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Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Avenue

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc. works to preserve and restore the architecture of Eastern State Penitentiary; to make the Penitentiary accessible to the public; to explain and interpret its complex history; to place current issues of corrections and justice in an historical framework; and to provide a public forum where these issues are discussed. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc. carries out these activities using the highest standards in educational and public programming, and in conservation. While the interpretive program advocates no specific position on the state of American prisons, the program is built on the belief that the problems facing Eastern State Penitentiary's founders have not yet been solved, and that the issues these early prison reformers addressed remain of central importance to our nation. Adopted by the Board of Directors, December 1999.


Armin Rad

Sunday, July 15, 2018
I think this place is one of the coolest museums you may ever seen. They atmosphere is so cool including a lot of different aspects of daily life of a prisoner back in 1800s and 1900s. Along with an awesome voice tour guide, you can visit every single room on your own and get lots of information in like 2 hours. I believe it is awesome that they preserved the place and didn't demolish it after it was closed down. Lots of stories about famous prisoners and life styles back that time, and the architect of the place itself will amaze you. This is another MUST SEE place here at Philly.

Shane A

Monday, July 16, 2018
Audio tour and go as you please. Historical landmark which taught me where the word penitentiary came from and a lot of other facts that I would’ve never know had I not came to this fascinating place. People were friendly and staff were super helpful. Learning is always fun especially when you can actually touch and get a sense of how people actually lived in their cells. Being able to go into the cell was eerie and unimaginable. This is a 2 day event. Its so much information and unless you spend the entire day inside you will not be able to get it all. One thing I must say. They have a charging station with a lock and key so you can charge your phone and continue viewing the grounds.

marc phillips

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Pretty neat place. Lots of great history. I hope to come back during the fall and try to do some haunted tours. Tour guides were very nice and knowledgeable. Kids running around were little brats but who am I to judge. I’ll definitely be back. Glad they saved this place.

Pete Long

Saturday, July 14, 2018
This was one of the coolest tours I've ever taken. Take your camera! the extra for allowing a tripod! Do what i didn't, get the self guided tour with the remote. The decay is cool, but the history is cooler. You want to get as much out of a single trip as you can! Plan on spending the day.

Abby Springer

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
5 stars for the super amazing staff here!!! The audio tour was great too :) I went on the weekend, so street parking was free and pretty easy to find. Couldn't go wrong with the admission price either.

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