Elfreth's Alley Museum

Elfreth's Alley Museum A National Historic Landmark since 1960; home since 1713.
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The Museum of Elfreth’s Alley is a National Historic Landmark that celebrates three centuries of everyday Americans. You've heard the American story through its founders and rulers, come hear it through the lives and experiences of its citizens!

THIS SATURDAY! Join us for Deck the Alley on Sat, December 9th, from 2-6pm ET. During this historic annual fundraiser, r...
12/07/2023

THIS SATURDAY! Join us for Deck the Alley on Sat, December 9th, from 2-6pm ET. During this historic annual fundraiser, residents of Elfreth’s Alley open their homes to the public and are joined by holiday carolers, a handbell choir, the Colonial Brewer mixing historic cocktails, a visit by Santa, and activities for kids! Tickets available here: https://elfrethsalley.ticketleap.com/deck-the-alley-2023/.

All proceeds go to support the Elfreth’s Alley Association and preserve this National Historic Landmark. Join us!

If you’ve been with us for awhile, you know what time it is…✨ If you’re new here, we welcome you, and are excited to int...
11/08/2023

If you’ve been with us for awhile, you know what time it is…✨

If you’re new here, we welcome you, and are excited to introduce you to our beloved Philadelphia holiday tradition, Deck the Alley, Saturday, December 9th!

Hosted annually for decades, this seasonal open house is our biggest fundraiser here at the Alley Association, which allows us to operate our Museum Houses (we have three!), mount exhibits, produce programs, and engage with over 250,000+ visitors a year. Whew!

Come get a rare peek into the privately owned homes on the Alley while sipping cider, shopping in our gift shop, or singing a carol or two.

Tickets available at https://elfrethsalley.ticketleap.com/deck-the-alley-2023/. We hope to see you!

Wow. Just wow. Starting our week over here at the Alley with immense gratitude 💛 Thank you to the over 2,200+ (a record ...
11/06/2023

Wow. Just wow. Starting our week over here at the Alley with immense gratitude 💛 Thank you to the over 2,200+ (a record breaking day for us!) visitors who joined us for our third annual fall Makers Market fundraiser on Saturday.

We are so grateful that this idea, wrapped in the artisan legacy of 300+ years at the Alley, has become a signature event in not only our neighborhood, but our city!

Between vendor fees, gift shop sales, and donations we brought in nearly $3,500 on Saturday, all going directly to our Museum Houses, our preservation efforts, and education outreach. That’s a big deal for our small street.

We’ll see you back on the Alley next May for our spring market. Next up, Deck the Alley! Tis the season ✨

With gratitude,

The Elfreth’s Alley Board of Directors

Hey there Sunday visitors to Elfreth’s Alley - did anyone leave some glasses on the bench near the museum?  We’re keepin...
11/05/2023

Hey there Sunday visitors to Elfreth’s Alley - did anyone leave some glasses on the bench near the museum? We’re keeping them safe- let us know if they are yours.

Rise & shine! It’s Makers Market time 🎉🎉We’ll see you today from 11-4! The Museum House and gift shop are open as well. ...
11/04/2023

Rise & shine! It’s Makers Market time 🎉🎉

We’ll see you today from 11-4! The Museum House and gift shop are open as well. Stock up, give back and support our mission of preserving and protecting this special street and the many stories it shares.

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Additional vendors today include
Ribbons & Rye

Tomorrow’s the day! Meet more of our makers popping up along the Alley from 11-4 🎉 (pictured!)      & more!
11/03/2023

Tomorrow’s the day!

Meet more of our makers popping up along the Alley from 11-4 🎉

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& more!

Mornin’! ☀️🍂 Introducing more of our talented makers joining us at the Alley this Saturday:  (pictured!)    & more! 🎉🎉
11/02/2023

Mornin’! ☀️🍂

Introducing more of our talented makers joining us at the Alley this Saturday:

(pictured!)







& more! 🎉🎉

ROLL CALL! 🎉🎉Introducing some of our awesome artisans popping up at the Alley this Saturday!  philadelphia   & many more...
11/01/2023

ROLL CALL! 🎉🎉

Introducing some of our awesome artisans popping up at the Alley this Saturday!


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& many more to be announced!

(Pictured from our spring ‘23 Makers Market)

No tricks, just treats on the Alley this week! 🎃🎃PS. Our Makers Market on Saturday is pet friendly 🐶🐶
10/31/2023

No tricks, just treats on the Alley this week! 🎃🎃

PS. Our Makers Market on Saturday is pet friendly 🐶🐶

It’s market season, Alley friends! This Saturday we’ll gather some of the Philly regions best artisans and vintage sling...
10/30/2023

It’s market season, Alley friends! This Saturday we’ll gather some of the Philly regions best artisans and vintage slingers for a day of shopping local in support of city history. We hope to see you! The event runs from 11-4, and the weather, dare we say, looks perfect for an afternoon of crunchy leaves on our old cobblestone streets 🍂🍂✨

Come and join us on the Alley for this beautiful fall weekend. Museum is open from Noon to 4pm both Saturday and Sunday ...
10/28/2023

Come and join us on the Alley for this beautiful fall weekend. Museum is open from Noon to 4pm both Saturday and Sunday and Fri-Sun through Nov 12th. Can you find the Ben pumpkin on the alley? Post and tag us at when you do!

