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Eastern State Penitentiary

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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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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, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
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Reviewed today

Self-guided tour takes you throughout a majority of the prison and includes the voices of actual prisoners, guards, etc. themselves. There is enough to spend an entire day learning about the history of the prison. Some prison cells were open for you to go into...More

Thank ciarbucks
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Reviewed yesterday

Wife and I took our niece her husband and their 10 year old daughter to tour the prison. The audio is fact filled with voices of guards and prisoners who were actually there. The 10 year old got a little bored during, but niece and...More

Thank Craig M
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Reviewed yesterday

I went to this place on a whim while my boyfriend was attending a conference, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. The tour is self-guided, so you can pretty much escape whatever crowds you might run into (and I didn't really run into any!). The...More

Thank Erica S
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Reviewed yesterday

Really enjoyed our visit. Very interesting and informative. Self guided tour but plenty of guides that can answer questions.

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed yesterday

If in Philly you must see this penitentiary. We spent half a day inside and it's the closest I ever want to be to being incarceated.

Thank Bossy075
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Eastern State Penitentiary did not disappoint. Within minutes of starting the audio tour, we already had learned many interesting facts about the place. Just about everything we learned was new to us. I'd highly recommend it.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited this museum based on the recommendation of a couple friends. To be honest, I’ve been to Philadelphia before and is never heard of this place. We spent an afternoon there and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Very interesting. My 11 and 13 year olds ranked...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were all mesmerised by this place. The fact that it has not been restored really added to the eerie atmosphere and brought home the reality of the horrors of this kind of institution. It is definitely a must do. The thing we found fantastic...More

Thank Ameera S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

They have a self-guided tour which was very well done. This prison is amazing, very sad, but amazing the rich history!

Thank Sara T
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did the audio tour provided at the penitentiary itself (which was about $16) and it was great ! My partner and I had done an audio tour in Alcatraz and we loved it so we decided to try this one instead of a guided...More

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BabsUsa
June 1, 2018|
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Response from JoeTamT | Reviewed this property |
It will take you about 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive.....traffic in Philly is slow most of the day...but the it is worth the drive....patience is a good thing....
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Dipika T
March 30, 2018|
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Response from Ben H | Reviewed this property |
Two hours is fine.
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Lynne G
March 16, 2018|
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Response from Julianne H | Reviewed this property |
It would be possible, but difficult as this is an old jail under restoration. You could probably get the idea of the place, but walkways are uneven, cells have narrow doors and a step over to enter. I agree with the other... More
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