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Arch Street Meeting House

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Address: Fourth and Arch sts., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 215-627-2667
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

William Penn gave the Society of Friends, the Quakers, land for the Meeting...

William Penn gave the Society of Friends, the Quakers, land for the Meeting House. In the last week of March, 12,000 Friends congregate here to receive the spirits guidance.

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The meeting house has an exhibit on William Penn, his life and Quaker life, as well as tours of the meeting house. However, it is not always open during the hours they claim to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 July 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would advise you to go here, if you want to learn about the history of the city of Philadelphia. When I was there, I was the only visitor. It was really quiet, and the guide (an older man) really took the time for me. We've talked for more than an hour. He was very kind, extremely well informed, and... More 

Thank Gijs R
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

The meeting house has an exhibit on William Penn, his life and Quaker life, as well as tours of the meeting house. However, it is not always open during the hours they claim to be. Bear this in mind.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

Whether or not you are familiar with the Society of Friends (Quakers), this building is a national treasure. Try to visit when you can attend the Friends' meeting for worship; all are welcome. Learn about the Quakers' role in the establishment of this colony and the new country.

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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

One of the earliest Quaker Meeting Houses in the USA. There are explanatory displays about Quakerism and its role in the early development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The peace and simplicity of the meeting rooms provide a glimpse into Quakerism. Close to other early settlement attractions and well worth visiting to gain a rounded view of the early colonial... More 

Thank Martin T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

A thoughtful, knowledgeable Quaker led us to displays about the church's origins and answered our questions about the founders' beliefs and goals. This site is within blocks of Christ Church, which was another site where believers gathered at the founding of our country which enables visitors to get several perspectives in a short while.

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Hamilton, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

The still practicing Quaker prayer house is the oldest Friends (Quakers) Meeting House in Philadelphia and the largest in the world. It was built in 1804 and enlarged in 1811. It is not only enriching from the historical point of view but enables to a visitor a rare glimpse into the teachings of the Friends. The rather austere interior stripped... More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

The docent was informative and the museum is interesting too. My ancestors were Quakers there and it was interesting to see the exhibit about Norris because my kin had a business on Norris Alley. i'd have liked to find out exactly which passageway was Norris. only Elfreth seems named.

Dunedin, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2015

this 17th/18th c. religious house of worship is devine in its simplicity and quality workmanship and quality building materials. Quakers were pacifists and thus suspect to the rebels for the wrong reasons in my opinion. But do close your eyes and wiggle your feet on the gravel and go back in time.

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Swedesboro, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

I have visited many Quaker Meeting Houses and I had looked forward to this one. However there was a meeting of Quakers from throughout the region there the day we visited and the Meeting House was very crowded. The docent certainly knew a lot about the Meeting House and the history of the Quakers in the Philadelphia area, but it... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2014

Sporting the largest Quaker Meeting House in the states, this has a strong feeling of history to the building of the state. It has a few nice pieces of information to read and look at, but it doesn't take long to walk through this active Meeting House and I would certainly recommend a few minutes spent inside.

Thank Nate080411

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