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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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Chilling, Intriguing, Sobering. A Philadelphia must-do.

I can't even put my emotions into words. Walking through the Eastern State Penitentiary museum/landmark is a very moving experience. Start with the audio tour, and then explore on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Victor, New York, United States

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I can't even put my emotions into words. Walking through the Eastern State Penitentiary museum/landmark is a very moving experience. Start with the audio tour, and then explore on your own. Make sure to check out Al Capone's cell while you are there. The beauty and decay of the building, the haunting stories of those who were there, will move... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Although not quite Alcatraz, Eastern State penitentiary is a pretty awesome place to visit. The audio tour is interesting and informative. And it is not too long. A worthwhile stop along the hop on and off bus tour.

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

A well-preserved piece of -unfortunate- history. Take the audio tour narrated by actor Steve Buscemi. Having already toured Alcatraz in San Francisco- I can honestly say this tour matched that one!

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My wife was the driving force behind heading here, but both of us really enjoyed the informative exhibit. The well-done audio tour (included in the admission fee) thoughtfully walks you through the various areas of the penitentiary, though you are free to just wander aimlessly if you prefer.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This prison was a fascinating place to visit. It helped us to think how lucky we were to have freedom, and not be locked up in this horrible penitentiary. The audio guided tour was very interesting, and really gave us the experience of what life must have been like for the inmates. The only problem was the working of the... More 

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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Went here for what I thought would just be a very good tour. The audio books are very good, and there are lots of staff to ask questions. At very regular times of the day they do short 5-10 minute tours of certain parts of the prison. These are really good, and the staff are rally passionate. Kevin took us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Very interesting, I did the guided tour. She was very knowledgable regarding the history of the penitentiary. Recommend this for anyone, including families. To get a good look at the entire facility I would say a good 3-4 hours would be good planning.

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York, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Interesting history of prisons and the evolving thoughts on the role of the prison and whether prisoners should have interactions with other prisoners. Good way to show kids this isn't a place they would ever want to be! Seriously, it is a somber place, unlike anything else I've seen before. Wasn't on our original agenda, but am glad we added... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

And I thought it couldn't get any more interesting than Alcatraz. Eastern State easily gives it a run for the money. It didn't have the creep factor on the morning we visited. Hallways were bright in the sunshine and there were more positive stories on Steve Buscemis audio tour. It seems you can access more areas than The Rock with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We took the Audio Tour as we only had an hour and a half to spend there. It was very interesting and lots of Nooks and Crannies to explore. I wish we had more time and were able to take the guided tour. They don't have any regular bathrooms, only porta potties.

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Additional Information about Eastern State Penitentiary

Address: 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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