenges, Betsy will come out to greet you if she is able, and we offer a complimentary audio guide along with a booklet of photos of the house that you can reference while listening to the guide.
We are happy to welcome visitors back to the Betsy Ross House with no limits on capacity or group size. The safety and comfort of our guests and staff continues to be a priority.
We have added air purifiers to each room in the House and exhibition gallery and will continue to follow enhanced cleaning protocols. We ask for your patience with possible increased wait times as staff members use their discretion in managing crowd size during peak hours.
In accordance with federal, state and local guidelines, masks will continue to be required in the House. We look forward to seeing you back at the Betsy Ross House!
Inclement Weather Policy
Historic Philadelphia, Inc. retains the right to cancel, postpone, close attractions at any time. In the event of inclement weather every effort will be made to ensure operations upon the return of safe operating conditions. In the event of a complete cancellation, rain checks will be issued with proof of purchase.
Group ToursThe Betsy Ross House looks forward to welcoming you groups for a safe visit. Group rates are available for 20 or more guests.
Please note: Wait times for group tours of the Betsy Ross House may be longer due to limited capacity. Please plan accordingly to allow for extended wait times.
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 InformationFor additional information regarding ticketing, special accommodations, or other inquiries, please call 215-629-4026 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for the Betsy Ross House is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Betsy Ross House is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
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