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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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  • Just a short walk down Arch St from the Mint the home of Betsy Ross sits intact. It was quite interesting to scoot through the small building, if for no other reason, to gauge the height of the rooms ...  more »
  • This was a fun step back in history, albeit one with steep steps! It's very educational and fun for the whole family. There are interactive things the kids will enjoy, especially in the lower level. W...  more »
  • We stopped by after visiting the US Mint. They charge a modest fee but give a discount for students. They also have a gift shop, snacks and an audio tour which we didn't use. We like history and Betsy...  more »
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  • Great place to take the kids. It's a part of history and my daughters loved it. ..
  • I liked it. It just didn't reach my standards. If I was doing a project it would have been a little helpful.
  • Such a pretty spot in a beautiful town. They have a lovely sitting area outside, and it's a great place to rest after so much walking.
  • Like the only part of old town that you have to pay to get into. There's more interesting attractions for free
  • The kids in particular will get a lot out of their visit. The actress playing Betsy Ross was quite good in character answering questions. Certainly recommend dropping by if you have the time. Though if pressed for time, I would give priority to the Independence Mall activities first. Allow one to two hours.