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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Address: 2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
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+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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Saved from the wrecking ball...

There are historical sites that need to be preserved for the edification of future generations...and this is one of them. Fortunately, this huge piece of valuable real estate was... read more

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New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are historical sites that need to be preserved for the edification of future generations...and this is one of them. Fortunately, this huge piece of valuable real estate was saved from the wrecking ball in the eleventh hour. As of today it can be considered a ruin; falling plaster, peeling paint, exposed structural supports, but those are things which make... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you're looking for something a little different from the typical tourist activity, check out Eastern State. The sprawling facility was once a rural, Quaker-run penitentiary, intended for repentance and introspection. All things change, and time has left the cells of this fortress crumbling and creepy. Self-guided visits are allowed, and I recommend wandering around a bit before taking a... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love old buildings. This place has history, it's creepy & you actually feel like a prisoner while walking around the courtyard. You forget that you're in the middle of a neighborhood in a large city. You feel like you're cut off from the rest of the world. You take a self guided tour & get to listen to audio... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My friend and I didn't have enough time to see both the Art Museum and the Penitentiary, and we're both very glad we decided to spend more time here than the Art Museum (we did go and have a look at the Art Museum, just didn't go in...) It's a fascinating tour with a very well-written/narrated guided audio tour. I... More 

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Hesperia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We got to the penitentiary too late to enjoy the entire grounds but we got through the audio tour and we had the best time!! It was sprinkling a little bit which added to the spooky effect of the settings!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great audio tour and displays. Give yourself a solid 1.5 hours to complete the full audio tour. Lots of walking.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The prison is intense, great connection with modern mass incarceration and mistakes in our past. Go on a warm day. It's freezing inside since most windows are broken. $14 to get in, includes audio, near city centre.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent over two hours there and wanted to stay longer, but it was really cold. A must -see definitely

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If you visit Philadelphia, you HAVE to visit this place. I spent time there yesterday and found it an unforgettable and fantastic experience - The best $14 dollars I will spend all holiday The place is so eerie, it leaves you feeling like you aren't alone when walking the long corridors. The voiceovers from Steve Buscemi are superb. I honestly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here twice, once for their Halloween thing and once for a tour. I recommend the tour during the day then a night one!!! So much history in this place and you can feel the walls looking at you!!!

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