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Philadelphia Sights

Arch Street Meeting House

  • 320 Arch St. Map It
  • Old City
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 05/19/2011

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Constructed in 1804 for the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends, this building of simple lines is still used for that purpose, as well as for biweekly services. Among the most influential members in the 19th century was Lucretia Mott (1793–1880), a leader in the women's suffrage, antiwar, and antislavery movements. A small museum in the building presents a series of dioramas and a 14-minute slide show depicting the life and accomplishments of William Penn (1644–1718), who gave the land on which the meeting house sits to the Society of Friends. Quaker guides give tours year-round.

Sight Information


320 Arch St., at 4th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $2 suggested donation
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–4; worship Wed. at 7 pm and Sun. at 10:30 am

Updated 05/19/2011


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Nov 30, 2009

Arch Street Meeting House Review

Great place to get a real feel for the founding of Pennsylvania and its unique position in American history. If you're with a group, do try to arrange a talk/tour; there's some fascinating info to hear.

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Oct 19, 2008

Historic, a little plain

Historic Quaker meeting house, simple and unadorned. Has a small museum about this religion. Worth a pop-in along the way to other Old City sites.

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