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Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

#12 of 55 in Museums in Philadelphia
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Offering an insight into the life and times of the seamstress who purportedly made the first American flag, Betsy Ross House serves as one of Philadelphia's major landmarks and is an important stop for any serious history buff. Although the claim that Betsy Ross lived here and sewed that first flag are now considered apocryphal, the house remains one of the most-visited tourist sites in the city. Built in 1740 just a few blocks from Philadelphia's other major historic sites, this modest home is an example of the Pennsylvania Colonial style architecture. Renovated and expanded in the 1930s, the house offers self-guided and audio tours, as well as short presentations about Ross' life and her role in American history. Plan to see Betsy Ross House and other attractions that appeal to you using our Philadelphia road trip planner.
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  • We did the audio tour while we were visiting. It was very informative. The rooms all looked like they did during the period Betsy made the flag there. Price was good, your informative and gift shop...  more »
  • This was a very nice historical site that I was happy to see. I spent a good 30 minutes here. Very well preserved house. There was an actor who was representing Betsy Ross and explained what she did.....  more »
  • This was a neat, affordable museum. Very much enjoyed the audio tour. Good info beyond what was posted. Betsy Ross was in residence and we so very much enjoyed talking with her. She did a fantastic job staying in character the whole time even with some of our crazy questions and answers. She definitely knew Betsy Ross' life well and was quick thinking on the spot. The woman working desk where we bought tickets was also so very pleasant. She said audio tour normally takes 30mins. We were there for 55 minutes but this included talking with "Betsy" as well as my girls playing in the kids play kitchen area. In general I would not recommend this museum for young kids. My girls are 9 and 12 and were very interested in Betsy Ross before we came. My 2 younger did not come in and I think would have been a little bored plus the stairs are steep and winding. Great little gem we never would have found without the bus tour!
  • The first time I visited this landmark (along with the Liberty Bell) was when I was a child. I wanted to visit again to revisit the history of this woman and the house. I always seemed to remember the spiral staircase leading to the upstairs. As an adult, it seems even smaller now. Going through the house is pretty fast since it is very small, so the fee of $5.00 to tour is fair price. It is not really great for large groups. They have an area outside for eating and drinking and they have a cute gift shop in the back. They have several people dressed in character from that time period, which is quite entertaining. This landmark is definitely a must see for tourist.

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