Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House The birthplace of the American flag. Operated and managed by Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
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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. Also, be sure to experience our special events - like Historic Chocolate Making!

Mark your calendar for the Old City Holiday Tree Lighting at the Betsy Ross House ๐ŸŽ„Get in the holiday spirit on November...
11/15/2023

Mark your calendar for the Old City Holiday Tree Lighting at the Betsy Ross House ๐ŸŽ„

Get in the holiday spirit on November 29 and keep your eye out for a very special guest to arrive via fire truck to help with the lighting ๐ŸŽ…

Visit https://bit.ly/3ugL3Bz for more details.

Did you know that Betsy Ross's Upholstery Shop is the only fully functioning 18th-century upholstery shop in the country...
11/14/2023

Did you know that Betsy Ross's Upholstery Shop is the only fully functioning 18th-century upholstery shop in the country? The shop's most recent project, a new 13-star American Flag, was completed yesterday! Check out Betsy with her finished product!

It's never too early to do some holiday shopping ๐ŸŽ Stop by the Betsy Ross House Museum Shop today and find gifts for the...
11/09/2023

It's never too early to do some holiday shopping ๐ŸŽ Stop by the Betsy Ross House Museum Shop today and find gifts for the history buff in your life!

With Betsy Ross items ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Philadelphia items ๐Ÿ”” and Rocky items ๐ŸฅŠ there's something for everyone. You can even grab an ornament for the tree ๐ŸŽ„

Take a tour and get ahead on your shopping today! Learn more at https://bit.ly/43wnLDJ

Did you know that we're celebrating 250 years since the opening of Betsy Ross's upholstery shop? ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธMeet the legend herse...
11/07/2023

Did you know that we're celebrating 250 years since the opening of Betsy Ross's upholstery shop? ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Meet the legend herself in the fully functioning 18th-century upholstery shop! Ask her questions and see what sewing projects she's working on! ๐Ÿชก

11/06/2023

A year of special events at the home of America's most famous flag maker...

Don't miss the celebration! Hear the love story of Betsy & John Ross this Friday at the Betsy Ross House! โค๏ธCelebrate th...
10/31/2023

Don't miss the celebration! Hear the love story of Betsy & John Ross this Friday at the Betsy Ross House! โค๏ธ

Celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Betsy & John's marriage this Friday at Tipsy History: A Love Story.

๐Ÿธ An added bonus... receive a "love potion" cocktail with your ticket to enjoy during your special love-themed tour!

Get your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3sdkrkc

This event is part of a yearlong celebration of two important milestones in the life of Betsy Ross โ€ฆ the 250th anniversaries of both her marriage to John Ross and the opening of the coupleโ€™s upholstery shop, which operates today using the same traditional 18th-century craftsmanship.

Learn the story of love that led to the opening of Betsy's Upholstery Shop 250 years ago while you sip on a special "lov...
10/30/2023

Learn the story of love that led to the opening of Betsy's Upholstery Shop 250 years ago while you sip on a special "love potion" cocktail! โค๏ธ๐Ÿธ

Join us November 3 to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Rossโ€™s November 1773 marriage. Meet a young Betsy Ross just after her elopement with John Ross. Then, take a special love-themed tour of the Betsy Ross House.

Visit https://bit.ly/3sdkrkc to get your tickets today!

This event is part of a yearlong celebration of two important milestones in the life of Betsy Ross โ€ฆ the 250th anniversaries of both her marriage to John Ross and the opening of the coupleโ€™s upholstery shop, which operates today using the same traditional 18th-century craftsmanship.

Calling all history buffs! In conjunction with the Museum of the American Revolution, the Betsy Ross House is hosting tw...
10/27/2023

Calling all history buffs! In conjunction with the Museum of the American Revolution, the Betsy Ross House is hosting two free special events in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard this weekend!

Saturday | 11am - 3pm: ๐ŸŽ–๏ธ Join a Revolutionary War soldier in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard as he explains the Daily life of a typical infantryman in Washingtonโ€™s Continental Army.

Sunday | 11am - 3pm: ๐Ÿ‘ฉ Meet the Women of the 18th Century at the Betsy Ross House. Learn about their lives and the era they lived in by hearing their true, interactive stories! This edition of Meet the Women of the 18th Century will feature Margaret Woodby and Susanna Cook.

Visit https://bit.ly/3X6e51b for more details!

Halloween is almost here๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ๐ŸŽƒ This weekend is your last chance to experience Spooky Twilight Tours at the Betsy Ross House...
10/25/2023

Halloween is almost here๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ๐ŸŽƒ This weekend is your last chance to experience Spooky Twilight Tours at the Betsy Ross House!

