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Arch Street Meeting House

Fourth and Arch sts., Philadelphia, PA 19106
+1 215-627-2667
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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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Fourth and Arch sts., Philadelphia, PA 19106
City Center East
+1 215-627-2667
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The meeting house has exhibitions but is mostly a large hall where it is obvious that all participants are equal. A walk through should be part of any visit to Philadelphia's old city.

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Philadelphia is about the Quakers and this is where you can learn and understand their point of view, their massive contributions to making the U.S. what it is today, and how they influenced the beginnings of the country. Do not miss this.

Thank RickMIusa
Reviewed 12 November 2016

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....More

Thank Gijs R
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.

Thank MrSaturn64
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank Nancy2005
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...More

Thank Martin T
Reviewed 4 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...More

Thank Penticto-visitor
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...More

Reviewed 25 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....More

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...More

Thank DianneWheatley
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