Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

4.7
#2 of 360 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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  • It was a fun Halloween date night, and I enjoyed walking through the penitentiary in general. I love that I was able to send a letter from jail and that I will receive it in a couple of years via... 
    It was a fun Halloween date night, and I enjoyed walking through the penitentiary in general. I love that I was able to send a letter from jail and that I will receive it in a couple of years via...  more »
  • 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 »
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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.
  • Cool experience! The place is very well maintained and the guides are very informative, nice, and answer all your questions politely. There is also an audio tour available. You can see old cells including Al Capone's lavishly furnished cell. Great experience for the whole family!

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