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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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It tends to be a little chilly in the indoor spaces but definitely makes it feel haunted. Liked the audio tour definitely gave you lots of details.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

It tends to be a little chilly in the indoor spaces but definitely makes it feel haunted. Liked the audio tour definitely gave you lots of details.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

A return to history at the oldest prison in the US. A must visit site when your in Philadelphia. Al Capone was a famous guest there. The most interesting feature was the relative short sentences for the inmates in the early years. The average sentence was for two years for a wide variety of offences including murder, but the sentence... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

I loved the history aspect of the prison. I thought the tour was full of interesting facts. The bonus for me was to see Al Capone's prison cell. This was the best part of Philadelphia for me.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Great audio tour with many stories of what life was like in the Penitentiary. Ghost tour at night would be very good but some in our group were not so into that. Must visit if in Philadelphia.

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Johnstown, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Gripping, well priced, good audio tour. Affordable, intriguing, historic. Well staffed. Able to stay and roam and investigate the facility.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Myself, daughter and grand kids (11 & 9) were all fascinated by the building and history of this place. It was really interesting - did the audio guide which was great, the narration was helpful along with the signs on the walls. I learned a great deal about the prison systems and why they were called penitentiary. The site is... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

I had a blast visiting Eastern State Penn. Travelling through time once you set foot through the gates makes way for a wonderful experience. There is a free audio tour (and at the end a small gift shop). You can follow the tour, or you can go explore the facility. There are a few places that they prefer you do... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This was what I wanted to see most on our trip & I was not disappointed. We went on the only day it rained, but that kinda added an extra creepiness about it. They said they do Halloween events there & that would be awesome. It was scary enough on a regualr day. Some cells were open so you could... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

well run with fascinating exhibits, informed guides. The stories and plaques are so well done the guide is almost superfluous. The Chapel was very interesting. I really felt that I had a sense of what this prison was like. Much humor.

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Marriottsville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This was just fun as well as interesting. My 2 middle school kids love it. They really enjoyed the time that the staff to to explain some of the more "strange" pieces of the penitentiary.

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