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    Eastern State Penitentiary: Reopening August 14!

    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

    2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Friday August 14th 2020 to Thursday December 31st 2020

    • Sundays

      10 am to 5 pm

    • Fridays

      10 am to 5 pm

    • Saturdays

      10 am to 5 pm

    • With the exception of the following dates:

      Friday December 25th 2020 from 10 am to 5 pm

    Eastern State Penitentiary reopens to the public August 14! During its first phase of reopening, the historic site is open for tours Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Timed tickets must be purchased online in advance. Masks and physical distancing required. Visit for details.

    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. 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.


    Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. Admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour; our award-winning exhibits on mass incarceration; history exhibits; and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.

    Accessibility Information

    Sign language and verbal descriptive interpreters are available by request. Please email Guest Support at at least two weeks prior to your visit to request an interpreter.

    Our Accessibility Committee is working to add open captions and to provide transcriptions so that all videos and films onsite are accessible. All films in our Prisons Today exhibit have open captions.

    Many visitors with mobility needs visit Eastern State Penitentiary every year. That said, the penitentiary complex is not fully ADA compliant. The building is nearly 200 years old, and is a National Historic Landmark. Sections of it may never be fully accessible. The tour route is equipped with ADA compliant ramps and meets most ADA guidelines.

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    $11 - $15

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