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Eastern State Penitentiary: Tours & Tickets

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
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+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place had an awesome tour during the day. The audio tour was great. However, they kept advertising Al Capone staying there and that wasn’t mentioned in this audio tour. My husband also went back for the Haunted House at night and loved it. He...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Happygoluckyang
Reviewed yesterday

This place was amazing and has full potential of being better. The place is run down and in need of refurbishment but this doesn't stop it being a very informative place to visit and an eye opener to the amount of people in Prison. This...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank WoodKent
Reviewed 3 days ago

We tried to buy tickets on line. The website was acting up. So once we arrived I showed them and they honored the on line pricing. We received the head set and were on our way. It was very informative and from many points of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Pam B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Incredible!! Visited with teens and adults. Great experience over all, a little scary but not as much as other places we’ve visited. Different kinds of things in each attracting making sure there’s something for everyone. Hospitality and customer service like no other.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Raven R
Reviewed 3 days ago

What an interesting place. In a sad state of disrepair but nonetheless worth the visit. You have an audio tour to follow at your own pace which gives a good overall impression. We learned a lot about the American penal system and some very interesting...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank GillO190
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came for 2 reasons - terror behind the walls and daytime viewing of a delapidated prison. Terror behind the walls was fun. Not too scary for me since there were so many people around and I chose not to get the necklace that allows the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank alisonk07
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a great place to visit and very interesting. My husband and I enjoyed the audio guided tour as we can move around at our own pace. Would highly recommend - & order online to get a discounted rate!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Catherine B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Took the day tour through the facility. The audio was included with the price of admission. It was very easy to use. You only needed to key in the number to match what you were seeing. The stories on the audio really gave you the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jeannine K
Reviewed 5 days ago

A great experience for the wife and I to visit.I can't imagine being locked up in a creepy joint like this!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank wayoutwilly
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Eastern State was well worth the time we spent there. It was raining the day we visited and I think that added to the experience. You really got an idea of how dark the cells could get when there wasn’t any sunlight coming through the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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lauramT5503OR
14 September 2019|
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Response from SSchiffino | Reviewed this property |
Yes!!! At the entrance before you start the inside tour
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julie_g_julie
2 September 2019|
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24 August 2019|
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Response from CJseason | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, but the staff may offer to help hide your stuff until you're done
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