For a charming and fascinating introduction to life in Philadelphia 300 years ago, visit Elfreth's Alley in the heart of Historic Philadelphia. The Alley was opened in 1702 and was home to the 18th century artisans and tradespeople who were the backbone of colonial Philadelphia.
A tiny cobblestone street with just 32 houses, Elfreth's Alley includes the Elfreth's Alley Museum at House 126, the only building accessible to the public. All other houses are privately owned and occupied, making this one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in America.
The dwellings fronting this narrow street are a unique representation of Philadelphia architecture. Half of those now standing were erected either before the middle of the 18th century or before the opening years of the Revolution, while the other half were constructed in the postcolonial and Federal years.
- Museum Tours:
- Guided tours of the museum are offered daily on the hour and half hour. Tours last approximately 25 minutes and take visitors through the first and second floors of the house and conclude in the rear yard.
- Museum Tours Admission:
- Adults: $5
- Children (6-18): $1
- Children Under 6: Free
- Includes 20 minute guided tour, the self-guided walking tour of the Alley's private homes
- Museum Location: 126 Elfreth's Alley Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-574-0560
- Website: www.elfrethsalley.org