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Eastern State Penitentiary

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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed today

Good time, scary and fun! The tour was just the right length of time. Definitely upgrade to the Speed Pass.

Thank Russ T
Reviewed today

Very old run down prison. We missed the night tour by a couple days but it might be worth the ride back to Philly just to do that. Creepy and amazing historical place!

Thank JaylieMae
Reviewed yesterday

I am glad we had the opportunity to visit this landmark! The tour was very interesting and informative. Worth the trip!

Thank Danielle L
Reviewed 3 days ago

I never realized how extensive this musuem is. Kept my family engaged for about four hours and did not finish everything. Next time we will try a guided tour or two. Not crowded and very interactive. A must see. Reminds me a lot of Alcatraz;...More

Thank tosl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great hidden gem of Philly and American history. Yes it is the first of the prison systems to have a rotunda for security purposes. It also housed al Capone on his way to Alcatraz. So much history in just one place.

Thank Kristie B
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went at night for the annual Haunted penitentiary tour, Terror Behind the walls! It was Spooktacular! Definitely a must do! We did the general admission tickets, so it was a bit of a wait outside in the cold, glad we wore our winter coats....More

Thank JNTiller
Reviewed 5 days ago

The audio tour was great and gave a lot of information. A tip to travellers would be to take along a flashlight so that you could actually see inside the cells. They were very dark.

Thank oil710
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stone prison originally built in 1830 and used until 1970. Al Capone slept here. The cell blocks are in ruins. After the prison closed, they did not have a plan for the site. After about 15 or 20 years, they decided to create a museum....More

Thank TomV2698
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I highly recommend the horror behind the walls! I did not get to appreciate the history of the penitentiary however you do get scared pretty good! If you go put the glow in the dark necklace on if you dare!

Thank denisbecirovic
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm usually not a fan of tours but this one is great. First you get your own headset so you can listen to a recording of the tour and go at your own pace. This was great, cause you can have a more personal experience...More

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October 10, 2018|
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Response from Beverly R | Reviewed this property |
Very easy and I recommend it. We Uber or took Lift all over the place. Also do the hop on hop off bus tour, u can see the whole city and then ride to where u want get in and off, we did that too- just another option 😁
September 24, 2018|
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Response from MatthewMoggridge | Reviewed this property |
I'd say that yes, there probably are areas that are off limits; however, those areas are probably not worth looking at as they're in a state of disrepair. As you wander around, you see (if my memory serves me correctly, an... More
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August 28, 2018|
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Response from K S | Reviewed this property |
One exhibit has air conditioning. Otherwise there is no a/c throughout the facility. It has an open court yard. You'll suffer no worse than the prisoners that were held there. There are vending machines that have cold... More