Mark your calendars! 📣📣
10/11/2023

Mark your calendars! 📣📣

Join us tonight on the Alley from 5-8pm for FREE First Friday! We’ll be talking about historical astronomy and astrophot...
10/06/2023

Join us tonight on the Alley from 5-8pm for FREE First Friday! We’ll be talking about historical astronomy and astrophotography. The museum and gift shop will be open for free and we’ll have snacks 😋.

Absolutely perfect weather for an Old City stroll today😌 Come visit us!🔭We're hosting an astronomical First Friday tonig...
10/06/2023

Absolutely perfect weather for an Old City stroll today😌 Come visit us!

🔭We're hosting an astronomical First Friday tonight, 5pm to 8pm. Come enjoy our beautiful back garden with some wine, and learn about Philadelphia's rich history with astronomy. One of our Board Members will be doing Night Sky Photography and sharing observing tips. 🌌🌃

We're loving this autumn weather, how about you? Our Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 12t...
10/01/2023

We're loving this autumn weather, how about you? Our Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 12th, 12pm - 4pm.

And we have a very special First Friday coming up this week, October 6th. Come by between 5pm - 8:00pm to see the Alley after hours!

One more week for any interested Makers Market vendors to fill out our google form! Each of our Markets has had over 2,0...
09/24/2023

One more week for any interested Makers Market vendors to fill out our google form! Each of our Markets has had over 2,000 visitors and fills our street with joy and commerce.

As we notice the fall chill it gets us so excited to think about our upcoming events🍂✨ Museum season is slowing down soon, but we're just getting started!

Thank you  for considering us part of a "Perfect Weekend in Philadelphia" ☺️ Our museum is open 12-4 this Friday, Saturd...
09/22/2023

Thank you for considering us part of a "Perfect Weekend in Philadelphia" ☺️ Our museum is open 12-4 this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, if you haven't yet perfected your weekend!

We've happily been home to Philadelphians since the early 1700s. Come for a stroll and visit our museum houses, where we take the opportunity to share stories of people who lived in these buildings. 🏘️

Makers Market, Fall edition! Coming up in less than two months at Elfreth's Alley. What are you most excited to see?If y...
09/17/2023

Makers Market, Fall edition! Coming up in less than two months at Elfreth's Alley. What are you most excited to see?

If you want to vend on the Alley on Nov 4th, please remember to fill out the google form below BEFORE SEPT 30th❕❕ We'll reach out to our selected vendors immediately after the deadline. https://forms.gle/nGmwxnwqB4PEkt5J6

This pic from one of our first Markets features a fan favorite Madeline's flower truck 💐

Beautiful capture of House 123 by  🏡 Did you know that many residents in this home were bakers by profession? There's a ...
09/15/2023

Beautiful capture of House 123 by 🏡 Did you know that many residents in this home were bakers by profession? There's a commercial-sized baking oven still in the basement, which is ~ 11' by 11' large!

Many houses on the Alley have little historical hints that we can look to to learn about the people who lived here. Physical evidence of workspaces (for baking, for wood turning, for tavern keeping, etc!) are exciting puzzle pieces that we combine with fire insurance records and anything else we can locate about who our past residents were.

NEW & OLD MAKERS MARKET VENDORS:Our application form for our Fall '23 event is OPEN! Find it, and more information, here...
09/02/2023

NEW & OLD MAKERS MARKET VENDORS:

Our application form for our Fall '23 event is OPEN! Find it, and more information, here: https://forms.gle/yyM2CiqdWBPPc7n1A .

We're so excited to bring this market back once again to celebrate the working class artisans and crafters that made Elfreth's Alley as we know it today.

NOVEMBER 4th! 11am to 4pm! At

Hint for our First Friday tonight, 5-8:30... the Elfreth's Alley Gallery!! 🎨🖌️🖼️Our fantastic staff member went through ...
09/01/2023

Hint for our First Friday tonight, 5-8:30... the Elfreth's Alley Gallery!! 🎨🖌️🖼️

Our fantastic staff member went through our archives and unearthed some beautiful work that we have acquired over time depicting our beautiful street. She researched the artists, the pieces, and if we had a relationship with them!

Come see this extremely rare opportunity to peek into our archives, TONIGHT!

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124-126 Elfreths Alley
Philadelphia, PA
19106

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