Arch Street Friends Meeting House
320 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Arch Street Friends Meeting House Philadelphia Reviews
Good place to learn about the Quakers Aug 07, 2013
A place of worship for the Quakers, the Arch Street Friends Meeting House (sometimes just "Arch Street Meeting House") is definitely worth a stop along the way, in Old City. Located on the corner of Arch and 4th Street, it is a short walk from the main attractions.
The meetinghouse was built between 1803 and 1805, and has some interesting exhibitions on the Quakers. When entering, to your left side (the original east wing) are displays on William Penn and the history of the Quakers. There are impressive dioramas, showing different aspects to Penn’s life, as well as why they moved to the New World. The artwork is just amazing to look at, and there are more artifacts on display there as well.
The other side is the west wing, which is where the meetings of worship takes place, as it is still used to this day. A guide may be there, to give a lecture on the west wing, as they explain how and why the place is built the way it was, and the history behind it. Very interesting and informative, but will depend on who you get as a guide. The one I got, was interesting, but I forgot her name.
Definitely worth visiting, as one can learn more about William Penn and the Quakers, who founded the state of Pennsylvania. Admission is free, but donations are suggested.
Part of the USA - Philadelphia travel blog
Part of the list Philadelphia, PA - my backyard
5 / 5 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!