Eastern State Penitentiary

History Museum, Historic Site, and Prison
Fairmount - Art Museum, Philadelphia
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  • Melissa L.
    "well with a haunted attraction"(10 Tips)
    Rachel O.
    "So interactive and can go at your own pace if you do the audio tour!"(20 Tips)
    Amandeep G.
    "Audio guide is great - loved Steve Buscemi's voice guiding me!"(6 Tips)
    Kelli R.
    "Halloween season for Terror"(3 Tips)
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  • Daniel J.
    Daniel JafariJanuary 7, 2016
    Do visit the restored synagogue and Jewish exhibit
  • Mark L.
    Mark LippiJune 17, 2013
    Don't miss the art installations
  • Luke C.
    Luke CardyDecember 27, 2015
    One of the best things we did in Philadelphia. Fantastic day out and the audio guide by Steve Buschemi is a really nice touch!
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChiangJuly 4, 2016
    Great mix of exploring on your own, guided tours, and audio tours. You can spend hours in here
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzMay 8, 2016
    You can watch a movie about the ESP at the gift shop for free :)
  • linda d.
    linda divonOctober 2, 2011
    I grew up in the neighborhood.. got married had kids,they attened st francis.. awesome place to live
  • Steve_923NOW
    Steve_923NOWOctober 21, 2010
    Had a great time.. Watch out for the people that pop out of the walls and walk behind you...
  • Justin S.
    Justin ShinMarch 30, 2014
    Go see the hole!
  • Greg B.
    Greg BazOctober 22, 2011
    You can sign the liability waiver "Your Mom". No one will notice.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MyersAugust 24, 2013
    Awesome audio tour! Definitely helps if you live in Fairmount because its free!
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PhillipsOctober 3, 2010
    Visit London Grill to have a tequila shot before you you go in!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The former jail, complete with Gothic towers, turrets and Al Capone's cushy cell, is scary in a good way. Read more
  • Cristóbal C.
    If you want to have Al Capone swag, this is the place. A must see in Philly
  • NBC Philadelphia
    NBC PhiladelphiaJuly 18, 2011
    This U.S. National Historic Landmark housed notorious criminals such as Willie Sutton and Al Capone. The prison was closed and abandoned in 1971, re-opening for public tours in 1994.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CruzMarch 13, 2015
    If you tour during a cold day, dress warmly (scarf, gloves). The prison is a giant freezer in winter but it's still worth the visit. Charles Dickens wanted to visit two places in America: This was one
  • Philip H.
    Philip HeJanuary 6
    Audio guide is very informative. The building should be equipped with heating for better experience.
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SantosJanuary 24, 2012
    far, but we must go
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FilthJanuary 20, 2013
    Lol! Steve Buscemi audio tour!
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DispenzaJuly 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    it's a photographers dream and the history there is amazing! Take the tours!
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdDecember 12, 2014
    This place hosts an awesome holiday party every year.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LaForgeJanuary 8, 2013
    I can't believe I almost left Philly without doing this! Its a cool place with a lot of history. The guided tour is the same price as regular entry. Take the tour and explore on your own afterward.
  • Steven M.
    Steven MillerOctober 20, 2012
    Eastern State Penitentiary, a grim, 172-year-old former state prison, was once home to famous inmates Al Capone and Willie Sutton. Pained former prisoners are said to haunt Eastern State’s dark halls
  • Lily D.
    Lily DvorkinaJanuary 19, 2014
    Interesting audio and walk around tour. Wish they had a night scare tour that would scare the pants off of everyone
  • Ron G.
    Ron GJune 23, 2013
    I'm a victim of circumstance.
  • Kenneth L.
    Kenneth LucasOctober 28, 2010
    Terror Behind The Walls VIP tour is the way to go!
  • Amandeep G.
    Amandeep GillDecember 14, 2014
    Highly recommended! Audio guide is great - loved Steve Buscemi's voice guiding me! Al Capone's cell is very interesting, as the stories of old prisoners. Warning - is *very* cold in the winter!
  • Rob H.
    Rob HartsellJune 21, 2013
    Spooky! It must have sucked to be an inmate here.
  • Devon M.
    Devon MurtaghOctober 5, 2013
    Try not to shit your pants!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MelilloJuly 10, 2011
    The self-guided audio tour was phenomenal. Narrated by Steve Buscemi :)
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaOctober 12, 2014
    Just keep in mind that they are actors and you'll be fine. After every scream, comes a laugh! Rip off that necklace as soon as you get scared and swat the scary monsters with it!! It's fun
  • ScibraryGirl C.
    ScibraryGirl CJanuary 26, 2013
    Bundle up in winter months...it's really cold.
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  • Krystal H.
    Krystal HardingNovember 20, 2014
    Great place for pictures and wonderful to learn about local history.
  • David I.
    David IngledowMarch 19, 2015
    Very interesting museum and definitely worth a visit - didn't realise that Al Capone was a resident here for a short while.
  • Stacy Ê.
    Stacy Êtes BelleAugust 9, 2013
    This was really cool to see quite interesting to hear the history and see! Really enjoyed !
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereMarch 28, 2016
    A hidden gem in a nice neighborhood
  • Concierge
    ConciergeMay 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    All active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families can enjoy free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day.thanks to the Blue Star Museum program!
  • Amaury
    AmauryMarch 31
    Make sure you wander around. Loved the audio tour. Precise and to the point. Amazing history! $10 with student ID.
  • Caitlin F.
    Caitlin FendlerSeptember 22, 2013
    Buy early time ticket and show up up to an hour late and will still be in lines.
  • Yueshalom E.
    The whole theme is awesome, you really have fun there, although they should have more stuff to sell at the store, better souvenirs
  • KIRA C.
    KIRA COWARTOctober 29, 2010
    Must do! Very scary
  • Dawn   :o) D.
    It was so cool. Check out the barbers chair and the capone cell.
  • Eric E.
    Eric EspositoOctober 1, 2011
    This place is a must see attraction!
  • Urban Oyster
    Urban OysterJanuary 24, 2011
    This museum deserves a lot of credit for being one of the few prison museums that engages with the contemporary story of American prisons and does more than just haunted houses and ghost stories.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SearlOctober 17, 2010
    Fantastic place to visit and learn of some of the best history in Philadelphia. Don't miss Al Capone's cell or the amazing haunted house they put on each October.
  • Stefan S.
    Stefan StathopoulosDecember 31, 2016
    A must see to Philly!Take the audio tour and have at least an extra 2 hours to visit every corner. It's well worth it.
  • Kryptikus
    KryptikusOctober 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Terror Behind the Walls rocks!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LykingSeptember 6, 2011
    take the guided tour!! Its fun and interesting!
  • J S.
    J ScottNovember 8, 2012
    Imagine yourself a prison guard, stand at the center where you can see down all the corridors
  • Diedra F.
    Diedra FahrnerJuly 15, 2013
    Seriously bad a**! My hubby and I LOVED it!! Great guide-led tour and I heard from other ppl the Audio tour was awesome too! Worth your time!
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