Museum: Eastern State Penitentiary

Opened in 1829 as part of a controversial movement to change the behavior of inmates through “confinement in solitude with labor,” Eastern State Penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive and most copied buildings in the young United States. Some of America’s most notorious criminals were held in the Penitentiary including bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone.

Hours:
Monday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm (last entry at 3:45pm)

Notes About Lunch:
Outdoor seating, not protected from the elements, is available for groups bringing a bag lunch. A few uncovered picnic tables, located on the Penitentiary’s baseball diamond, can comfortably accommodate up to 30-40 people. Seating is first come, first served. We do not have an indoor place to eat during inclement weather or a place to store lunches during your visit.

Address:
2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130.  Click here for directions.

Available Experiences:
Self-Guided Tour
“The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour is included with admission.  When you visit Eastern State Penitentiary, you’ll get an mp3 player and headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison’s history.

Admission Information:
$4.00 per person for self-guided tour