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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Address: 2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
Phone Number: 215 236 3300
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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A must see!

I wanted to see this as soon as we knew we were going to Philadelphia. It is also part of the Philadelphia Pass which is great. You get an audio guide with your admission. The... read more

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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I wanted to see this as soon as we knew we were going to Philadelphia. It is also part of the Philadelphia Pass which is great. You get an audio guide with your admission. The audio guide takes you on a 35 minute introductory tour. It is extremely well done and the directions of where to go are very clear... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great for a first date or an outing with the little ones. Everyone loves to go to jail. Make sure you pass go and be sure to drop the soap.

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Benson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This exhibit was so much more than I expected. I originally was interested because I saw it on shows like destination America , or "hauntings" shows but what I got from it was so much more. It was educational and thought provoking. It was visually stunning and informative. It is a well thought out tour. I really recommend adding this... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a cool place! This is a must see for anyone visiting Philly. So much history and a lot of interesting exhibits to explore. We stayed for 2 hours and still didn't see everything!

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Glen Rose, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not very well preserved, but very interesting example of the early penitentiaries which was advanced for its time. Interesting architecture.

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Jacksonville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was one of my favorite parts of our trip to Philly. The information that is given and the ability to do the tour at your on pace was fantastic. This tour rivals Alcatraz any day of the week. If you are planning a trip - don't skip this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to explore using their self guided tour. I did not have the chance to do a staff guided tour, but would like to try that next time. With the self guided tour you can spend as long or as short of a time as you would like. It's very informative and pretty spooky as well.... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is an audio tour that is very good - you can take a fairly short tour with about 10 stops, but you can also delve deeper and spend as much time as you want. There are many, many audio snippets you can listen to as you tour the largely unrestored ruins of this 19th century prison. On a cloudy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome stop! Went for the 2 o'clock guided tour which lasted about an hour. Stayed and walked around for an hour afterward. Which we had more time to explore this prison that looks frozen in time. Got some amazing pictures and learned a lot!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't really know what to expect, but we were so happy with this attraction. It was both historic and educational and extremely interesting. Also a bit spooky! Our teens (age 14) thought it was cool.

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