Learn the gruesome tales of Philadelphia's past about bloodletting, smallpox, yellow fever, and other gross experiences in this spooky, shadowy tour ๐ŸŒ•๐Ÿ‘ป

Make a night of it with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.'s Spooky Twosome Package! Take a Spooky Twilight Tour at the Betsy Ross House and play a round of Spooky Mini Golf!

Visit https://bit.ly/48oyrbf for tickets!

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Experience history at the Betsy Ross House! Walk in the footsteps of American icon, Betsy Ross... and even meet her i...
10/19/2023

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Experience history at the Betsy Ross House! Walk in the footsteps of American icon, Betsy Ross... and even meet her in her fully functional upholstery shop! ๐Ÿงต

Looking to get in the Halloween spirit? Make sure you check out our limited Spooky Twilight Tours! ๐Ÿฆ‡๐ŸŒ• Only available Friday and Saturday evenings in October, these spooky, shadowy tours are sure to raise your heart rate ๐Ÿ˜จ

Learn more today at https://bit.ly/43wnLDJ

Are you ready for an evening of crafting and cocktails? ๐Ÿชก๐Ÿธ This month's Sip & Stitch is tomorrow - join us with your dri...
10/18/2023

Are you ready for an evening of crafting and cocktails? ๐Ÿชก๐Ÿธ This month's Sip & Stitch is tomorrow - join us with your drink of choice and a crafting project that you're working on ๐Ÿงต

If you don't have your own project, we'll have supplies for you to make your own tea towel with instructions from Betsy Ross House Operations Manager & Historical Costumer, Meredith Laboon!

This event is free but has limited capacity and is nearly full, so reserve your spot today at https://bit.ly/3PTyK5i

Looking for the spookiest experience in Philadelphia this week? Check out our Spooky Twosome package! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ•ท๏ธPutt through 18...
10/17/2023

Looking for the spookiest experience in Philadelphia this week? Check out our Spooky Twosome package! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ

Putt through 18 holes of chills and thrills at Spooky Mini Golf in Franklin Square โ›ณ๐Ÿ’€ and learn the more gruesome facts of Philadelphia's history (think bloodletting and smallpox๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿฉธ๐Ÿ˜จ) with Spooky Twilight Tours at the Betsy Ross House!

๐Ÿ”—๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Visit https://bit.ly/3rWvL41 for more information and tickets!

The NLCS starts TONIGHT! Betsy is saying Go Fightins' all week long! โšพShe's also wishing Bryce Harper a happy birthday t...
10/16/2023

The NLCS starts TONIGHT! Betsy is saying Go Fightins' all week long! โšพ

She's also wishing Bryce Harper a happy birthday today - we know he wants a win (and maybe even a homerun) as his gift! ๐ŸŽ

Spooky Twilight Tours start TOMORROW! ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ Get your tickets today and learn the macabre truths of Philadelphia's past. He...
10/12/2023

Spooky Twilight Tours start TOMORROW! ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ Get your tickets today and learn the macabre truths of Philadelphia's past. Hear tales of bloodletting, smallpox, yellow fever, and other gross experiences. ๐Ÿฉธ

Tours run Fridays and Saturdays through the end of October, and tickets are only $12. Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/48oyrbf today!

Spooky Twilight Tours kick off THIS Friday! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ‘ป Learn about the gruesome history of infection, and inoculation in Philade...
10/10/2023

Spooky Twilight Tours kick off THIS Friday! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ‘ป Learn about the gruesome history of infection, and inoculation in Philadelphia and find out what it was like to live in the ghastly 18th Century. ๐Ÿ’€

Visit https://bit.ly/48oyrbf to get your tickets today!

PRO TIP: Check out our Spooky Twosome package - get a Spooky Twilight Tour at the Betsy Ross House and a round of Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square!

Stop by the Betsy Ross House this coming Monday to meet the Navy History and Heritage Command! They'll be showing with h...
10/05/2023

Stop by the Betsy Ross House this coming Monday to meet the Navy History and Heritage Command! They'll be showing with historic uniforms from USS Olympia and USS Becuna, equipment, cookbooks, etc. from the Navyโ€™s past!

They'll also teach you the historic ties between the Navy and Philadelphia - Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate Navy and Marine Week!

Will Betsy be teaching the Phanatic how to sew a World Series Pennant next month? ๐Ÿ‘€ All we know is that sheโ€™s saying Go ...
10/04/2023

Will Betsy be teaching the Phanatic how to sew a World Series Pennant next month? ๐Ÿ‘€

All we know is that sheโ€™s saying Go Phillies today!! RING THE BELL ๐Ÿ””

๐—ฉ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜† vexยทโ€‹ilยทโ€‹lolยทโ€‹oยทโ€‹gy ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ - The study of flagsThe North American National Vexillology Association (NAVA) is h...
10/04/2023

๐—ฉ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜† vexยทโ€‹ilยทโ€‹lolยทโ€‹oยทโ€‹gy ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ - The study of flags

The North American National Vexillology Association (NAVA) is holding its 57th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this weekend! We're excited to offer $1 off of house tours to any meeting attendees this Friday, October 6!

