Eastern State Penitentiary

Local nameEastern State Penitentiary
LocationPhiladelphia, United States

The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971. The penitentiary refined the revolutionary system of separate incarceration first pioneered at the Walnut Street Jail which emphasized principles of reform rather than punishment.Notorious criminals such as Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton were held inside its innovative wagon wheel design. James Bruno and several male relatives were incarcerated here between 1936 and 1948 for the alleged murders in the Kelayres massacre of 1934, before they were paroled. At its completion, the building was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected in the United States, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide.

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Opening hours

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.)
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Check the website for the exact timings of the guided tours.


Online / On the spot
Adults: $14 / $16
Seniors: $12 / $14
Students & Kids: $10 /$12

The general admission include "The Voices of Eastern State" audio tour.

The Museum is not recommended for children under the age of seven.

More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_State_Penitentiary

Official Website https://www.easternstate.org/

Phone +1 215 236 3300

Address 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

Coordinates 39°58'6.006" N -75°10'21.548" E

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