Betsy Ross House tickets
The woman – the house – the flag. No trip to Philadelphia is complete without a visit to the home of America’s most famous flagmaker, a revolutionary woman, and an American icon, Betsy Ross. The Betsy Ross House, a circa-1740 row house, is located right in the heart of Historic Philadelphia and has been restored to the period around 1777 when Betsy Ross lived and worked there.
The Betsy Ross House is one of the most popular historic things to do in Philadelphia and a great way to learn about what life and business was like (especially for a revolutionary woman) in Philadelphia in the late 1700s.
The Philadelphia Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility.
Take the self-guided audio tour and learn all about 18th century Philadelphia and the legendary story of the creation of America’s first flag. You’ll get to see first-hand how Betsy Ross turned her formal training as an upholsterer into a full-fledged successful business in Colonial Philadelphia’s bustling commercial district. Hear the well-known story of Betsy Ross sewing the first Stars & Stripes – symbols that are literally woven into the colorful fabric of America’s rich history – while experiencing her famous home come to life with the sights and sounds of the Philadelphia she knew.
You’ll learn all about the many accomplishments of this progressively modern, woman who lived more than two centuries ago, beyond the role she played in the birth of our nation. As you walk through the exhibits, you’ll hear stories of not only her involvement in the Revolutionary War, but also of Betsy’s life, including her upbringing as Elizabeth Griscom as the 8th of 17 children in a Quaker family, her love life, family life as a mother and wife, and ultimately, her death.
What to expect:
The Philadelphia Pass gets you free general admission and the Audio-Guided Tour.
- The Upholstery Shop: visit Betsy in her upholstery shop to see her in person and watch her working as she sews for her business. You’ll get to see all the tools she used and learn first-hand how they were used by upholsterers in Betsy Ross’ time.
- Women at Work in Revolutionary America: the museum’s newest exhibit features an interactive way to learn about the household tasks performed by women in the 18th century, like food shopping and laundry, and the women who performed these tasks.
- Historic Threads: 250 Years of Flag Making in Philadelphia: this exhibit focuses on the craft and history of the entire industry of flagmaking in Philadelhpia – beyond Betsy Ross’ experience – and walks visitors through flag history, from the 13-star flag stitched in 1776 to the Presidential flags hand-embroidered today and beyond.
Tips for visiting:
- Take the Betsy Ross House Virtual Tour on their website before you go to get acquainted with the house tour and read up on some of the history you’ll learn about.
- The Betsy Ross House is a variation of a “bandbox” style home, with one room on each floor accessible by a winding staircase that reaches from the cellar floor to the top.
- The house was, at various times, also occupied by a shoemaker, a shopkeeper, an apothecary, and of course, an upholsterer, among others.
- According to oral history, George Washington himself asked Betsy Ross if she could make the American Flag based off of a sketch he provided (the original sketch featured thirteen red and white stripes and thirteen six-pointed stars) in 1776.
Your pass includes Betsy Ross House tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.
Present your pass at the admissions desk
Dec., Jan. & Feb.:Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
March - November: Open Daily - 10:00am - 5:00pm
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236 Arch Street
Philadelphia , PA 19106
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