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Eastern State Penitentiary

Save 47% on admission to the top 5 Philadelphia attractions with CityPASS.


  • See Al Capone’s cell, restored to its appearance during Capone’s stay.
  • Tour cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Death Row, and the newly restored Alfred W. Fleisher Memorial Synagogue.
  • Hold the keys to the cellblocks with Hands-on History interactive experiences – short demonstrations that allow visitors to participate in physical activities around the prison, such as opening the massive front gate.
  • Take an intimate walking tour of Eastern State Penitentiary’s cellblocks and yards with "The Voices of Eastern State" audio tour, including the voices of three former wardens and twenty-five guards and inmates.


2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
22nd St. and Fairmont Ave., 5 blocks from Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Open daily, 10am-5pm
Last entry at 4pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

(215) 236-3300


Terror Behind the Walls: Additional fee required; see details.

Advice for Visitors


  • ESP is not recommended for children under age seven.
  • CityPASS holders join the next available tour; reservations are not necessary in summer but are strongly recommended for Winter Adventure Tour (December-March) by calling (215) 236-3300.
  • Dress comfortably and wear walking shoes - it’s essentially an outdoor tour.
  • The Fairmount Neighborhood (Center City Philadelphia), is only a few blocks from City Hall and is accessible by Phila Trolly Works and Big Bus. There's an abundant array of corner cafes, neighborhood pubs and some of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants.
  • Bring a camera - ESP may be the most photogenic place you see in years.


  • Dining: Bring a picnic lunch; outdoor seating is available on penitentiary baseball diamond.
  • Gift Shops: Penitentiary Store

Accessibility: Tour route with ADA-compliant ramps; meets most ADA guidelines. Guide dogs and service animals are welcome. Museum gift shop accessible only by set of 3 steps; see details.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (215) 236-5111 x10.

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