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Eastern State Penitentiary: Tours & Tickets

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
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Reviewed yesterday

We tried to buy tickets on line. The website was acting up. So once we arrived I showed them and they honored the on line pricing. We received the head set and were on our way. It was very informative and from many points of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Pam B
Reviewed yesterday

Incredible!! Visited with teens and adults. Great experience over all, a little scary but not as much as other places we’ve visited. Different kinds of things in each attracting making sure there’s something for everyone. Hospitality and customer service like no other.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Raven R
Reviewed yesterday

What an interesting place. In a sad state of disrepair but nonetheless worth the visit. You have an audio tour to follow at your own pace which gives a good overall impression. We learned a lot about the American penal system and some very interesting...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank GillO190
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Came for 2 reasons - terror behind the walls and daytime viewing of a delapidated prison. Terror behind the walls was fun. Not too scary for me since there were so many people around and I chose not to get the necklace that allows the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a great place to visit and very interesting. My husband and I enjoyed the audio guided tour as we can move around at our own pace. Would highly recommend - & order online to get a discounted rate!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Catherine B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Took the day tour through the facility. The audio was included with the price of admission. It was very easy to use. You only needed to key in the number to match what you were seeing. The stories on the audio really gave you the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jeannine K
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great experience for the wife and I to visit.I can't imagine being locked up in a creepy joint like this!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank wayoutwilly
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Eastern State was well worth the time we spent there. It was raining the day we visited and I think that added to the experience. You really got an idea of how dark the cells could get when there wasn’t any sunlight coming through the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank andijonestn
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was so intrigued by this entire tour. Loved that you were able to go at your own pace, we weren't rushed at all & we learned so much about this part of history that was both shocking and enlightening.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Judy E
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not sure what the hype about this place was but I did not get it. Not much to see. Excited to see Al Capone cell but they are not ever sure its his. Place was not restored it is just a rotting, destoryed place with...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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lauramT5503OR
September 14, 2019|
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Response from SSchiffino | Reviewed this property |
Yes!!! At the entrance before you start the inside tour
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julie_g_julie
September 2, 2019|
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August 24, 2019|
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Response from CJseason | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, but the staff may offer to help hide your stuff until you're done
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