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Eastern State Penitentiary
238 locals recommend
About this place
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.
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2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
+1 215-236-3300
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
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Cecil
Cecil
February 11, 2019
Haunted house old prison from many decades ago.
Andrea
Andrea
January 16, 2019
When Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world. 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. The building itself was an…
Andrew
Andrew
January 15, 2019
Once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.
Andrew
Andrew
January 15, 2019
Once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.
Jen
Jen
December 26, 2018
This isn't a museum per say, but iconic, historical jail/insane asylum where you can go on tours of this hauntingly beautiful place and learn all about the history. They also put on a great seasonal haunted house.