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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Address: 2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
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+1 215-236-3300
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and...

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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A walk back in time

The walk tour is very worth it - they have audio guides that were very detailed that will help you out learn the history of this place. It was a bit eery inside but given the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The walk tour is very worth it - they have audio guides that were very detailed that will help you out learn the history of this place. It was a bit eery inside but given the past, it was well preserved

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upstate new york
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place should be on everyone's GO TO list. It is so interesting (of course, I guess you have to like history to find it interesting). We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Penitentiary and were very glad we got off the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to see it. Al Capone's cell, the "yard" and other various places within the walls were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Definitely a "must do" while in Philadelphia, I think everyone in the country should experience this place. It is very interesting and makes you think about our penal system in general. The staff was very helpful and everything was run very efficiently. The process to get tickets (got ours online) was simple and parking was easy (public lot right next... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My 15-yr old daughter and I visited Philly on 3/18 and had a few hours to burn before heading to the airport. My daughter found the Eastern State Penitentiary online. We'd never even heard of thsi place, but it's a very cool place...literally. We were there in mid-March and it was about 40 degrees and drizzling. Except for the main... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family enjoyed the visit. There are areas that can get a bit spooky in particular for smaller children but also for adults if you put yourselves in the shoes of the former inmates.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an interesting place to visit, this huge structure in the middle of a busy neighborhood. We visited on a chilly March day, it was about ten degrees colder in the building than outside. The cold really made you think about how life was for those living there. The concept of this facility is that a prisoner would become... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I liked it.. it was a great experience, but not something I would do again. we went in Feb and it was unexpectedly warm so everyone was out... the lines were long but they moved really fast. It was freezing inside at one point I was shaking from the cold... or maybe the ghosts... lol my only advice is to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Terrific well-paced, informative, audio guides included in admission price. Learned so much about early to current incarceration. Information provided in a straightforward, easy-to-follow manner. So glad the city of Philadelphia preserved this site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited this museum as I thought that it would appeal to my teen aged son. I was surprised that I also enjoyed it a great deal. There are multiple interesting talks offered throughout the day. My son and I attended a tour of "the hole" and the operating room. We would have enjoyed many more, but it was just... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

They have timed entry tours in the weeks leading up to Halloween that cannot be missed. Be prepared to be scared! It's very historical and an interesting visit the rest of the year too.

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