Opened in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was America's first penitentiary. Designed to inspire penitence in the heart of convicts, its prisons walls once housed the famous gangster Al Capone. Today, the site remains as a historic site filled with crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Who knows what you might find?
10 a.m to 5 p.m.*
*Last entry 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Open on Easter Sunday
This general admission ticket includes "The Voices of Eastern State" audio tour, hands-on history interactive experiences, history exhibits and artist installations.
From December through March the site is only open for Winter Adventure Tours. Space is limited. Reservations required.
Instructions for online purchases:
After completing an online ticket purchase, an order confirmation, from which e-tickets may be printed, will be sent to the email address provided during checkout.
Note: To purchase tickets online through this system, you must have access to print your ticket(s) before arriving to the attraction. No exceptions.
Tickets purchased through Independence Visitor Center are not valid for special exhibitions and credit toward memberships.