Museum Spotlight: Museum of Elfreth’s Alley

A look inside the Museum of Elfreth's Alley

A look inside the Museum of Elfreth’s Alley

Museum: The Museum of Elfreth’s Alley

Founded: 1934 (Preservation association), 1961 (Museum)

Mission: The Elfreth’s Alley is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization that uses the Alley as a lens to interpret the lives, lifestyles, and livelihoods of ordinary Philadelphians from the time of the City’s founding through to the present day.  The Association preserves the Elfreth’s Alley National Historic Landmark District as a rare example of a once commonplace working class community from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Known For: Being one of the oldest residential streets in the United States

Popular Programs: Fete Day and Deck the Alley open houses

Notable Staff:  Board members Joe Becton and Bob Skiba are two of the most sought after tour guides in Philadelphia

Memorable Moment: The Speakeasy Costume Ball of 2012 that coincided with the opening of American Spirits at the National Constitution Center

Future Plans: A grand reopening celebration on Saturday, April 5

Philly EMP Pro Tip: For just $10, you can get a tour and a guidebook to fill you in on the history of this working class neighborhood


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