Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

4.7
#2 of 355 in Museums in Pennsylvania
Must see · History Museum · Museum
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Admire the impressive architecture and haunting atmosphere of one of the most famous and expensive prisons in the world, Eastern State Penitentiary. Once a thriving site of discipline and order, the prison has long since closed, and now you can take a tour of the building’s unique wagon-wheel design that inspired thousands of penitentiaries worldwide. Follow your guide through the cellblock rows, solitary confinement cells, and execution chambers. Don’t miss the chance to visit the original cell of Al Capone. If you’re interested in haunting tales, ask about the prison’s long history of paranormal activity and ghost sightings. Plan to visit Eastern State Penitentiary during your Philadelphia vacation using our convenient Philadelphia itinerary maker.
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  • Highly recommend this attraction. The audio tour is outstanding. I found that there are areas outside of the tour path that you can explore, with audio stops to accompany. I made good use of the... 
    Highly recommend this attraction. The audio tour is outstanding. I found that there are areas outside of the tour path that you can explore, with audio stops to accompany. I made good use of the...  more »
  • Super interesting and a step back in time. I love going to historic places while visiting new cities and this place was no exception. much is left to its original state, and closed off. you can... 
    Super interesting and a step back in time. I love going to historic places while visiting new cities and this place was no exception. much is left to its original state, and closed off. you can...  more »
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  • Best audio tour. You can stop it and start it and listen to whatever sections you prefer. The best parts were the interviews with actual former prisoners. Dress for the outside weather. Great to take creepy photos. There is currently an art exhibit in one cell called specimen of insects and animal remains collected from the property. Very cool overall experience.
  • We did the audio tour and it was very cool to learn about the history of such an iconic place situation is a big city. You learn so much in about 2 hours and get to see a lot. It was spooky to learn about the origins and stuff that went on in Eastern State but very informative and have a lot of accounts from prisoners and workers. They provide you with a lot of information and you get to see a lot of how the prison worked. Definitely recommend for when visiting Philly and want to see something different!

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