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.
Deck the Alley ~ December 2, 2017
This holiday event is the last opportunity of the 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.
Visitors will spot Santa Claus, hear the sounds of colonial carolers and watch traditional loom weaving as the street transforms into a winter wonderland under the glow of holiday lights. The Museum store will also have a selection of specialty items for purchase.
Doors open 3-7pm
ELFRETH'S ALLEY MUSEUM HOUSE
124-126 ELFRETH'S ALLEY
Philadelphia, PA 19106
All proceeds support the education & preservation programs of the Elfreth’s Alley Association.
Making Christmas ~ Thanksgiving - New Year's
Join us for a historic tour of German American Christmases past and their influence on our modern day celebration. Experience first hand how Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, Christmas cookies, toys and the influence of retail all became a part of the celebration in America, ultimately establishing it as a National Holiday in 1870. Open from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve in the the Elfreth's Alley Museum House.
Doors open Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 pm & Thursday evenings 5-8 pm
Closed to the public December 2nd & 28th.
first friday pop up gallery
Join us on First Fridays, April - October, for some art and our Bits & Bites of History series in the Elfreth's Alley Pop-up Gallery.
Doors open 5-7pm, and free tours of the museum house are available.
Fete Day ~ June 2, 2018
Spend the afternoon on the the nation’s oldest residential street during our annual Fete Day celebration. 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, this traditional celebration is the only opportunity of the season for visitors to actually step into the private homes of Elfreth’s Alley and discover how generation after generation have continued to preserve, alter and add to these historic structures.