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Eastern State Penitentiary Tour

Monday, October 16, 2017
12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Location: 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia
Restricted to members and their guests
Contact: Marion Blow

The guided portion of the tour takes approximately 60 minutes and the group will:
  • Explore Eastern State, the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire true regret in the hearts of criminals
  • Walk the cellblocks; step inside a recreated cell
  • Examine Eastern State’s revolutionary architecture
  • Discuss the “Pennsylvania System” of separate confinement
  • Hear true escape stories
  • Contemplate the lives of inmates and guards who once called Eastern State home
  • Witness the deteriorating effects of the building’s near two decade abandonment
  • Make connections between the history of Eastern State and prisons today 

After the guided tour, you are welcome to further explore the site to:
  • View the newest exhibit Prisons Today: Questions In the Age of Mass Incarceration
  • Engage in Hands-On History interactive experiences
  • Visit Al Capone’s cell
  • See the fully restored synagogue and Jewish Life exhibit
  • View art installations
  • Visit the Museum Store
Registration, payments and cancellations* must be made by October  13, 2017.
*No refunds will be given after this date.


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