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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
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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
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The Eastern State Penitentiary did not disappoint. Within minutes of starting the audio tour, we already had learned many interesting facts about the place. Just about everything we learned was new to us. I'd highly recommend it.

Thank LoveToTravelWhenICan
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited this museum based on the recommendation of a couple friends. To be honest, I’ve been to Philadelphia before and is never heard of this place. We spent an afternoon there and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Very interesting. My 11 and 13 year olds ranked...More

1  Thank Amy D
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were all mesmerised by this place. The fact that it has not been restored really added to the eerie atmosphere and brought home the reality of the horrors of this kind of institution. It is definitely a must do. The thing we found fantastic...More

Thank Ameera S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

They have a self-guided tour which was very well done. This prison is amazing, very sad, but amazing the rich history!

Thank Sara T
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did the audio tour provided at the penitentiary itself (which was about $16) and it was great ! My partner and I had done an audio tour in Alcatraz and we loved it so we decided to try this one instead of a guided...More

Thank Lizzikins
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This visit was not just informative, but will inspire every photographer as well. Expecting a fully restored prison would not be realistic and would not show the horror the prisoners must have experienced. The prison has been somewhat restored and no hard hat is required,...More

Thank KirstenNL87
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was not that excited about this tour, but my granddaughters want to check it out. I was surprised. It was very interesting. You learn about about the vision for the prison and why it did not work. You also see some amazing and terrible...More

Thank Mary R
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is easily the highlights of the trip! Such a great surprise. The grounds are magnificent, the ruins are breathtaking. I'm a history buff and learned so much taking the self guided tour. Also, bring your camera it's a photographer's dream place to shoot!

Thank Jarch98
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Reviewed 4 days ago

eastern State Penitentiary is easy to access using the local bus system, Phlash or any of the tourist busses. Book your tickets on line and save a couple of dollars. A great experience, the prison having been largely left untouched for some decades, but Al...More

1  Thank Penny-and-Mike
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visiting Philadelphia for a few days and only found out about this place whilst here. Absolutely worth a visit! My daughter, 11 years old, thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t want to leave! It’s really interesting to find out about the building and prisoners and see...More

Thank WeLikeHols
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BabsUsa
2 June 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
31 March 2018|
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Response from Ben H | Reviewed this property |
Two hours is fine.
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Lynne G
17 March 2018|
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Response from Julianne H | Reviewed this property |
It would be possible, but difficult as this is an old jail under restoration. You could probably get the idea of the place, but walkways are uneven, cells have narrow doors and a step over to enter. I agree with the other... More
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