General Interest Groups

Although most of our visitors prefer the standard basic history tour, Eastern State can tailor the tour to your group's interest. When booking your tour, please let us know if you would like your tour to focus on one or more of the following topics: religious influence, architecture, criminal justice, or escapes.

Guided Kids Tour
Designed with students in mind (Download our Academic Standards Brochure) , this interactive tour is a favorite among elementary through high school teachers and tour leaders, and is also great for summer camps and scout groups. Recommended for kids 10 years of age and older. Led by a member of our guide staff. Limited to groups of 15 to 125. 1 hour. Note: Tours are not recommended for children under the age of seven (7).

Guided Adult Tour
Perfect for college classes as well as senior citizen and professional groups. This general interest tour highlights Eastern State’s fascinating 142-year history, revolutionary architecture, notorious inmates and world-wide influence. Led by a member of our guide staff. Limited to groups of 15 to 125. 1 hour.

Guided Quick-Glance Tour
This 30-minute highlights tour is perfect for groups primarily coming to Eastern State to sketch or photograph the building or for groups with limited time. On days when the Penitentiary is open to the public the group is welcome to remain on site after their tour at no additional charge to photograph, sketch or view the artist installations and history exhibits until the site closes at 5 pm. Limited to groups of 15 to 125. 30 minutes.