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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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This was so cool to walk through. You got a sense of what it was really like for the prisoners there. They had a lot of stories from actual prisoners that were kept there. Al... read more

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was so cool to walk through. You got a sense of what it was really like for the prisoners there. They had a lot of stories from actual prisoners that were kept there. Al Capone's cell was also pretty cool to see. The architecture of the building was also fascinating.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Generally, by the end of a tour, I'm ready for it to end. However, this tour was so riveting, I could have gone on longer. The cell blocks are amazing. Al Capone's cell is not to be missed. Walking the perimeter gives you another entire perspective on things. The voices of real prisoners describing their day to day activities was... More 

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Krefeld
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The place is definitely worth a visit! Very morbid scenery, guaranteeing special photographs if you're interested in that... plus there is a lot of background information on prisons and how today's prison concept came into being. Then, of course, there's that one special cell where Al Capone spent 7 months and one that shows a typical Guantanamo cell ... a... More 

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Endicott, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the several tourist places I visited. It is very intimidating from the outside, as well as from the inside. They provide head sets for self tours, which is what we chose. Very interesting.

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Thank Vincent C
East Hanover, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A sense of living history that kept the kids engaged. Even the walking tour was great for the youngest 11. Easy to get and from and worth taking the time to see.

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Thank dbparrynj
Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved the fact that the Warden put his dog, Pep, in prison for killing the cat. While we were there, ghost hunters were every where filming with special cameras. It gave a more creepy feel to the already ghostly place. Enjoyed the audio tour and the history behind the penitentiary.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great tours, guides, ample parking in lot and in the area, interesting facts and displays. Great history to be had.

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Thank Ray7313
Clinton, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I toured the facility with two teenage boys and they were completely intrigued with the history of the penitentiary! The audio tour is quite thorough and just enough information. We were there about 40 minutes but it could take longer if you wanted to spend the time there.

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Thank PaulaR57
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Eastern State Penitentiary was a revolutionary idea when it was built! With the layout being a center with spokes- or hallways, so you can see everywhere standing in one place! Seeing Al Capone cell with its opulent furnishings, to solitary, and even the little synagogue, it's a fascinating adventure!

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Thank LindaKarp
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been here about 4-5 times. The history is fascinating and the photo opportunities are incredible. There is one long wall with photos of the former inmates. One actually looked just like my dad so it was even more interesting. There is a audio that you can get to listen to as you walk. I highly recommend it and... More 

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