Elfreth's Alley Museum

Elfreth's Alley Museum

History Museum, Other Great Outdoors, and Scenic Lookout
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • Jack ..
    "Take a stroll down America's oldest residential street"(4 Tips)
    Nick C.
    "as well as encounters with Ben Franklin"(4 Tips)
    Kayleigh H.
    "great photo of this historic street."(2 Tips)
    Dan M.
    "... front and hang out in Bladen's Court. Chill little cove back there."(2 Tips)
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  • oldest residential street
  • ben franklin
  • tours
  • historic landmarks
  • historic homes
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    HISTORYAugust 31, 2012
    Established in 1702, this is known as America’s oldest residential street and today is lined with more than 30 houses, dating from the 1720s to 1830s.
  • NBC Philadelphia
    NBC PhiladelphiaJuly 27, 2011
    Elfreth's Alley is a National Historic Landmark District and includes 32 homes still intact, built between 1728 and 1836. It has survived many demolition threats including the construction of I-95.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyDecember 14, 2011
    Elfreth’s Alley is well-known to most locals & visitors, but Bladen’s Court is a hidden courtyard off the alley that packs even more punch. Rumors are that it is haunted & a soldier was hung there.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMay 1, 2012
    The PHLASH trolley runs Fri, Sat & Sun from 10-6 pm May-October 28, 2012. Just head to stops 1 or 19, buy a $2 ticket & you'll be on your way to seeing more of Philadelphia's attractions and museums. Read more
  • Kazumi K.
    Kazumi KopeckiAugust 20, 2014
    If you want to have fun on a cool summer afternoon, visit old city Philadelphia; don't forget Elfreth's Alley with it historical homes.
  • Tom S.
    Tom ShakelyAugust 27, 2014
    Worth a stroll through this historic place; don't bother doing it as part of an organized tour—it's better to do it solo and look up history online.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Come early or late to avoid the crowds and get a great photo of this historic street.
  • Heather
    HeatherJuly 31, 2010
    Highly recommend trying the free cell phone tour 585-627-4152.. well organized and tells you about each house on the st.
  • Concierge
    ConciergeMay 23, 2011
    Ever wanted to see the inside the homes of Elfreth's Alley? Twice a year, they open their doors for public viewing! Don't miss "Fete Day" in June and "Deck the Alley" in December
  • Nick C.
    Nick CvetkovicNovember 1, 2014
    Don't miss Deck the Alley on Saturday, December 6th '14 enjoy unique holiday decorations, carolers, refreshments, as well as encounters with Ben Franklin
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WittwerApril 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out the First Friday gallery in the Elfreth's Alley Museum!
  • James C.
    James CApril 11, 2015
    Watch for the hours they are open. Was closed when we went.
  • visitPA
    visitPAMay 24, 2010
    rumor has it that when Ben Franklin lived off this tiny cobblestone alley he invented the exterior mirror fixtures, to tip him off on his wife’s arrival and release his paramour(s). Cheeky!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MackMay 24, 2010
    Sneak down that one alley nearer to front and hang out in Bladen's Court. Chill little cove back there.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WittwerSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The guide book is only $6 and has a good bit of info on every single house.
  • Rootless C.
    Hours: noon - 5 pm
  • Elfreth's A.
    Elfreth's AlleyApril 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    While Ben Franklin did not invent the exterior mirror fixtures, he was known to refer to them as "Mother-in-Law Watchers."
  • cc
    ccDecember 16, 2010
    Beautiful little street - worth the stroll, day or night
  • Rootless C.
    Oldest residential street in America, Ben Franklin used to live off this street.
  • Jay S.
    Jay SpateholtsSeptember 5, 2012
    Well, worth the visit and history lesson.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MahoneyMarch 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Oldest residential street in the country, marred only by the frequent duck boat stops
  • Samara Z.
    Samara ZoghaibAugust 31, 2012
  • Jack ..
    Jack .April 5, 2010
    Take a stroll down America's oldest residential street
  • Heloisio L.
    Heloisio LimaNovember 12, 2013
    Otima experiencia, vale a pena visitar!
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