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Audio Tour

Audio Tour

This rich, stereo soundscape mixes dozens of voices – including three former wardens and 25 guards and inmates – creating an intimate walking tour of Eastern State’s cellblocks and yards.

When you visit Eastern State Penitentiary, you'll get an mp3 player and headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. This audio guide contains a main audio route (available below), plus additional stops for subjects like escapes, riots, sports, sexuality, and more. You are free to tour at your own pace and to listen to (or skip) stops based on your interests.

"The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour is included with admission. Narrated by actor Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Armageddon, Ghost World).

Audio Stop 1: Introduction
Audio Stop 2: Prisons Before Eastern
Audio Stop 3: First Modern Building
Audio Stop 4: A Prisoner's Life
Audio Stop 5: Effects of Isolation
Audio Stop 6: The Results
Audio Stop 7: Reactions to Eastern
Audio Stop 8: End of Isolation
Audio Stop 9: 20th Century
Audio Stop 10: Conclusion