Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2610
Hours of Operations: 10 am to 5 pm (last entry: 4 pm) Every day, twelve months a year Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.
Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts.
Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.
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