Arch Street Meeting House Tours
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Philadelphia is home to the largest Quaker Friends Meeting House in the world—the Arch Street Meeting House. It's also the city's oldest.
William Penn, founder of Philadelphia and a Quaker, set aside land at the corner of Arch Street and 4th Street in the city center in 1701 for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The land was originally used for Quaker burials, and in 1803 the first parts of the current Meeting House were built. The Arch Street Friends Meeting House has been in continuous use since it was first built.
The Arch Street Meeting House is the site of Monthly Meetings and Yearly Meetings, and it's also open to visitors as a National Historic Landmark. One section of the building features dioramas of William Penn's life, as well as the 18th century diary of a local Quaker.
Tours of the meeting house are offered by prior arrangement Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm, and a $2 donation per person is appreciated.
Address: Arch Street and 4th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Admission: $2 donation
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Arch Street Meeting House
Discover the birthplace of America on this guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, and many more.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Uncover Philadelphia’s dark past, and visit some of its most famous landmarks besides, on this macabre, small-group walking tour of Center City. Meet your guide (a college professor or trained historian), and set off to sights ranging from Betsy Ross House and Elfreth’s Alley to Christ Church and beyond. As you go, listen to ghost stories, legends about famous serial killers, and other spooky tales. The tour concludes with a beverage or moonshine sample.
Enjoy Philadelphia by yourself !! Our Chauffeur services offer our customers a high-class and extra-comfortable journey in our Chevrolet Suburban or Cadillac Escalade, including pick up and drop off in Philadelphia Center. Whether it’s for a business trip, sightseeing, or a shopping day out, explore Philadelphia with ease with this private 4-hour or 8-hour chauffeured service. Hop aboard your vehicle at your hotel or accommodation in Philadelphia City, then spin through the city streets with a private driver. Take only the best of Philadelphia: Do not worry about losing yourself (only if you want), you do not need a map, just ask your chauffeur where you want to go and relax enjoying the scenery!
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Arch Street Meeting House hours of operation?
Arch Street Meeting House hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Arch Street Meeting House ?
The best ways to experience Arch Street Meeting House are:
- The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
- Cemetery and Serial Killers Walking Tour of Philadelphia
- Philadelphia by yourself with English Chauffeur by SUV
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