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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...more
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I take all out of town guests here. This place is so fascinating as part of our history as a country and society. I've gone 3 times in 1 year and wasn't bored. Worth the price of admission. Definitely recommend using the headphones for the...More
We have been wanting to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary for a few years and finally had the opportunity when we were in town for the Army Navy game. What a great find in Philadelphia! The history of this penitentiary is amazing. There are some...More
This is an expansive museum with a variety of content about incarceration and all the players involved. The prison environment is a society in itself, and the museum does an excellent job of portraying to roles of all involved. In it's current state, the penitentiary...More
I went here knowing nothing about this place. So happy to have had the opportunity to visit. It was very informative and I liked that you can tour it on your own. Keep in mind that all of the cell blocks are open to the...More
The audio tour that’s included is so fun to listen to with all the stories and interesting facts they have. We didn’t have high expectations there but ended up staying a couple hours intrigued by everything there
I expected to see just ruins / structure of a great prison. It was much more than that. I was pleasantly surprised. I planned to be there a few hours but landed up being there the entire day.The architectural (castle and cell block) structure was...More
Family and I visited in September and I found it pretty interesting especially Al Capone's cell. It was very interesting and the narration was most helpful. Being within these huge walls was quite an experience.
Response from Beverly R | Reviewed this property |
Very easy and I recommend it. We Uber or took Lift all over the place. Also do the hop on hop off bus tour, u can see the whole city and then ride to where u want get in and off, we did that too- just another option 😁
Response from MatthewMoggridge | Reviewed this property |
I'd say that yes, there probably are areas that are off limits; however, those areas are probably not worth looking at as they're in a state of disrepair. As you wander around, you see (if my memory serves me correctly, an... More
I'd say that yes, there probably are areas that are off limits; however, those areas are probably not worth looking at as they're in a state of disrepair. As you wander around, you see (if my memory serves me correctly, an entire wing that is off limits, but only because it's in the aforementioned state of disrepair. There are cells also that are just piles of rubble almost, so the word 'off limits' is misleading. Nobody's holding anything back, it's just an old prison and parts of it haven't been brought up to the standard of 'exhibit'.
One exhibit has air conditioning. Otherwise there is no a/c throughout the facility. It has an open court yard. You'll suffer no worse than the prisoners that were held there. There are vending machines that have cold... More
One exhibit has air conditioning. Otherwise there is no a/c throughout the facility. It has an open court yard. You'll suffer no worse than the prisoners that were held there. There are vending machines that have cold drinks. My suggest is to arrive early, as close to opening to avoid the worst of the heat.