Visit us At 5th and Market Streets on Independence Mall

It's Your Story


Members Free
Adults $12
Seniors (ages 65 & up) $11
Youth (ages 13-21) $11
Children (ages 12 & under) Free
Active military (with ID) Free*

Discounted admission rates are available to groups of 15 or more people. Group visits must be booked in advance through Group Sales to receive these discounts and other group options.  


*As a Blue Star Museum, we additionally offer free admission to up to 5 immediate family members (spouse or children) of active military personnel from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  

My Grandmom


My grandmom Dora always told me the story of how she arrived in America. She must have told me over and over from when I was a little girl. My grandmom lived with us till I was 12, when she died. And this is her story: Dora was 15 when she made the journey to America. She had one sister, Aunt Pearl, who had already come here. She also had seven brothers in Austria. None of their wives wanted Dora living with them, so she got a job as a maid until she had made enough money for her passage here. At 15, Dora, by herself came to America. She arrived at the port in Philadelphia. She moved in with Aunt Pearl at 3rd and American Street. Aunt Pearl had 5 children. But when the 6th was on the way, Dora had to leave. She moved to 4th and Catherine Street where she rented a room from what would be her future mother in law. My grandmother's name was Dora Pheffer. When entering this country they changed it to Dora Pepper.