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Eastern State Penitentiary

2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
215 236 3300
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Ranked #6 of 289 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Chillicothe, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Had always wanted to visit Eastern State since I saw it on Ghost Hunters. It did not disappoint. What an incredible location. Great history and can't imagine how cool it would be to investigate there at night!

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Macabre kind of tour but worth it!If you have kids bring them,it'll smarten them up.Plenty of parking in the lot next door.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

During my trip to Philly, this has to be the place I wanted to visit the most. I had lived in the area for years and regretted not being able to tour this prison. When entering the prison, you will definitely feel how eerie this place can be and would hate to spend the night here. As you pay for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We went here because my niece is into 'creepy' stuff and I let her choose what we visited on our recent trip to Philly. You know, ghost tours, Mutter Museum, etc. Well, I can say that this was my absolute favorite attraction on this trip. I knew very little about the history of the American penal system before this visit.... More

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Delaware, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We would suggest that you take the 2pm guided tour. If that time doesn't work for you, you can do the audio tour. Nick was so informative in an entertaining way. This tour was the highlight of our day! We reached the penitentiary by getting off at one of the stops on the trolley tour.

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Mission Viejo, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We went here on advice from trip advisor and were so glad we did, spent hours hear reading all about the conditions here and found it very interesting and amazing what happened in this prison thank you trip advisor fans

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Didn't think it was worth seeing. If you have seen one cell you have seen them all. Video was kind of confusing. Not too interesting, Alcatraz was better.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit in the heart of the city, the prison cells have a spooky air to them and the grounds are interesting. Well worth the cost and visit. Near Philly Flavors so stop for an ice cream after.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

we actually visited here in 2009 for a halloween attraction, it was so cool and very cool to see some of the old cells famous people lived in, there were areas that were closed off due to the fact that they were haunted.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Great commentary by Steve Buscemi, really well done. A great place to visit for a few hours, I found the health stuff particularly interesting as I am a nurse. Al Capone's cell is awesome too. Highly recommended.

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