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.

William Penn Birthday Celebration

Click here to become a sponsor or to purchase an individual ticket for the William Penn Birthday Fundraiser held at the Arch Street Meeting House on October 24, 2014

Visit Arch Street Meeting House

The Arch Street Meeting House was built in 1804 on a burial ground originally deeded by William Penn in 1701.  Step inside this active Quaker meetinghouse to learn more about the stories of the people, building and grounds of Arch Street.

Our site features dioramas, displays of Quaker artifacts and rotating special exhibits to celebrate the impact and continuing relevance of the contributions of the Society of Friends.  We also offer guided tours of the historic West Room which is still furnished as it was in 1811.

A $2 per person donation is gratefully appreciated.

Visitors are welcome to join us for tours of the historic meetinghouse Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We are also open on summer holidays.

Book a Guided Tour of Arch Street

At Arch Street Meeting House, we can design a tour to meet your thematic needs as well as desired length of visit. In-depth tours are available on a wide variety of subjects.  For more information about our tour services please review our interpretive subjects and be sure to mention your specific interests on the reservation form.

A $2 per person suggested donation can be paid by check made out to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, or by cash at the time of arrival.  Lunchroom space is available to accomodate up to 60 visitors with bag lunches for a suggested donation of $1 per person.

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.

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.

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 be sure to read the Reservation and Use Policies.

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 Preservation Trust

The mission of the Arch Street Preservation Trust is to create an endowment for the preservation of the Arch Street Meeting House and provide financial support for the maintenance, operation, renovation, improvement and preservation of the building and grounds, site and artifacts; the preparation, publishing and dissemination of materials relating to the Meeting House; and the provision of programs and education.

Find Us

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