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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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We went on the self-guided tour utilizing the provided headsets and were very pleased. We could spend as much or as little time at each station and this worked well for our... read more

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Topeka, Kansas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went on the self-guided tour utilizing the provided headsets and were very pleased. We could spend as much or as little time at each station and this worked well for our group. So much history and amazing that it is located in the middle of town"

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Southbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I see that I am not alone in my opinion of the rich history found in this place. I knew nothing about it before I had heard about it through the "hop on and off' bus. A friend also suggested that I go after I questioned him about it. There is an audio tour as well as guides. Don't miss... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Though costly ($109 pp) the tour is well worth it. The tour includes an educational sightseeing excursion in the prison, a knowledgeable guide providing a very good narration with interesting highlights on the penitentiary's origins, the concepts and ideas behind it, its many failures, rehabilitation efforts, etc. After the tour is over, one is prompted to start the terrifying journey... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I always wanted to know what it was like to live inside a prison, without having to spend the night. This was one of the first real prisons in the world, from around the 1820s to 1970. The curators of this museum (once home to Al Capone and Willy "I rob banks cause that's where the money is" Sutton), put... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an amazing attraction in so many ways -- the history, architecture, stories. Definitely a great family outing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

To get there use the bus route 48(Check web) or get subway on orange line to fairmount sub way station and walk along fairmount ave not a short walk(Check google maps). You'r given at the jail a headset and plan to listen to the self guided tour. Please when you get the plan sit down for 10 minutes to have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was impressed with the layout of this tour. It was very well done. I feel like I got a glimpse of what it must have been like to be incarcerated in the early 1900's.... they have done a wonderful job semi-restoring the Penn in order for you to see and feel what it was like back in the day.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The audio tour with general admission is awesome. I was surprised you could roam around on your own. I had seen it on TV a lot so I had high expectations and it did not disappoint. There are timed short talks by the guides, the times are in the map. I wish we'd have done more of those. Very friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I had a great time at the Eastern state penitentiary. It was very different, knowledgeable, audio at your own pace. It was one of the greatest attractions of them all. I highly recommend this. This would probably be the only reason I would come back to Philadelphia. We couldn't get enough it was so fascinating. Love love... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was very educational. We did the self-guided tour that was narrated with headphones. There were cell blocks within the prison that we weren't allowed to go because we didn't pay for the guided tour, of which there are only 2 a day. It was still really cool and very educational, but it's tough to stay together in a... More 

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