Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Jail

Fodor’s Expert Review

Designed by John Haviland and built in 1829, Eastern State was at the time the most expensive building in America; it influenced penal design... READ MORE

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.

READ LESS
Jail

Quick Facts

2027 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19130, USA

215-236–3300

www.easternstate.org

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: $14 adult, $12 senior, $10 student/child; tickets for the Halloween-themed night tours "Terror Behind the Walls" range $13–$45, Day and evening tours require separate entries and admission prices

Location

Loading...

What’s Nearby

Book an Experience at Philadelphia VIEW ALL

Find a Hotel

Around the Web