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Betsy Ross House, 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. Using our world travel planner, Philadelphia attractions like Betsy Ross House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The building that Betsy Ross lived in when she created the American flag. There was a small store in the home before the actual museum.  more »
  • I learned much more about Betsy ross than I expected. You go through several floors of her house and see how she lived and worked in making the flag. You also learn much more about her life and marria...  more »
  • $5 well spent. This tiny house is very interesting and suitable for a 30 minute visit without missing anything. The young girl that played Betsy was fabulous and maintained her character well. This ad...  more »
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  • Great little museum. Short walk through history with several interactive exhibits. Basement is particularly kid friendly with hands on pantry, kitchen and store house. Steep stairs however to get upstairs. Highly recommend audio tour. Well worth the money.
  • Did the audio tour. Excellent way to learn about everything that took place in her life. They offer a kids version that has them do a simple scavenger hunt. Our six year old enjoyed it.
  • Excellent tour of the history behind the home. I recommend the audio tour. Our youngest did the scavenger hunt which kept her engaged but learning the entire time.
  • The Betsy Ross House was a fun yet simple activity to do while in Philly. There wasn't a line and the entrance was only $5. So we walked through the house and got to see the place. The best part was at the end in the laundry area there was someone there who was explaining how long people would go without washing their clothes or showering. It was quite entertaining. Simple and easy activity. You are in and out in less than 15 minutes.
  • Another must-see piece of American and Philadelphia history. If you didn't live in the area when you were in third grade (and undoubtedly came here on a field trip), you must invest at least part of an afternoon here. It's required.