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Eastern State Penitentiary
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Visited on a cold day in December, which added to the already eerie atmosphere of the penetentiary. The visit was fascinating and the audio tour (narrated by Steve Buscemi) was great! Though there's a lot of the prison you can't walk around due to it's delapidated state, that's part of the charm. I loved hearing the parts of the audio tour with interviews from ex-prisoners and guards.

Thank Victoria M
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

While a visit to an old prison might not be for everyone, out tour was a really interesting look at the history of Philadelphia and the evolving concept of reform in the US.

Thank Mark A
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

I just missed the Halloween events at this prison which is a national historical site. It is a spooky place and you will get great pics there with any camera or even your iPhone. This is the first prison in the US of its kind. Hard to believe this place only closed 30 or so yrs ago. If you have seen the movie the Green mile or Escape from Alcatraz you will get the feel for this very old place. Is it really haunted? I didn't see anything, but I am always looking

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Loved it you need a good two hours to check it out big grounds alot of history. Great value for money

Thank PUGSLY79
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Was reluctant to visit but it was a very informative and interesting. I was told best time to visit is during the summer or even better during Halloween. Winter it was COLD..make sure to have warm clothes.

Thank Sheena S
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