We believe historic sites are not static antiquities – they are living institutions that connect the current day with the past. The Elfreth's Alley Association is dedicated to engaging diverse audiences and educating visitors with community programs throughout the year.

Christmas in Colonial Philadelphia ~ Dec 1, 2016

Only in a colony with religious liberty could the early settlers enjoy the Christmas customs which had brought them comfort in the old world. The Germans brought their decorated trees, the French their carols, the English wassailing and mummery; and the Swedes liked to shoot in the New Year.  And guess how the Founding Fathers spent their Christmas vacation?  

Doors open 5-8pm

ELFRETH'S ALLEY MUSEUM HOUSE

124-126 ELFRETH'S ALLEY

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-627-8680


Deck the Alley ~ Dec 3, 2016

This holiday event is the second, and last, opportunity each year for visitors to enter the private historic homes on Elfreth's Alley. Like the house exteriors themselves, some boast traditional decorations and others feature their owners’ own artistic imaginations.

The celebration features unique holiday decorations, carolers, refreshments, as well as encounters with Ben Franklin and colonial Pennsylvania’s own cranky Santa “Belsnickel” himself.

Doors open 3-7pm

ELFRETH'S ALLEY MUSEUM HOUSE

124-126 ELFRETH'S ALLEY

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-627-8680

All proceeds support the education & preservation programs of the Elfreth’s Alley Association. 


Fete Day ~ Jun 4, 2016

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Spend the afternoon on the the nation’s oldest residential street during the annual Fete Day. Get a rare glimpse into many of the 18th-century private homes of residents while enjoying crafts, music and colonial games. Take an 18th century family photo on the alley. 

Dating back to the 1930s, the traditional celebration is the only opportunity this season for visitors to actually step into the private homes of Elfreth’s Alley and discover how generations after have continued to preserve, alter and add to the historic structures.

 

 

Doors open 12-4pm

ELFRETH'S ALLEY MUSEUM HOUSE

124-126 ELFRETH'S ALLEY

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-627-8680


First Friday Pop-up Gallery // Bits & Bites of History

Join us every First Friday of the season for our Bits & Bites of History series in the Elfreth's Alley Museum Pop-up Gallery. 

Doors open 5-7pm, and free tours of the museum house are available.