Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., opened in 1829 with a revolutionary design in prison facilities: private cells with skylights, individual recreation areas and cellblocks radiating from a central rotunda. Also new was the reform concept that replaced brutality with isolation and productive work. Multimedia displays and art exhibitions portray life on the inside. Original cell blocks, center surveillance hub, a baseball diamond, Al Capone's cell and Death Row can be seen. An audio tour, a 1-hour guided tour and interactive exhibits are available.
Note: The building is unheated, and access to tour sites may change due to weather.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.