Winter Hands-On History

This season, the Winter Adventure Tour program is expanded to include select Hands-On History interactive experiences, weather permitting.

These short demonstrations take place throughout the penitentiary complex, each lasting five minutes or less. An expert Eastern State tour guide leads each activity, although visitors do the bulk of the physical activities themselves. Tour descriptions follow.

How to Open a Cell
Unlock and open one of Eastern State's intricate lock systems and "escape-proof" iron cell doors.

Over the Wall
Hear more about inmates who wanted to get out of prison so desperately that they scaled the penitentiary’s massive 30-foot walls.

Visitors to the historic site can participate in Hands-On History activities before or after a tour, weather permitting. Included in admission.