Dec 08, 2008
Local company Fear No Ice will carve three designs and visitors will vote on their favorite Eastern State sculpture
(Philadelphia, December 2008): Due to the popularity of its first season, Eastern State Penitentiary will expand its Winter Adventure Tour schedule for the 2008 season. The Winter Adventure Tours, taking place December through March, are limited to 25 people, and pair each small group with an expert Eastern State tour guide. The tours consist of a one-hour guided walk through the empty penitentiary complex, and include a free cup of hot chocolate in the center surveillance hub!
Eastern State Penitentiary is beautiful in the stark, cold months of winter. But as striking as the unheated building is, it's also very cold. The tour route may change to accommodate the weather, but will generally include the cellblocks, center surveillance hub, baseball diamond, Al Capone's Cell and Death Row. There are even photographs of the inmates' Christmas celebrations on view.
To kick off the Winter Adventure Tour season, Fear No Ice, the world's first and only performance ice sculpting company, located right here in Philadelphia, will sculpt three designs based on Eastern State's architecture and history. The event will take place on Thursday, December 11, beginning at 10 am. Visitors will be able to vote on their favorite design and a winner will be announced on our website, www.EasternState.org on Monday, December 15.
Visitors must stay with the tour guide at all times during the tour. The historic site's art installations, audio tour, and history exhibits are not available during Winter Adventure Tours. The tour schedule is 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm Mondays through Fridays and every hour on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets can be reserved online at www.EasternState.org/Reservations or by phone at (215) 236-3300. Tickets are available at the door, subject to availability. Reservations are recommended.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
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.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and children ages 7-12 (children under the age of 7 cannot be admitted to the site). The penitentiary is open every day, year round. For more information and schedules, please call (215) 236-3300 or visit www.EasternState.org.