Reopening Day: Eastern State Penitentiary

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    Eastern State Penitentiary is reopening its cellblocks with expanded programming. Starting March 12, the historic site will be open for tours Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Plus, for the first time in a year, Cellblock 11, which hosts several artist installations, the restored Alfred W. Fleisher Memorial Synagogue, and The William Portner Memorial Exhibit on Jewish Life will be open for visitors to explore!


    Learn more about Eastern State’s 142-year history as an active prison and reflect on the legacy of criminal justice reform in America. “The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi and featuring the voices of former prisoners and correctional staff, guide visitors through the penitentiary complex, including popular points of interest such as Al Capone’s Cell, Death Row, and the award-winning exhibit Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration.


    Staff and visitors (ages 2+) are required to wear face masks, even if they've received a COVID-19 vaccine. Physical distancing (at least 6 feet) is required throughout the site. Timed tickets must be purchased online in advance. For more on health and safety guidelines, visit

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Reopening Day: Eastern State Penitentiary
  • 2027 Fairmount Avenue
  • Philadelphia, PA 19130
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  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
  • Timed tickets required ($15-$19)