Arch Street Meeting House

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The Arch Street Meeting House, built to reflect Friends’ testimonies of simplicity and equality, is little changed after more than two centuries of continuous use.

The historic meetinghouse is open to the public and is a National Historic Landmark. It is a living Quaker meetinghouse to this day, home to the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Temporary suspension of tours at Arch Street Meeting House

From October 1 until March 2016, Arch Street Meeting House will be closed to walk-in tours. The temporary closure will allow staff to redevelop design and implement projects developed as part of the Pew Grant recently received by the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust.

Important things to know about the closure:

  1. Group Tours are still welcome!
    If your group would like to visit Arch Street Meeting House, all you need to do is make a tour reservation is made at least two weeks before the time of your visit. To book your tour please fill out the group reservation form found at http://www.pym.org/arch-street-meeting-house/grouptour/ or contact us at 215-627-2667.

2. Room Rentals are still available for your event!
Rooms will still be available to rent and requests can be made by submitting the room reservation form at http://www.pym.org/arch-street-meeting-house/arch-street-room-request-form/ or by contacting us at 215-627-2667.

3. Meeting for Worship maintains its normal hours!
Join the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia for regular weekly worship services — Meetings for Worship — on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday at 7 p.m. For questions about the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia contact office@archstreetfriends.org.

For all questions about tours, room rentals, or general inquiries about Arch Street Meeting House, please contact us at 215-627-2667 or at aschaffer@pym.org. Be sure to follow us on social media for updates about projects and events happening at Arch Street Meeting House during the temporary closure.

Book a Guided Tour of Arch Street

We welcome visits from groups Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tour requests must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of your preferred tour date.To book a group tour please fill out our reservation form and in 2-3 business days we will be in touch to discuss and confirm the details of your tour.

A $2 per person suggested donation can be paid by check or by cash at the time of arrival.

Lunchroom space is available to accommodate up to 60 visitors with bag lunches for a suggested donation of $1 per person.

Arch Street is available for your events!

We have meeting spaces on two floors that accommodate groups from eight to eight hundred.  We welcome wedding and commitment ceremonies of all traditions.  Our historic meeting spaces, with fine acoustics, are well loved and appreciated by musicians and actors.

To book a space at Arch Street Meeting House, please fill out a room reservation form and we will be in touch within 2-3 business days.

Nearby Attractions

We are located in the nation’s most historic square mile.  Two blocks or less from Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, National Museum of American Jewish History and the National Constitution Center.  Four blocks to Penn’s Landing.  Eight blocks to the Philadelphia Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market.

Driving Directions

The Arch Street Meeting house is located at 320 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19106.

From I-95 southbound:  take 2nd Street to Callowhill exit and continue on 2nd Street for four blocks; turn west onto Arch Street.  Turn left at 4th Street.  Entrance to our parking lot is on the left, about halfway down the block.

From I-95 northbound:  take the Callowhill Street exit (left exit from I-95).  Continue to 4th Street.  Turn left onto 4th Street.  Proceed to Arch Street.  Cross Arch Street.  The entrance to our parking lot is on the left, about halfway down the block.

From I-676 (Vine Street Expresssway) from points north and west: take 6th Street south to Race Street; turn left and head east on Race to 4th Street.

From Market Street and points south in Center City: head north on 3rd Street; turn left onto Arch Street.

Public Transportation

Access to the Arch Street Meeting House located at 320 Arch Street is easy via public transportation throughout the Philadelphia region.

AMTRAK:  From the Philadelphia 30th Street Amtrak Station, take SEPTA Regional Rail, the SEPTA Market-Frankford subway, SEPTA bus or taxi.

SEPTA Regional Rail: Go to the Market East Station. Proceed on foot to 4th and Market Streets. Turn north on 4th Street one block to Arch Street. Turn east on Arch Street. The entrance to the Arch Street Meeting House is in the middle of the block.

SEPTA Market-Frankford subway: Go to the 5th & Market station. Proceed on foot to 4th and Market Streets. Turn north on 4th Street one block to Arch Street. Turn east on Arch Street. The entrance to the Arch Street Meeting House is in the middle of the block.

SEPTA buses: Take any bus to Market Street. Transfer to Market Street buses for Front Street or Penn’s Landing (both traveling east on Market Street). Proceed to 4th and Market Streets. After disembarking from the bus, turn north on 4th Street one block to Arch Street. Turn east on Arch Street. The entrance to the Arch Street Meeting House is in the middle of the block.

Contact Us

The Arch Street Meeting House is located at 320 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA.  Our front entrance is located on Arch Street mid-way between 3rd and 4th Streets.  The entrance to our off street parking is located on 4th Street, mid-way between Arch Street and Market Street.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 215 413-1804 or by email at archstreetmeetinghouse@pym.org.

The Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust

The mission of the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust is to maintain, operate, and preserve the meetinghouse and grounds.

Find Us

The Arch Street Meeting House is located at 320 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19106.