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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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While in Philly, my family and I were hitting the tourist spots and came upon thisplace. Not sure what to expect, we weren't sure we wanted to go, but by the line outside and other folks like us, we decided to go. Besides, we had...More
My daughter and I visited for a few hours. We took the audio tour and read a lot of the plaques for visitors. It was very interesting. The audio tour segment with actual prisoners was the best part. The whole tour kept my interest.
It is a cool place to visit. Plenty of history and interesting information. There is access to visit pretty much every cellblock, and walking through the prison gave me the feeling of being in an old movie. The kids absolutely loved it!
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
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.
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
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 😁
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
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 entire wing that is off limits, but only because it's in the aforementioned state of disrepair. There are cells also that are just piles of rubble almost, so the word 'off limits' is misleading. Nobody's holding anything back, it's just an old prison and parts of it haven't been brought up to the standard of 'exhibit'.
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
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 drinks. My suggest is to arrive early, as close to opening to avoid the worst of the heat.