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Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary 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 prisoners. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The penitentiary is currently open for daytime tours every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Pass details:

The pass is valid for up to 6 people for free daytime general admission. Not recommended for children under 7.  Eastern State Penitentiary is open Friday-Sunday from 10 AM-5 PM, rain or shine. Last entry is at 4 PM and most visitors spend about 2 hours on site.

Please note:  Photographers with a tripod must purchase an equipment pass for an additional $10. No portrait photography is permitted during public hours.  The museum pass cannot be used to receive any member benefits. The pass is not valid for Terror Behind the Walls, discounts at the museum store, special events, facility rentals or paranormal investigations.  Visit their site for more information: www.easternstate.org

Eastern State Penitentiary

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The library will be closed Friday, June 21st in observance of Juneteenth.
The library will be closed Friday, June 21st in observance of Juneteenth.