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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

2124 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia PA 19130

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. A critically-acclaimed series of artists' installations is free with admission. Just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Events at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Daytime Historic Site Tours
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
April 6th, 2009 - January 1st, 2037
Hands-On History
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
May 23rd, 2011 - January 1st, 2037

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