Philadelphia Sights

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

  • 2027 Fairmount Ave. Map It
  • Fairmount
  • Jail

Published 02/01/2016

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Designed by John Haviland and built in 1829, Eastern State was at the time the most expensive building in America; it influenced penal design around the world and was the model for some 300 prisons from China to South America. Before it closed in 1971, the prison was home to Al Capone, Willie Sutton, and Pep the Dog, who allegedly killed the cat that belonged to a governor's wife. The audio tour of the prison features narration by actor Steve Buscemi. The penitentiary, just a half mile north of the Rodin Museum, hosts changing art exhibitions, haunted house tours around Halloween, and a Bastille Day celebration the Sunday before July 14, with a reenactment of the storming of the Bastille.

Sight Information


2027 Fairmount Ave., at 22nd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $14 adult, $12 senior, $10 student/child; tickets for the Halloween-themed night tours "Terror Behind the Walls" range $13–$45
  • Daily 10–5; last entry at 4; Sept.–Nov., daily 6:30 pm–12:30 am for Halloween-themed tours
  • Day and evening tours require separate entries and admission prices

Published 02/01/2016


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