Visiting Elfreth's Alley

The Elfreth's Alley Museum is the ideal destination to further enrich your next visit to the city of Philadelphia. Located in the heart of Old City between Front and 2nd Streets just north of Arch, the Elfreth's Alley Museum is one of few landmarks dedicated to the everyday American.

The thirty-two buildings along Elfreth's Alley were built between the 1720s and 1830s, and today they reveal the fascinating stories of everyday life, the spaces that America's founders knew. You can learn the house-by-house story of the Alley's early residents through our guidebook, available online and in our Museum Shop.

The Elfreth's Alley Museum tells several unique stories about early Philadelphia. The Museum is located in 124 and 126 Elfreth's Alley. Guided tours begin in the Museum Shop (number 124), and tell the amazing story of two dressmakers whose sewing business in house 126 reveals the lives of early American women, workers, and the transformations that came with the age of factories and industry.

Only houses 124 and 126 are open to the public. Elfreth's Alley hopes to add House 128 to the museum complex as an exhibition space dedicated to the city's 19th Century industrial culture with a media/education center to further enhance our programming. The other houses remain private homes where Philadelphia families have lived in the same spaces for 300 years. Alley residents open some of these homes every year, as part of the Fete Day and Deck the Alley celebrations. Below are several ways in which one may enrich their visit to Philadelphia's historic sites.


Hours
April - December:
Tuesdays - Saturdays: 10-5
Sundays: 12-5
*The last tour of each day leaves 40 minutes prior to closing.

January - March:
Thursdays - Sundays: 11-5
*The last tour of each day leaves 40 minutes prior to closing.

Tours
Tours of the museum are given by our dedicated staff and volunteers. To see the tour schedule for the day, follow us on Twitter or call 215-574-0560 prior to your visit. For more information on our tours, check out this blog article.

Groups
The Elfreth's Alley Museum is a popular destination for school, scout, church, and many other groups. For more information on rates and scheduling for your group tour, please send an email to elfrethsalleymuseum@gmail.com with your group name, type, size, and your preferred dates/times. Groups from Philadelphia public schools may visit free of charge but must still register with the aforementioned information.

Special Events
Throughout the year, the Elfreth's Alley Museum plays host to a number of unique and exciting events. For more information on special events, please visit the Events Calendar.

Photography/Video/Filming
Visitors to Elfreth's Alley are welcome to take photos and videos of the streetscape. Please remember that the buildings on Elfreth's Alley are all private residences. If you wish to have a photo taken in front of one of the doors, please do so in front of the Museum at 126 Elfreth's Alley. If you are involved in a professional shoot of any kind (television, film, fashion, wedding, etc.) you must contact Patrick Wittwer at director@elfrethsalley.org at least two weeks prior to the shoot to obtain permission.

Coupons and Deals
If you are visiting the Elfreth's Alley Museum to use a deal from Living Social, Google Offers, Groupon, or any other discount site, please read this article about how to redeem your deal. No phone calls please.

related topics
Elfreth's Alley Museum | house 126

Museum Gift Shop | house 124
House 128 -- future education, sales, and program center

Events Calendar

Bus routes stopping within one block: 5, 17, 33, 48, and 57. 

Market-Frankford El 2nd Street stop, walk one and a half blocks North on 2nd Street