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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Address: 2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: +1 215-236-3300
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and...

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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Interesting, intuitive, in-depth - strongly recommended

I was slightly sceptical about this place, because I thought it would just be a walk around the grounds with a few placards. I was very pleasantly surprised. There's an excellent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was slightly sceptical about this place, because I thought it would just be a walk around the grounds with a few placards. I was very pleasantly surprised. There's an excellent audio guide tour (narrated by no less that Steve Buscemi) which talks you around the prison and discusses the history of the prison in an accessible manner. It's the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Penitentiary is a bit out of the city centre but easily accessible on the Philly Phlash bus (or one of the other tourist buses). I went for the self guided audio tour. Very clear commentary and instructions on where to turn, where you should be and what number to select next. This was one of the places on my... More 

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Crisfield, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to the pen on a whim as our kids usually go the for the Halloween tours and thought we should see the lure in the daylight. The recordings told a lot of stories about the people who were incarcerated there and how the building was designed.

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Thank SueL1974
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Cool place to visit. Our group took an Uber to the Penitentiary, and it was only about a 5 minute ride. If you're looking to occupy a few hours, I would definitely recommend stopping by.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A little something different. Cost is $14 each . Pay parking lot near by. $ 8 for 2 hours. They give you a headset and when you get to a numbered sign. You put in the number and here the story.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I had been wanting to visit the ESP for over 2 years.totally worth the time and fees. Major eye opener but still thrilling and saddening at the same time. Woooow

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the self guided tour which was well laid out easy to follow path. With prison and for that matter prisoners reform being on the mind of current administration it discusses past and today's views on incarceration

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

my friends and I thought it would be fun to visit this penitentiary, but learned so much about PA and the culture and history of that time. The visit was scary due to history of prison, but overall I highly recommend. it was amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My girlfriend and I debated over which museum to check out during our brief trip to Philly before we landed on this gem. The concept behind the museum is that they first show you how conditions were in the jail (thanks to an audio tour guided by Steve Buscemi), then they invite you to consider broader ideas behind incarceration. They... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's been a few years since I've been here. This place is creeeeepy. Went in the middle of the afternoon on a lovely spring day and couldn't escape the feeling of haunted souls following me all around. No need to experience their Halloween event. This place will scare you any day of the year.

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