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

It is worth the money and the time if you have a couple of days in Philadelphia. Great history and great perspective on America's incarceration fascination. See Al Capone's cell and find out why a dog got a life sentence. The best penitentiary to visit...More

Thank DaytonDUI
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I enjoyed my time at the Eastern State Penitentiary so very much. So moving, informational, and stoic. From the deteriorating cells to the new art installations, it makes you reflect on yourself and have empathy for others. You get an audio tape when you arrive...More

Thank Kelsey D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Mom & Dad always said I needed to go to Eastern State (not to visit, but stay..Lol). We thoroughly enjoyed our visit even though it was hot during our visit. To see how they used the a Pennsylvania Method of lock-up (solitaire confinement) successfully and...More

Thank GTZW
Reviewed 3 days ago

A cool place to take pictures and view what prison life was like in the early 19 century. Parking can be a pain, There is no specific parking spaces for the museum. You would think the City of Philadelphia would want tourist there as it...More

Thank wolfbearbobcat
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had no idea about this place but saw it on TA. Predates Alcatraz and Sing Sing. Country's first prison, and the design, approach to rehabilitation, and the way it changed is all fascinating. Our teenagers actually loved it and spent more time than we thought....More

Thank Dave N
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Architecture, history, intrigue, and rumored paranormal activity brag and lurk there. Take a general guided tour and join with specialized short tours to the hospital and kitchen. Go beyond the information offered and do your own research to deepen you understanding of what really happened...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We walked over to see it and is very old, pretty neat to look at. We were disappointed that there was a fee. We only got to see the initial entrance area.

Thank Liz Everett W
Reviewed 4 days ago

I took my grandkids on the self-guided tour and they thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not sure they fully grasped the narrative, but they didn't run ahead and looked around like they were listening! Not a bad price for the breadth of history offered.

Thank pbshse
Reviewed 4 days ago

The architecture here is fascinating. Built by folks who thought it would be compassionate to put criminals in isolation, there is a center hub and long spokes in which prisoners were put. The history is fascinating and disgusting. It isn't hard to imagine what this...More

Thank 515bethe
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were surprised to see how interesting the exhibits here were. Not just a look at the past, but a challenge to think about how we treat inmates today!

Thank Richard S
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Hi Liza, When I parked at the zoo to board the shuttle, I waited no longer than 10 minutes. It depends when you arrive as they leave every 20 minutes. Great eateries included with purchase of tickets online too. Hope you... More
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Hi June, Above is the link when you visit the website.