The Eastern State Penitentiary is a National Historic Landmark that was formerly a famous prison but stands in ruin today

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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

The Eastern State Penitentiary is a National Historic Landmark that was formerly a famous prison but stands in ruin today.

The Eastern State Penitentiary is a National Historic Landmark that was formerly a famous prison but stands in ruin today. With inmates including notorious criminals like bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone, and famous visitors like Charles Dickens, the prison has seen interesting times when it was operational. It was a progressive institution that aimed to reform rather than punish, through solitary confinement. The Gothic Revival building is also rumored to be haunted. Audio guides are available, voiced by Steve Buscemi, describing the history of prisons, life of the inmates, escape attempts, artist installations on site, and more. There are also interactive guided tours as part of the Hand-On History program.























About Eastern State Penitentiary

 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States

 +1 215-236-3300

Eastern State Penitentiary and Nearby Sights on Map

Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia displays the largest collection of Rodin's work outside of Paris, with over 140 bronzes, marbles and plasters in a beautiful Beaux-Arts building

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Franklin Institute Science Museum displays some good exhibits for kids, including a Gengis Khan section, a multimedia exhibit on Benjamin Franklin, and scientific artifacts such as the Wright Brothers' original drawings, a giant-sized human heart, and a pre-electronic mechanical robot

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses one of the largest collections of art in the USA, with its collection of 227,000 objects spanning Renaissance paintings, Asian and medieval art from the 3rd millenium BCE, Impressionist and Modern paintings, and furniture

Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has a natural history museum, exhibiting a 42-feet long Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and other Mesozoic creatures in the Dinosaur Hall, butterflies from South America, Africa and Asia in the Butterflies! tropical Garden, Dioramas of Asian, African and American wildlife, and an interesting collection in Marveling at Mollusks

The Comcast Center

The 975 feet tall glass and steel building of the Comcast Center is Philadelphia's tallest skyscraper and the headquareters of the cable provider

The Mütter Museum

Not for the faint of heart! The Mutter Museum is a medical museum, displaying wet anatomical specimens in formaldehyde or alcohol, osteological specimens with a section on forensic anthropology, models, and medical instruments from different time periods

Wagner Free Institute of Science

The Wagner Institute is a science and natural history museum housed in a Victorian setting

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The 200 year old Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the oldest art museum and school in the US, with an impressive roster of alumni that includes some of the best-known names in American art such as Jack Delano and Bo Bartlett

Rosenbach Museum and Library

The Rosenbach Museum exhibits the collection of art, rare literature and manuscripts owned by the Rosenbach brothers, the book dealers who popularized the collection of American literature

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is an open green park surrounded by high-rises, where locals hang out during lunch break and evenings