Eastern State Penitentiary
Photo by J. Fusco for 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 held approximately 80,000 people during its 142 years of operation, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

Visitors tour the historic site using “The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour, the organization’s signature program, which is narrated by actor Steve Buscemi and features the voices of former prisoners and correctional staff. The audio tour guides visitors through the penitentiary complex. Explore history exhibits like the synagogue, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. Learn more about the criminal justice reform today with The Big Graph and Prisons Today. View a collection of critically acclaimed, site-specific artist installations.

Adult $21.00
Senior $19.00
Student $17.00
Child (age 7 - 12) $17.00
Sub Total: $0.00
Open Daily
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last reservation 3:30 p.m.)

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Night Tours

Night Tours: Summer Twilight

Explore the historic cellblocks of Eastern State Penitentiary as the sun goes down.


Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
United States