Coming Up in Historic Philadelphia!


Tippler’s Tour: Ben Franklin's Birthday

Dates: Friday & Saturday, January 13, 14, 20 & 21

Time: 5:30 pm

Departing Location: Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets

Dr. Benjamin Franklin's SPECIAL Birthday Tippler's Tour returns for FOUR DATES ONLY in January 2017! Hit the streets of Historic Philadelphia with Ben and raise a toast to Philadelphia's favorite Founding Father in honor of his 311th birthday! Delight in lighthearted toasts and spirited songs, delivered by the famous inventor and statesmen himself, and enjoy savory snacks and seasonal beverages at The Franklin Hotel, Victoria Freehouse, The Little Lion, and City Tavern.

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Thank you for coming!

The Parx Liberty Carousel, Philly Mini Golf, and SquareBurger are closed for the season. The Franklin Square Playground remains open year-round. Thank you to all the visitors to Franklin Square during its tenth birthday season! We look forward to seeing you all on Franklin Square's opening day on March 1st.



The Betsy Ross House is open through February 28, Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 am - 5 pm (Open New Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day). The Betsy Ross House will be closed January 30 through February 3.

Meet Phillis the Laundress

Dates: January – March: Fridays – Sundays & Martin Luther King, Jr. Day & President’s Day

Time: Noon - 5 pm

Location: Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

Meet Phillis, a free African American woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia. She 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, Phillis lived in a growing and active community of free blacks in 18th century Philadelphia.

Sponsored by the Connelly Foundation.

New Exhibit Coming Soon!

Historic Threads: 250 Years of Flag Making in Philadelphia

The Betsy Ross House will be unveiling a new exhibit in early 2017. Most people know about Betsy Ross’ famous flag, but she is not the only flag maker who stitched her way into the fabric of Philadelphia’s history. This exhibit will explore the rich history of flag making in Philadelphia, from 13-star flags stitched in 1776 to Presidential flags hand-embroidered today.


Historic Philadelphia Gazette

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Get the latest information about programming and activities for January and February!

Ways to Give

To designate your United Way workplace program gifts to Historic Philadelphia, Inc., please use our Donor Choice Number: 14106. Contributions made through the United Way support our education outreach program.

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

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The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package includes a one- or two- night hotel stay in one of the dozens of participating hotels, FREE hotel parking (up to a $100 value) and a free welcome gift from VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

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