Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. The Betsy Ross House will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents' Day.
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Neighborhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 2nd St • 4 min walk
  • 5th St • 6 min walk
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  • Michael A
    Chesapeake, Virginia1,248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to visit
    Nice preserved home dedicated to Betsy Ross. It's privately owned and operated. Pay a fee and walk through the house and read the placards. Gives a good idea of how regular working people lived in those times. Nice gift shop and friendly staff.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • SunshineMountains226
    Saint Louis, Missouri12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good information, whole family enjoyed
    Small home tour- it was tight and crowded, but worth the stop. Very few stories of women during the Revolution survive, so it was nice to share this with my kids. Small play area for ages 3-6 in the basement. Not accessible- steep stairs inside. No ramps or other ways to access.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • mrs_un0
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania448 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Add the Betsy Ross House to your Philly Sight Seeing List!
    Learned a lot during our visit to the Betsy Ross House. We arrived about 30 mins before closing and did the self guided tour which felt like we had the place to ourselves. I can't imagine going during busier times bc the house is quite small but def go before they close and it will feel like a private tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Connie C
    Dallas, Texas787 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit, stop in!
    We did a self tour which was fine as there was signage throughout. The three staircases are steep and low clearance so be careful. The Betsy Ross portrayer was very good and answered questions as if she were back in time. The souvenir shop was great, the house was air conditioned and the courtyard was a nice resting spot.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • David H
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Delightful Visit at the House of one of America’s most well-known Stateswomen
    While somewhat small, my wife and I had a delightful visit here earlier today. In particular, I enjoyed meeting Ms. Ross in person, and seeing her in her natural setting. I also enjoyed talking with the other docent on the premises, all very knowledgeable and welcoming. It is definitely worth a visit if you have an hour or two to spare.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,021 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small House - Big History
    The small house is a city landmark purported to be on the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross lived and when she is said to have sewed the first American Flag. The house has had many much needed structural changes and restorations over the years. Whilst it is known that Betsy Ross sewed flags for the Continental government but it is unknown if she actually sewed the first flag.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Sam M
    Walthamstow, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oscar winning performance!
    I visited the museum in the late afternoon on 10/04/24 when in town for a conference and didn't know what to expect but was filled with delight when learning the history of Betsy Ross. After exploring the rooms filled with history I happened across Mrs Ross herself! The actress playing Mrs Ross was full method, when asking where I was from and upon being told I was British she hid the flag, then told me with full dramatic passion her story before making me a special paper star to take away. I've concluded that I would die for this actress and she deserves a gosh darn Emmie or Oscar, if she doesn't play Betsy Ross in the Biopic then frankly what is the point!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 16, 2024
  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts718 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent combination of restored 18th Century home and historic garbed staff to answer your questions
    The Betsy Ross House is an excellent combination of a restored 18th Century home & shop and some historic garbed staff to answer your questions about her history and contributions to the Revolutionary War. Betsy already had a thriving upholstery business before the War (George Washington was an early client for his home's furniture), so she was a logical choice to produce famous Revolutionary flags. This Museum also covers the history of her family over her long life. I hadn't been aware she had been married three times and that one of her fathers-in-law was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. In addition to her work producing flags, her shop also produced cartridge munitions for the Revolutionary Army. Both the interpretive signs and the museum staff working (in costume) in multiple rooms helped explain all these details. The Museum is spread over multiple (cramped) rooms on three floors (with narrow staircases). Be sure you are reasonably agile to visit everything.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 24, 2024
  • Esteban
    Saint Charles, Missouri178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Philly
    I took my 10-year old daughter on this tour and we rented the speakers (only like $2/speaker). I think those made it much more interesting. It only took about 30 minutes from start to finish. It was an interesting tour and the displays inside the house were done well to demonstrate what life was like in the 1700’s. The historical significance of what the Betsy Ross house represents is important to understand for all as it shows how a woman was able to prosper in business in a time that society looked down on woman for such things.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 29, 2024
  • MeryMeCo
    Galesburg, Illinois939 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of our favorite places to visit on our trip
    Of course Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell were our favorite places that were almost free ($1 for tickets), but after that we loved the US Mint and then the Betsy Ross House. My husband couldn't do the whole tour because of the steep steps but they gave him a booklet to read and I showed him my photos. It was a quiet and interesting place. I'm so happy that they preserved this piece of history.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2024
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MeryMeCo
Galesburg, IL939 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Of course Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell were our favorite places that were almost free ($1 for tickets), but after that we loved the US Mint and then the Betsy Ross House.

