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Eastern State Penitentiary

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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“al capone”(325 reviews)
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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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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed yesterday

Great guide! very nice history about eh beggining of the solitaires! Al Capone was there. We can also see the interesting method where 1 guard could watch everybody.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Adonaif
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you’ve been to Philly and you’ve never been to Eastern State, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Not only on a fun, unusual museum, but on a chance to learn about an often swept-under-the-rug facet of American history. The site is visually stunning, educational, fun, and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank pvtsam1775
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a great stop. We took the hospital guided tour which id highly recommend. Tour is limited to 30 people - so line up early. The audio as part of the normal admissions was perfect. I dont regret not doing the 2pm guided tour....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank B6178DOtanyac
Reviewed 3 days ago

Highly recommended. My kids loved it too. Unheated and so be aware in very cold weather it can get cold. Audio tour included in admission and really helps understand the prison.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Frank P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Walking tour, even in the rain and wind well Worth it. My 13 year old Daughter loves it. Narrated by Steve Buscemi. In and out in 90 Minutes! A must do!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Stacey H
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a very educational prison. My daughter said it was almost as interesting as Alcatraz. There were a couple inappropriate stories in some areas, but there were parental advisories. This will definitely leave wonderful memories in our hearts.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank travelingwmama
Reviewed 5 days ago

We’ve been coming to Philly for the last 8 years and never had visited. So, we decided to check it out. I know people tend to visit during Halloween due to the reputation of it be very haunted. We went on a Saturday and it...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank CBAmom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Haunting in many ways. A taste of history and the human condition. A tour of prison life in the 1800's to 1900's but also a great example of preserved decay. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank GregF1465
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Eastern State a few years in a row for their Terror Behind The Walls! It is a pretty awesome Halloween Attraction! Besides for the scary rooms, make up and live actors scaring the pants off of you the MAIN ATTRACTION is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank djkrisszanto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Admission is fairly priced. It's a self guided tour in which you're provided a headset and an audiobox which covers every station both on and off the "guided" tour. Staff seemed to be very knowledgeable and were engaging. If you have an afternoon to spare,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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6 March 2019|
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Response from alimited162 | Reviewed this property |
You can walk around alone. It's very helpful to listen to the ear phone tour.
10 October 2018|
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Response from 530beverlyr | Reviewed this property |
Very easy and I recommend it. We Uber or took Lift all over the place. Also do the hop on hop off bus tour, u can see the whole city and then ride to where u want get in and off, we did that too- just another option 😁
24 September 2018|
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Response from MatthewMoggridge | Reviewed this property |
I'd say that yes, there probably are areas that are off limits; however, those areas are probably not worth looking at as they're in a state of disrepair. As you wander around, you see (if my memory serves me correctly, an... More