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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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This was the one tourist thing we were able to fit in during a volleyball tournament. My only regret was not having more time to spend here. We showed up at 3:40 and they have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This was the one tourist thing we were able to fit in during a volleyball tournament. My only regret was not having more time to spend here. We showed up at 3:40 and they have a firm closing time of 5:00. I wish we had another 30 minutes at least. The audio tour was very well done and we loved... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

You can Google the history yourself, but even that won't prepare you for the visit. Kinda like looking at a picture of Mount Rushmore and seeing it in person. This place is huge, fascinating, creepy, beautiful and historic all at once. There are acres to explore at your leisure and as you like. Rotating art installations make each visit unique.... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed this place and would have stayed longer if the weather was a bit warmer. The audio tour was great. Really had fun learning about the place and some of the folks who were imprisoned there. Fun just to roam around. The staff were friendly and helpful when one of our audios stopped working. They fixed it in a... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I recommend going first thing in the morning, as you will enjoy best walking on your own and avoiding crowds for great photos. Loved the audio guide with Steve Buscemi telling you about the place and the so many stories enclosed in such an early prision, from Jews, to African American, to young and old. We took about 1.5 hours,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Great tour! The audio guided tour was very informative and easy to follow. We got there via bus, and it was very easy. Make sure to visit Al Capone's cell. This is also a great place for photo opportunities!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We had a great guide who really brought the stories to life. So close to the main drag of tourist areas, totally worth the detour. Come prepared for weather, as much of the tour is outside or not climate controlled. Pick up an audio tour even if you're going on the guided tour, as the guided tour only covers some... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Want to come back for the Halloween Night the run! So pleased this building was kept as a historical site. An interesting and important piece of history.

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Edmonton, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

A great place to check out if you are a history geek like myself. You can feel the history as soon as you walk into the place. There are so many great write ups on the walls and around the prison that give you a great detail of insight on what prison life was like all the time ago. The... More 

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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Very informative tour. Learned more than I expected about our penal system. Often not appreciated by tourists as a great venue to visit.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Went here on a tour to see "ghosts". That I did not find, but the history and this place is more amazing than any ghost sighting could have offered. It was really one of the best tours I have ever taken.

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