My husband couldn't do the whole tour because of the steep steps but they gave him a booklet to read and I showed him my photos. It was a quiet and interesting place. I'm so happy that they preserved this piece of history.
Written May 9, 2024
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Esteban
Saint Charles, MO178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I took my 10-year old daughter on this tour and we rented the speakers (only like $2/speaker). I think those made it much more interesting. It only took about 30 minutes from start to finish. It was an interesting tour and the displays inside the house were done well to demonstrate what life was like in the 1700’s.

The historical significance of what the Betsy Ross house represents is important to understand for all as it shows how a woman was able to prosper in business in a time that society looked down on woman for such things.
Written April 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA718 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The Betsy Ross House is an excellent combination of a restored 18th Century home & shop and some historic garbed staff to answer your questions about her history and contributions to the Revolutionary War. Betsy already had a thriving upholstery business before the War (George Washington was an early client for his home's furniture), so she was a logical choice to produce famous Revolutionary flags.

This Museum also covers the history of her family over her long life. I hadn't been aware she had been married three times and that one of her fathers-in-law was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. In addition to her work producing flags, her shop also produced cartridge munitions for the Revolutionary Army. Both the interpretive signs and the museum staff working (in costume) in multiple rooms helped explain all these details.

The Museum is spread over multiple (cramped) rooms on three floors (with narrow staircases). Be sure you are reasonably agile to visit everything.
Written April 24, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sam M
Walthamstow, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I visited the museum in the late afternoon on 10/04/24 when in town for a conference and didn't know what to expect but was filled with delight when learning the history of Betsy Ross. After exploring the rooms filled with history I happened across Mrs Ross herself! The actress playing Mrs Ross was full method, when asking where I was from and upon being told I was British she hid the flag, then told me with full dramatic passion her story before making me a special paper star to take away. I've concluded that I would die for this actress and she deserves a gosh darn Emmie or Oscar, if she doesn't play Betsy Ross in the Biopic then frankly what is the point!
Written April 16, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Linda M
Lufkin, TX99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Worth the visit. Much history write for you to read as you walk through the home. A replica of the original flag is positioned in one window for viewing.
Written March 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tinylass
Sheffield, UK5,794 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were too late to visit the museum so only saw the house from the outside but it is very central so easy to find and pass by while wandering the city. There is some information about Betsy Ross and the museum just to the side of the house.
Written January 24, 2024
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Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA8,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Take some time to view the history of Betsy Ross and the making of our first national flag. She had a difficult life but had a lasting roll in our history.
Written January 13, 2024
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Rochelle S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We went in June 2019. It was a cute little house, nice piece of history. Wish we could have made it during the Betsy Ross impersonation.
Written November 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK1,021 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The small house is a city landmark purported to be on the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross lived and when she is said to have sewed the first American Flag. The house has had many much needed structural changes and restorations over the years. Whilst it is known that Betsy Ross sewed flags for the Continental government but it is unknown if she actually sewed the first flag.
Written October 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David H
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
While somewhat small, my wife and I had a delightful visit here earlier today. In particular, I enjoyed meeting Ms. Ross in person, and seeing her in her natural setting. I also enjoyed talking with the other docent on the premises, all very knowledgeable and welcoming. It is definitely worth a visit if you have an hour or two to spare.
Written September 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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