Attractions - Historic Homes and Buildings

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site


AmericaÆs most historic prison, the Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. No longer a home to prisoners such as bank robber Slick Willie Sutton and gangster Al Capone, today the Eastern State Penitentiary offers a comprehensive visitor experience. A trip to Eastern State includes an audio tour narrated by Steve Buscemi and a hands-on experience that allows visitors to unlock an escape-proof cell door in addition to other activities. In the fall, Eastern State also offers one of the scariest haunted houses in the country, Terror Behind the Walls.

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Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 1.69 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 0.80 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 1.23 miles


Facility Amenities

  • Accessible by Public Transit
  • Comp for Guides
  • Handicap Access
  • Onsite Parking

Facility Information

  • Family Friendly

Group Information

  • Group Friendly

Venue Amenities

  • Guided Tours Available


Hours Sun

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours Mon

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours Tue

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours Wed

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours Thurs

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours Fri

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours Sat

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours Special

  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


Facility Amenities

  • Guided Tour Available

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