Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA
historicphiladelphia.org/bet… - (215) 629-4026
Betsy Ross House Philadelphia Reviews
The courtyard is nice, but not much else Aug 07, 2013
This review will be about the attraction at face value. In other words, what we actually see at the attraction, and whether or not it is worth visiting. It will not take into account on whether Betsy Ross really designed the first American flag or not, which I talked about in the blog.
Located in Old City on Arch Street, the Betsy Ross House does look interesting enough to check out. And there is a courtyard, which has a fountain with a few statues of cats. Around the bottom of the fountain, were the names of the Original 13 colonies. Plus there is the gravestone, where the remains of Betsy Ross are. The courtyard is a nice place to hang out, with tables there along with a concession stand nearby.
Inside the house, it starts off with some artifacts, and displays on comparing Betsy Ross and Rebecca Franks (who sided with the British). After that, it's the replicas of rooms from the colonial period, from the time period that she lived, along with period furniture. One of them include the bedroom, where she made the flag. Plus the Upholstery Shop, where there is an actress who plays Betsy Ross and the shop that she works at, and quite good at it.
Access to the courtyard is free, but there is admission to the house. With the audioguide, $7 for adults, $6 for children, seniors, students, military. Without the audioguide, $5 for adults, $4 for children, seniors, students, military. I went in without the audioguide.
Considering the price of admission for an attraction that can be done quickly, this is a letdown. The descriptions are brief, mainly about Ross’s life. And almost all of them, are not about the rooms that the description displays are in. Probably their way of saying “you should have paid extra for the audioguide”.
I finished it within 20 minutes, but I have heard others finishing it in 5 minutes. That alone, is not worth the price of admission. For a family of 4, do the math, and well… you can figure that part out, whether it’s worth it or not!
The courtyard is nice to look around if it is along the way, but not enough to go out of your way to see it. And the house is not interesting enough to visit itself. Needless to say, skip this attraction, and save your money on other things.
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