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Eastern State Penitentiary

2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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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, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone’s Cell, and Death Row.
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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 today via mobile

The audio tour was very well put together and Informative and I learned a lot about the jail!!! It's a very old jail and the only bathrooms they have are porta potty on the site. So if u like regular bathrooms plaese go before u...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed today

This building has very interesting architecture partly restored and partly in ruin. The audio tour is very well done and provided information in an entertaining way. I recommend seeing the AV presentation about the US prison population explosion, the escape tunnel, and Al Capone's cell....More

Thank Dave K
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Reviewed today

They will tell you the tour is about 40min and thats true and well worth the listening of the stories but you can then just walk around and look for yourself, There is a lot to see here and a lot of thoughts race through...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

We visited here because I messed up our Independence Hall tickets, but had a good experience nonetheless. The place is purposely left in a state of ruin in some parts which really adds to the eery feeling. I was amazed how vast the place was....More

Thank Dan S
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Reviewed today via mobile

We visited whilst in Philadelphia on holiday, it was really good value and the audio tour was really informative. What we both really liked was that the audio tour was only half of it and you could explore on your own and select additional audio...More

Thank travellerjg25
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Reviewed yesterday

I always wanted to see inside a prison and to see what their conditions were for the prisoners. Very very interesting with the informational signage and boxes and definitely wear the headset. It was a great day, there 's no air conditioning, just some fans...More

Thank JoanG806
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Reviewed yesterday

My teenage son and I spent several hours here and had a fantastic time. It is an incredible preservation project and truly unique. We learned about the people who were jailed there, what life was like, the various workers, and so forth. They also had...More

Thank Shalan1234
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Reviewed yesterday

The audio tour and the guided tour are both excellent. Very knowledgeable staff. We spent 2 hours and it flew bye. Highly recommend a visit. We also bought a family membership because of the value and benefits included.

Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of the best attractions I made it to in Philadelphia. It was Americans first penitentiary and also housed Al Capone for a year.

Thank SnatcherBF
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

When they will repent about your crimes. It is an impressive structure which festures al capone cell. Lots of pain and suffering as well as redemption. In the heart of Philly. A great attraction.

Thank joseph c
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Wendy P
July 26, 2018|
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Response from momwentrunning | Reviewed this property |
It's all walking, but you can take as long as you want. There are also benches throughout and an air conditioned room were you can take a break if needed. We were there for over three hours and could have used more time.
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BabsUsa
June 1, 2018|
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Response from JoeTamT | Reviewed this property |
It will take you about 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive.....traffic in Philly is slow most of the day...but the it is worth the drive....patience is a good thing....
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Dipika T
March 30, 2018|
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Response from Ben H | Reviewed this property |
Two hours is fine.
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