This Friday is our LAST Movie Night of the year! Come see our spookiest presentation of the fall: "Night of the Living D...
10/03/2023

This Friday is our LAST Movie Night of the year! Come see our spookiest presentation of the fall: "Night of the Living Dead"๐ŸงŸ

Grab some food and your favorite bottle of wine for this BYO event in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿท๐ŸŽฅ

ICYMI: Get your tickets now for Spooky Twilight Tours starting October 13! This spooky, shadowy tour of the House is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’€

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit https://bit.ly/48FQTvO

Ever wondered how the first flag was sewn? ๐Ÿค” Learn today from Betsy Ross herself in her authentic 1700s upholstery shop ...
10/02/2023

Ever wondered how the first flag was sewn? ๐Ÿค” Learn today from Betsy Ross herself in her authentic 1700s upholstery shop - the country's only fully functioning 18th century upholstery shop! ๐Ÿงต

Plan your visit and learn more about the shop at https://bit.ly/3J0TrcY

Spooky Twilight Tours return to the Betsy Ross House on October 13! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธTake a trip back to Colonial Philadelphia and lea...
09/26/2023

Spooky Twilight Tours return to the Betsy Ross House on October 13! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ

Take a trip back to Colonial Philadelphia and learn the gruesome truths of the time - bloodletting, smallpox, yellow fever, and other gross experiences. ๐Ÿค’๐Ÿฉธ

After you learn why Philadelphia was a ghastly place to be, head into the Betsy Ross House for a spooky, shadowy tour.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/48oyrbf

Let the original Stars & Stripes play backdrop to your special event! Escape the noise of the city and host your intimat...
09/21/2023

Let the original Stars & Stripes play backdrop to your special event! Escape the noise of the city and host your intimate gathering in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3Y4HRno

๐Ÿ“ท - Andrew Harnik

Give your loved one a message that will last a lifetime with an inscribed brick in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard!Buy yo...
09/20/2023

Give your loved one a message that will last a lifetime with an inscribed brick in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard!

Buy your brick today at https://bit.ly/39cWopG

๐Ÿชก Meet the legend behind the stars and stripes - Betsy Ross! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Take a captivating tour of her historic home today. Expe...
09/19/2023

๐Ÿชก Meet the legend behind the stars and stripes - Betsy Ross! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Take a captivating tour of her historic home today.

Experience American history firsthand at the Betsy Ross House! โœจ

Plan your visit at https://bit.ly/43wnLDJ

Planning a field trip? Work with our Field Trip Coordinator to plan a trip that fits your students' needs. Choose from c...
09/14/2023

Planning a field trip? Work with our Field Trip Coordinator to plan a trip that fits your students' needs. Choose from captivating experiences like a Betsy Ross House Tour, a Story Stroll through Historic Philadelphia, a History Maker Tour led by one of our specially trained History Makers, and much more: https://bit.ly/3ZkFGg6

๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’€ Spooky Twilight Tours kick off exactly one month from today, on Friday the 13th! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ•ท๏ธThis tour is not for the faint of...
09/13/2023

๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’€ Spooky Twilight Tours kick off exactly one month from today, on Friday the 13th! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ

This tour is not for the faint of heart! Learn about the gruesome history of infection and inoculation. Hear true, grim tales about bloodletting, smallpox, yellow fever, and other gross experiences.

For more details and tickets, visit: https://bit.ly/3PjgLEV

Do you know where in the Betsy Ross House this stained glass portrait is? Comment below! โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธThis stained glass depicts ...
09/12/2023

Do you know where in the Betsy Ross House this stained glass portrait is? Comment below! โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ

This stained glass depicts a meeting between Betsy and and some of America's founding fathers, who asked Betsy to sew the Nation's first flag.

Tour the Betsy Ross House today and see if you can spot it.
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ - https://bit.ly/3Ew3ILz

Step into the Colonial world of Betsy Ross! Tour the house where she sewed the first US Flag and meet Betsy herself in h...
09/07/2023

Step into the Colonial world of Betsy Ross! Tour the house where she sewed the first US Flag and meet Betsy herself in her upholstery shop - be sure to ask her any questions you may have!

Visit https://bit.ly/3J0TrcY for more information!

Join us at the Betsy Ross House for an evening of stitching and socializing!Bring your own beverage and stitching projec...
09/06/2023

Join us at the Betsy Ross House for an evening of stitching and socializing!

Bring your own beverage and stitching project, if you have one - If not, weโ€™ll have supplies for you to start a project of your own! All crafts and experience levels are welcome!

Each Sip & Stitch will be hosted by a different member of the stitching community, giving you the chance to learn new skills each month.

