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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Address: 2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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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
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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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Piece of History

It's Eastern State Penitentiary. You have to visit at least once. It's a neat piece of history that you have to see to believe.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's Eastern State Penitentiary. You have to visit at least once. It's a neat piece of history that you have to see to believe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Eastern State Penitentiary is the nation's first penitentiary, a place where criminals were locked up to pay "penance" for their crime. The place is very old and run-down, and because it would have been too expensive to demolish, it was turned into a museum. When we went, we wore hardhats to wear "just in case." The prison is very dark... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time going here. Went for the Halloween attraction and regular tour. Was alot of fun alot to learn on both. Two different ways to experience and both ways are great.

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Stamford, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They have different level of tours and during Halloween,...it's a HUGE event. You've got to do it at LEAST once to know what you're not missing. Not for the squeamish. Actors heavily dressed up in latex will sneak up on you while waiting in line so bring your heart meds. There are also private tours that take you deeper into... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The oldest penetentiary in the US, this is a fascinating place. A great place to explore. We took the audio tour, which is excellent. My wife has a lower tolerance for historical detail than I do, but she said the audio tour was just right. Bring a sweatshirt for cool days, as the stone buildings are chilly. This really is... More 

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was a very interesting place to tour. I loved seeing Al Capone's cell and being able to explore inside and out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent two hours at the Penitentiary. The building is really interesting and we were all entertained and educated. The staff was very helpful and admission includes an audio tour that was very interesting (narrated by Steve Buscemi). Our boys (ages 11-16) were highly entertained and the museum included provocative exhibit on current US penal system and its failings. If... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots to see and learn, audio guide is good as it allows you to go at your own speed. We were there for the night time terror behind the walls but was traveling with wimps! Definitely worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My oldest daughter has been coming here for years...for the scare..they have the best atmosphere of greakie things...they go on groups of ten or more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Incredibly informative tour.highly recommend. AL Capon had it rough... Carpeted cell, comfy chair... Weekly dinners with the warden.

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