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.
(includes audio tour, guided tour and exhibits) $16; $14 (ages 62+); $12 (ages 7-12 and students with ID). Tour is not recommended for children under 7.
Save $2.00 on adult admission for daytime historic tours
Hours: Daily 10-5. Guided tours depart daily at 2; phone ahead to confirm schedule. Last admission is 1 hour before closing. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.