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Eastern State Penitentiary

2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really cool place that's definitely worth exploring. We didn't take a guided tour but all of the staff encountered were very helpful and knowledgeable.

Thank Chevy1806
Reviewed 3 days ago

True to Philadelphia's Quaker heritage, this was a place for inmates to contemplate their errors and rehabilitate themselves. Solitary confinement was offered as a way to help with this self examination - now considered very psychologically detrimental. There are tours. Best part for me was...More

Thank Phillygirl2017
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The history that Eastern State has within its walls is not good or bad but indifferent. The penal system has been around for some time and this particular prison was a game changer in its time. The preservation of the prison has been made throughout...More

Thank Angel_Travel_Bug
Reviewed 5 days ago

It takes a good 2-3 hours to walk around and see everything. It's a great history lesson on the penitentiary system. Very informative and educational.

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is worthy to have this space, emblematic as a penitentiary model, with a rich spaciality, nevertheless the approach from the curatoratorial team to the building is rather archaic. This space has an invaluable cultural potential, few block from the main museums of the city....More

Thank German R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Warning - there are a lot of stairs and didn't see a way around. It is interesting. I was on a self tour but the guides appeared good and I would suggest getting on one. They don't hand you a map however I would suggest...More

1  Thank Nothomemuch
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We ended up spending nearly 3 hours here. The self guided tour itself along with various exhibits was really interesting and almost perfectly laid out and organised. It seems the people who have preserved the Penitentiary have done so as a labour of love and...More

Thank BillyBloo
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a historic site with multiple floors and corridors inside and outside of the penitentiary. I have been here before, but I could not appreciate the history and features without a guided tour. The tours only happen during select times in the afternoon, but...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 6 days ago

I live near this prison and you really have to go for halloween. Book your tickets during the week while they are cheap and go just after dark. Make sure you opt to give them permission to touch you! Makes it so much scarier. First...More

Thank renee3210
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had done the haunted house before but had never taken the historical tour during the day. I was really impressed with the wealth of knowledge of the guide as well as the interesting tidbits that played into the haunted house at night. Everyone here...More

Thank SleepingInn321
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Is it ok to take photos everywhere in here? and is there a better time of year to go (crowds and weather wise)
16 May 2017|
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Response from travelbob1 | Reviewed this property |
Pictures are OK everywhere. We went in April and found the weather cloudy and chance of some rain, no crowds, plenty of time to do self-tour, good amount of info throughout the penitentiary. No bathrooms on site, just a... More
Natalie O
Hi all, my husband and I are planning a trip to Philadelphia and we'd like to visit the Penitentiary. The only thing is that we'll have our 1.5 year old daughter with us. I know the site says it's not suitable for children under 7, so we're unsure if it's worth going. Has anyone been here with toddlers? We'd keep her in her stroller...
9 May 2017|
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Response from Libby P | Reviewed this property |
The more difficult part of planning an excursion to the Penitentiary is the fact that it has a flight of stairs going down in order to purchase your tickets and another flight going up to start your tour. Most, if not all... More
How close is it to Independence Hall? .
29 April 2017|
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Response from wizlucy | Reviewed this property |
city pass in awesome way to see city I agree. used it in Boston and New Orleans and was worth the money. Independence hall is near liberty bell, constitution center, and Jewish museum. eastern state is more art museum area... More