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The towering Gothic facade of the Eastern State Penitentiary has a haunting presence in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood. In reality, though, the wheel-shaped penitentiary is a historic landmark and represents a once revolutionary era in prison reform.
Founded by Quakers who believed that solitary confinement could reform criminals, the Eastern State Penitentiary set the stage for hundreds of future prisons worldwide. Today, you can visit Al Capone’s former cell, take an audio tour narrated by Steve Buscemi, and see unique art installations like “Ghost Cats” surrounding the eerie grounds.
The Sightseeing Pass grants you free admission to the Eastern State Penitentiary.
Daily: 10:00am - 5:00pm. Last entry at 4:00pm.Thanksgiving Day: ClosedChristmas Eve: ClosedChristmas Day: ClosedNew Year's Day: Closed
Present your Sightseeing Pass at the ticket desk at the Eastern State Penitentiary.