Tour Historic Eastern State Penitentiary!
Open Arts members can tour Eastern State Penitentiary for FREE Monday through Friday!
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 convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.
Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, is included in admission. Hands-On History interactive experiences and critically acclaimed artist installations are also included. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Offer valid Monday through Friday
Offer valid Monday through Friday only.