This event is free, but will be capped at 25 participants. Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/45RuKIW

We all know the stories of Betsy Ross as an upholsterer (or at least one of them!)... but did you know that her name and...
09/05/2023

We all know the stories of Betsy Ross as an upholsterer (or at least one of them!)... but did you know that her name and image were used to market stitching products long after she passed?

Learn about it in the "Heavens to Betsy: Selling an American Icon" virtual exhibit at https://bit.ly/3QEBVjl

This is your last chance to Meet the Women of the 18th Century! Stop by the Betsy Ross House this weekend to meet Betsy ...
09/01/2023

This is your last chance to Meet the Women of the 18th Century! Stop by the Betsy Ross House this weekend to meet Betsy and her Colonial History Maker friends! The last day to experience Storytelling Benches, History Makers, and Women of the 18th Century is Labor Day! Get out and explore America's Most Historic Square Mile today!

Join us this Friday for First Friday Movies Under the Stars & Stripes at the Betsy Ross House! This month's feature is "...
08/30/2023

Join us this Friday for First Friday Movies Under the Stars & Stripes at the Betsy Ross House!

This month's feature is "War of the Satellites".

Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/42kLfv1

Make this week ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐‘œ๐“‡๐’พ๐’ธ!Come to the Betsy Ross House and meet Betsy in her upholstery shop! ๐Ÿ  She'll teach you about the...
08/29/2023

Make this week ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐‘œ๐“‡๐’พ๐’ธ!

Come to the Betsy Ross House and meet Betsy in her upholstery shop! ๐Ÿ  She'll teach you about the five-pointed star that adorns our nation's flag. โญ

๐Ÿ“… This week is also the last week of 2023 to Meet the Women of the 18th Century! Meet women like Mary Crathorne the chocolate and mustard maker, Margaret Woodby the cake baker, and Peggy Chew the socialite - they'll be here Friday - Sunday!

Visit https://bit.ly/3rk1ICR for more info!

Looking for the perfect way to commemorate a special event, let someone know you care about them, or leave a permanent s...
08/24/2023

Looking for the perfect way to commemorate a special event, let someone know you care about them, or leave a permanent special message in Philadelphia? Buy a custom engraved brick from Historic Philadelphia ! Bricks can be laid in the Betsy Ross House courtyard or around the Rendell Family Fountain in Franklin Square !

Brick proceeds support Franklin Squareโ€™s maintenance and operation and Betsy Ross House exhibitions and programs!

Visit https://bit.ly/3YPszTV to learn more and customize your brick today!

Looking for the perfect gift for the history buff in your life? Stop by the Betsy Ross House Museum Shop today to find s...
08/23/2023

Looking for the perfect gift for the history buff in your life? Stop by the Betsy Ross House Museum Shop today to find souvenirs, handmade gifts, books, and more! You might even see Betsy herself in the shop if you're lucky!

Step back in time this week with a tour of the Betsy Ross House! Summer is winding down... give the kids another great m...
08/22/2023

Step back in time this week with a tour of the Betsy Ross House! Summer is winding down... give the kids another great memory before they head back to school!

Plan your visit at https://tinyurl.com/4y36zj7u today!

Betsy Ross Bread? Betsy Ross Beer? Betsy Ross TROLL DOLL??? Learn how an idealized version of Betsy Ross has sprung from...
08/17/2023

Betsy Ross Bread? Betsy Ross Beer? Betsy Ross TROLL DOLL???

Learn how an idealized version of Betsy Ross has sprung from American culture through kitsch despite there being no surviving image of Ross herself in our new online exhibition.

Heavens to Betsy: Selling an American Icon

https://bit.ly/3saOlVL

Experience where Betsy Ross made the nation's first flag - meet Betsy in her fully functioning upholstery shop and ask a...
08/15/2023

Experience where Betsy Ross made the nation's first flag - meet Betsy in her fully functioning upholstery shop and ask about her meetings with George Washington!

Plan your trip at https://bit.ly/3YBIB3t

Happy National Cat Day!Why are there cats in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard...? Is it because Betsy had a few feline fri...
08/08/2023

Happy National Cat Day!

Why are there cats in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard...?

Is it because Betsy had a few feline friends? No.

Maybe another tenant of the house had some? Also no.

The person who commissioned the fountain in the Courtyard just REALLY loved cats! We think they make a great addition! What do you think?

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿชก๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป Meet Betsy Ross in her Upholstery Shop this weekend! Learn the story of the Nation's first flag and ask her questi...
08/04/2023

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿชก๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป Meet Betsy Ross in her Upholstery Shop this weekend! Learn the story of the Nation's first flag and ask her questions about her historic life! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Plan your visit today at https://bit.ly/43wnLDJ

Address

239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
19106

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

(215) 629-4026

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