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.
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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