Elfreth's Alley Museum

Elfreth's Alley Museum

History Museum, Other Great Outdoors, and Scenic Lookout
126 Elfreths Aly (at N 2nd St), Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States
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  • Today
    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–Noon
    • 2:00 PM–5:00 PM
  • Tue
    • Noon–7:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
    • 8:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
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Elfreth's Alley is America's oldest continuously occupied residential street. Stop by the gift shop at house 124 where all proceeds go to the preservation and education efforts on the Alley. Visit our house museum at #126 via a $5 tour guided by one of our knowledgable doce... (See all)


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  • James C.

    Watch for the hours they are open. Was closed when we went.

    James C · April 11
  • Nick C.

    Don't miss Deck the Alley on Saturday, December 6th '14 enjoy unique holiday decorations, carolers, refreshments, as well as encounters with Ben Franklin

    Nick Cvetkovic · November 1, 2014
  • Tom S.

    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.

    Tom Shakely · August 27, 2014
  • Kazumi K.

    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.

    Kazumi Kopecki · August 20, 2014
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    Get 10% off of a tour of the Elfreth's Alley Museum!

    Elfreth's Alley Museum · April 2, 2011
  • Heloisio L.

    Otima experiencia, vale a pena visitar!

    Heloisio Lima · November 12, 2013
  • Jay S.

    Well, worth the visit and history lesson.

    Jay Spateholts · September 5, 2012
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    Samara Zoghaib · August 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.

    HISTORY · August 31, 2012
  • Rootless C.

    Oldest residential street in America, Ben Franklin used to live off this street.

    Rootless Cosmopolitan · June 30, 2012
  • Rootless C.

    Hours: noon - 5 pm

    Rootless Cosmopolitan · June 30, 2012
  • Visit Philly

    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

    Visit Philly · May 1, 2012
  • Visit Philly

    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 · December 14, 2011
  • NBC Philadelphia

    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.

    NBC Philadelphia · July 27, 2011
  • Concierge

    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

    Concierge · May 23, 2011
  • Elfreth's A.

    While Ben Franklin did not invent the exterior mirror fixtures, he was known to refer to them as "Mother-in-Law Watchers."

    Elfreth's Alley · April 5, 2011
  • Patrick W.

    Check out the First Friday gallery in the Elfreth's Alley Museum!

    Patrick Wittwer · April 2, 2011

    Beautiful little street - worth the stroll, day or night

    CANDOR · December 16, 2010
  • Patrick W.

    The guide book is only $6 and has a good bit of info on every single house.

    Patrick Wittwer · September 19, 2010
  • Heather

    Highly recommend trying the free cell phone tour 585-627-4152.. well organized and tells you about each house on the st.

    Heather · July 31, 2010
  • visitPA

    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!

    visitPA · May 24, 2010
  • Dan M.

    Sneak down that one alley nearer to front and hang out in Bladen's Court. Chill little cove back there.

    Dan Mack · May 24, 2010
  • Jack ..

    Take a stroll down America's oldest residential street

    Jack . · April 5, 2010
  • Tim M.

    Oldest residential street in the country, marred only by the frequent duck boat stops

    Tim Mahoney · March 7, 2010

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