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Arch Street Friends
Meeting House
320 Arch Street
Old City
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cross Street: Chestnut Street
Hours Of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday

10:00 am - 4:00 pm. We are also open on summer holidays. We recommond reservations for groups.

William Penn himself would have likely felt at home in this large symmetrical meeting house, which hasn't changed much since 1804. Today, men and women meet together in the unadorned West Room, a large meeting room with balconies and benches,Mount Plesant originally designed for the conduct of women's business. Men met on the other side of the house in the East Room, which now contains dioramas and a slide show about William Penn's life.from 1982 - 1983. There are displays about Quaker traditions and exhibit cases with historical artifacts, including a piece of "treaty elm" believed to be from Penn's treaty with the Indians in 1682. An 18th-century funeral sleigh sits on the facing benches at the front of the room. Audio & Visual:"William Penn & Pennsylvania" made by Colonial Life series for Children, considerable footage of Arch Street Meeting House.

  • Price: Our program is made possible by your donations. Thank you for your generosity.
  • General: Our tour on the interpretation of Quakerism is housed in both the East and West rooms at historic Arch Street Meeting House. Our store offers books and gift items for adults and children.
    Founded: Pennsylvania founder and Quaker William Penn donated the land to the Society in 1693 as a burial ground for members. The meetinghouse was built between 1803 and 1805 atop the graveyard and then enlarged in 1811, when the west wing was added to accommodate the Women's Monthly Meeting. The original east wing now houses exhibits on the life of Penn, and the west wing is used for meetings for worship.
  • Groups: We welcome school trips, youth groups, scouts or any other group
  • Holidays: We are also open on summer holidays.
  • The East & West Rooms: Self guided tour offers permanent and temporary exhibits and film presentations. Hours: 10 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday
  • Exibits:

    William Penn dioramas

    Early Quaker artifacts

    Needle work panels on the ABC's of Quakerism in 1844 Quilt from the House of Industry" established by Anne Parrisha Quaker women in 1795.

  • Vollenteer: Join our volenteet group and enjoy meeting people from all 50 states and from countries around the world. You will find joy and satisfaction talking about Quakerism to others.

    Enjoy answering questions from curious and energetic school children.

    Seasonal work in the spring and fall when school children tour historic sites.

    Training material will be provided. Make the interpretation your own.

    Provocative and enriching discussions with other guides and greeters.

    The best volunteer appreciation luncheons.

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