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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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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed May 13, 2016

This place is awesome. The audio tour is informative and entertaining. The stone walls mean that it stays cool even in the summer.

1  Thank Sarah J
Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

Really good free audio tour that guides you around the worlds first true penitentiary, with little extra snippets you can choose to be a part of or listen to. There are guided tours at different sections at particular times that are also repeated every hour...More

3  Thank sunshinesnuggles2000
Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

America's first penitentiary, which worked until the 1970's. Held celebrities like Al Capone. Audio guiding is provided with regular ticket, and is very instructive.

1  Thank Frederico60
Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

Excellent history lesson. Great place to see the first penitentiary that set the standard for prisons around the world. Self guided audio tours. Docent tours and hands on demonstrations. Worth a visit.

1  Thank Rod V
Reviewed May 12, 2016

oh man i probably could spend a week here listening to all the stories! it was so interesting and the worn down building is so neat looking! i want to go back some year around Halloween when they have a haunted house!

1  Thank Leslie A
Reviewed May 12, 2016

We visited the Eastern State Penitentary in May 2016. It was awesome. The guided video tour was very helpful and overall it was a great piece of history!

1  Thank Lindsay B
Reviewed May 11, 2016

Mixture of history as well as social commentary. The Penitentiary is one of the first attempts at rehabilitating prisoners instead of just jailing them. You'll learn a little history and a fair amount of philosophy about the whys and hows of the penal system. A...More

Thank Heath W
Reviewed May 11, 2016

This is a wonderful departure from the usual tourist spots in the city. Al Capone stayed here and his cell is well preserved. Know that this prison was abandoned and its present condition is as it was after years of neglect, expect for renovations to...More

Thank Christmas2010
Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

I think for how dirty and how boring Philly is. This was kind of pleasant. It feels kinda mental in there but no doubt who was housed there.

Thank drink50fifty
Reviewed May 9, 2016

I must tell you I wasn't a fan in going here but did it with a group of friends while in Philly for a couple of days. I'm glad I did. We did the self tour with the head sets so we could go at...More

1  Thank amanda w
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Hi Liza, When I parked at the zoo to board the shuttle, I waited no longer than 10 minutes. It depends when you arrive as they leave every 20 minutes. Great eateries included with purchase of tickets online too. Hope you... More
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Yes, great activity, any weather.
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Hi June, Above is the link when you visit the website.