Eastern State Penitentiary was in use for 142 years (1829-1971), making it a great place to study many topics in American History. Teachers who plan to visit Eastern State might find these tools useful to prepare for, or to wrap up, a field trip. For those who are unable to visit, we hope these lesson plans will provide an interesting look into our history.
Guide-led group tours are available from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. A minimum of one week's notice is required to book guide-led tours; however, capacity is limited and tours are subject to availability. Please book early for best availability.
Guided tours may begin after 5:00 pm;* however, there is a $50 surcharge for these tours.
*All tours must begin at least 90 minutes before sunset.