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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Address: 2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: 215 236 3300
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: 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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Remeber this property dates back to the 1800's. You will get the real feel of a prison if you visit it. Great educational place for the kids. Wear confortable shoes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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East Meadow, New York
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This tour was definitely worth doing once. But in reality, it's just a dank old prison. The programs that they put on there for Halloween are fun, but if you generally aren't that easily frightened or superstitions, it's just concrete and moisture. For the best experience, bring others who are easily frightened. They will be your entertainment.

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East Meadow, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Remeber this property dates back to the 1800's. You will get the real feel of a prison if you visit it. Great educational place for the kids. Wear confortable shoes.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This museum is great! Very interesting and beautiful. The audio tour by Steve Buscemi is great as well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I went a little while ago, not in the past year, however I loved this place! I myself am a history buff period, but this new aspect of crime and all the colorful criminal characters that stayed there suited me perfectly! Al Capone stayed there, and so for all you Scarface Fans you'll love his luxury cell, that had a... More 

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Macedon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Preserved enough to get a feel for how things would've been in their "prime". Educational, but in an understated way so that our teenagers enjoyed the trip without the feeling of being lectured to.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

It was snowing the day my fiance and I, along with a friend, went to visit Eastern State. That just made it more awesome. To get to see the history around you and feel what some of these guys lived with was amazing. Do yourself a favor and pay attention to the audio tour. it is very well done.

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Orillia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Wow, it was very interesting to learn how the Pen changed over the years! We were given head sets that allowed us to explore the penitentiary on our own time, with narration from Steve Buchemi. Bring a coat, as it is pretty much all open to the weather. Definately a good attraction to visit, although I'm sure Al Capone was... More 

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Matthews, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is a site which is worth the time to tour. You can only imagine what it must have been like in its years of operation. It was interesting to read all of the displays and listen to the audio descriptions. A place you want to visit, but not a place you want to inhabit.

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Overland Park, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Have to admit we were a little skeptical about visiting a prison, but this was a great visit and there is some very interesting history to be taken in here. Visited on a cool and windy day and while the place is pretty cold (walls act like a cooler!), you do get out of the wind. Take a warm jacket... More 

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Manhattan, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed Alcatraz and decided to visit Eastern State as a comparison. Alcatraz gave my wife the "willies", but this has a totally different feel to it. The origin of the solitary confinement with little or no human interaction, was the idea when it was built and then it grew. Nice audio tour which takes 30-45 min if you keep... More 

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