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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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Chills and ghost stories abound near the center of Philly

Spooky place full of history. Al Capone was locked up here for a while! Check this place out around Halloween, they do a special spooky haunted house tour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Spooky place full of history. Al Capone was locked up here for a while! Check this place out around Halloween, they do a special spooky haunted house tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A very unique way to spend a few hours, traveling through time and seeing such an historic relic that has survived this long. It was well worth a trip, if you love architecture and history and a bit of the macabre. There are many different areas to tour, indoors and out, and a great variety of stops along the audio... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The self-walking tour with audio which is standard after paying admission was great to understand the prison history of this former prison specifically, but also understanding the bigger picture of imprisonment across US and the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great value for the ticket price ($14). You could spend hours exploring the different corridors and the art installations. I like the way they have kept it as a semi ruin, as it adds to the atmosphere. Audio tour was v informative. Defo recommend this if you're in Philly!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The best attraction in Philadelphia. The oldest penitentiary ever built. Very good pictures to be taken inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Take the guided tour. You will learn a lot about the prison. Our guide was never stumped by any question and he engaged us in a discussion about prisons.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The information and sights were breathtaking. So much to see and read about. Don't miss the attractions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Nearly all in tact this eerie jail was very cool to walk through. We took ourselves on an audio tour nararated by Steve Buscemi which was very well done. We learnt a lot about how things were and found it really interesting and we'll worth the trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Having never been to a prison, this was intriguing to me. Prisoners in this era were subjected to isolation in order to restore order in their lives. The architecture is interesting as well as views of cells, the yard, and the massive stone walls. The audio tour is well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Stopped by for a couple hours while traveling through Philadelphia. Well worth a couple hours, a good camera, and listening to the entire audio tour.

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Additional Information about Eastern State Penitentiary

Address: 2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: 215 236 3300
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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