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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 2 days ago

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

Thank X2447HPtinah
Reviewed 3 days ago

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. I...More

Thank MuffLa
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

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!

Thank rociocgs
Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank Russ T
Reviewed 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 6 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

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Reviewed 6 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 KristieB758
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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
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11 October 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 😁
25 September 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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29 August 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