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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Highlights

  • Discover the history of Eastern State through a self-guided audio tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi. Hear the real voices of former officers and inmates as the long-abandoned cellblocks come alive with sounds of daily life inside the ancient prison.
  • Learn how to unlock a cell, open the massive front gate, and tour rarely-seen spaces such as the Hospital Block through Hands-On History tours. These interactive experiences are brief—5 to 20 minutes each—and are available throughout the day, all across the penitentiary complex.
  • See Al Capone's recreated cell with fine furniture and a cabinet radio, where he got his first taste of prison life on Eastern State's "Park Avenue" cellblock.
  • Consider the purpose and effectiveness of prisons today in the award-winning, interactive new exhibit "Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration."

Location

EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Contact

Hours

Open daily, 10am-5pm

(215) 236-3300
easternstate.org

Offers/Upgrades

Terror Behind the Walls: CityPASS holders can receive $3 off adult admission to Terror Behind the Walls on all show nights except Saturdays. The offer is valid online only using the promo code CITYPASSRX. More details here.

Advice for Visitors

Tips:

  • Eastern State Penitentiary is open rain or shine, and the building does not have climate control. Summers can be quite hot, and winters can be quite chilly. Please dress for the weather, and be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Sandals, flip-flops, open-toed shoes, and high heels are not recommended.
  • The Eastern State Challenge booklet is available complimentary for kids (ages 7-12). It provides an engaging scavenger hunt throughout the prison complex!
  • While there are no dining facilities within the penitentiary complex, there are several wonderful restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood. If you prefer to bring a bagged lunch, there are picnic tables (uncovered) on the penitentiary baseball field.

Amenities:

  • Gift Shop: Museum Store

Accessibility: Click here for information on accessibility.

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

Groups: Groups of 15 or more should contact Eastern State Penitentiary's group sales department at (215) 236-5111 x210 or grouptours@easternstate.org.