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Eastern State Penitentiary

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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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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 44wynnew
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bunch of friends and I went to ESP for the haunted house/prison and it was so much fun! It was elaborate with lights and special effects and the actors were great.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank explorer_nemo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 451shelleyf
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible place. We were amazed. While you visit it you can hear the details on a record. I’m speechless to describe how incredible this place is.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank camilacA9716GA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dcruznm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the Philadelphia Go City Pass you can take a chance on some attractions you might not normally visit. I found the penitentiary to be very informative and educational. Glad we toured this prison.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 21CocoP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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October 10, 2018|
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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 😁
September 24, 2018|
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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
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August 28, 2018|
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Response from K S | Reviewed this property |
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